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Ruben
Ruben
OK, team! Requirements. Go!

Stakeholders

Ray
Ray
The first thing we did on Adopt-a-Dog was list the stakeholders.
Georgina
Georgina
Well, there’s us, the eMe’s creator. That’s obvious.
Marcus
Marcus
For the get-a-job purpose of the eMe, recruiters are another stakeholder. They want to find the best match for their jobs. An eMe can give the information they need to find a good fit.

Adela
Adela
OK, a question. You could make your eMe for just getting a job out of school, and that’s it. So, yes, that would be the recruiters.

But maybe you see your eMe as a long-term thing. Use it to build your reputation, get known in the professional community you’re most interested in. It would help you move your career along, not just get that first job. If you wanted that, who would the stakeholders be?

Marcus
Marcus
Good question. I’m thinking about the long-term. I’m in HR, and I think I’d like to work in head hunting, for high-paying jobs. Instead of waiting for job candidates to come to you, you go out and find them.

I might not be able to get one of those jobs right out of school. But say I make an eMe, write about head hunting, list good sites, get a reputation. Do that, as well as networking in SHRM meetings. That’s the Society of Human Resource Management. Then if a job comes up, someone might think of me.

So I guess other HR professionals are one of the stakeholders. Not just when they’re recruiting, but… when they’re just doing HR.

Georgina
Georgina
OK, that makes sense. But we’re all getting ready to graduate, and that first job is the most important thing.

So how about we look at the recruiters for now. Keep other HR professionals in mind, but not make that our current focus. Can you live with that?

Marcus
Marcus
Sure, I can live with that. Makes the eMe easier to build.

The team is deciding the scope of the project. They decided to limit it to the immediate concern of getting their first job after graduation. Starting with a narrow scope is a Good Idea.

Adela
Adela
OK, so we have two stakeholders:

  • Us, the eMe’s owner
  • Recruiters

There are also people you want to know about you in the long term, but we’re going to leave them aside for now.

Anyone else?

Georgina
Georgina
Well, it depends on what else you want eMe for. If you want to… I don’t know, show off your pottery, then other potters might be stakeholders.

But I think that we should leave them out of it, too, for the first eMe we make.

Ray
Ray
Agreed. That leaves us with just ourselves, and recruiters. Shall we see what Ruben thinks?
Ruben
Ruben
That’s OK with me. You’re focusing on the most important goals right now, and that’s fine.

Now what?

eMe owner’s requirements

Adela
Adela
Let’s see. Most of us know what type of job we want. I want to be in auditing. I’d want people to know that.

So that’s one requirement. Let recruiters know what I want to work in.

Oh, but if I couldn’t get an auditing job I wanted, I’d take another job, as long as I could learn a lot.

Georgina
Georgina
We want to show what we can do. Things like:

  • Course grades in our majors
  • Internships
  • Things we’ve made

I want to include IS projects I’ve done, including the systems I make in this course. I’m going to leave them on the server, and link to them from my eMe. Recruiters can use working systems that I’ve built.

No matter what your major, think about keeping a system you make in the course on your eMe. Web skills are useful in every field. If you’re a marketing major, it’s impressive if you can say, “Oh, and you can go to this URL, and try out a system I made for running exhibitions. If you like, you can try it now, on your iPad.”

Ray
Ray
Awards, too, like the dean’s list. Recommendations as well.
Marcus
Marcus
This is all good, but we have to look at things from the recruiter’s point of view. We need to give them the information they need.

Recruiters’ requirements

Adela
Adela
You’re the HR dude, Marcus. What do they want to know?
Marcus
Marcus
Well, there are three types of things we talked about in HR classes. The first one is your skills for the job, like tech skills for IS jobs, accounting skills for accounting jobs, like that.

The second thing is working with other people. Can you write well? Can you give a presentation? Can you be part of a team?

The third thing is about you, as a person. Do you like the kind of work you do? Are you open minded? Can your boss give you something to do, and you run with it, without someone standing over you?

Adela
Adela
OK, so three things:

  • Specific work skills
  • Working with other people
  • You as a person

That’s a good way to divide things up.

The team is organizing their thinking about the eMe’s requirements. They have a list of categories they can put information into. According to Marcus, the categories will make sense to recruiters.

Look for ways to organize your thinking. You can help IS users organize their thinking, as well.

Georgina
Georgina
OK, we know how to do the work skills. Grades, sample projects, etc.

The second thing, working with people. I did some stuff for a technical writing class that the professor really liked. I can put that on there.

Ray, that speech you gave in student org meeting. That’s on YouTube. It’s great. You should link that up.

Marcus
Marcus
Yeah, that’s the sort of thing. Grades from writing classes, work you’ve done. If you have a reference letter that talks about how well you communicate.

Oh, and teams you’ve worked on. Like, some of us in the SHRM student group organized mock interviews, got some recruiters to come in.

Ray
Ray
What about the last one, you-as-a-person?
Marcus
Marcus
Same deal. Recommendations from other people are good. And things you’ve done, especially things in your field that you didn’t have to do.

Georgina, you learned that geeky thing, with the snake, just ‘cause you thought it was cool.

Georgina
Georgina
Oh, you mean Python. It’s a programming language.

Adela
Adela
We’re doing well!

Should we make a final list of requirements?

Exercise: eMe requirements
Do a requirements analysis for your eMe. Make it specific to yourself, not generic. The goals should be specific to what you want to achieve.

  • List the stakeholders. Include whomever you want your site to serve. You do not need to limit yourself to recruiters.
  • List requirements for each stakeholder.

Make a page on your eMe with this information. Don’t make a menu link to the page. Submit the URL of the page (not just the URL of the home page).

(If you were logged in as a student, you could submit an exercise solution, and get some feedback.)

Summary

The team listed two stakeholders: the eMe’s owner, and recruiters. There could be more, but the team decided not to include them for now.

Recruiters want to know about:

  • Specific work skills
  • Working with other people
  • You as a person