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Requirements Collaboration-TFS & inteGREAT

Siddharth Bhatia
Microsoft Visual Studio Principal Program Manager Lead

Asif Sharif
Chief Technologist – eDev Technologies

During this webinar we will explain and demonstrate how the inteGREAT RLM software extends the capabilities of Microsoft’s TFS & Office platforms; combined providing a comprehensive, simple to use, highly scalable, requirements solution for all project stakeholders.

As part of this presentation we will demonstrate:

  • Creating and saving requirements and specifications to a central TFS database
  • Reusing requirements & specifications (data, process, actors, etc.)
  • Modifying Word & Excel documents and performing an incremental import  into inteGREAT
  • Automatically generating project documents in Word, Excel & Visio; including Use Case, Test Case and traceability documents
  • Automatically generating mockups of an application from previously created requirements
  • Performing an Impact Assessment
  • Creating a baseline of a project and comparing it to the current state
  • Collaborating online to review and approve requirements or raise issues and tasks against them

Date: April 25th
Time:  1:00 p.m. — 2:00 p.m. EDT

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The inteGREAT ed Quest for Software Requirements

Roxanne Miller CBAP®, President of Requirements Quest
Author of The Quest for Software Requirements

Join eDev Technologies and Requirements Quest to see how the latest release of our Requirements Lifecycle Management tool, inteGREAT, supports the methodologies outlined in Roxanne Miller’s “The Quest for Software Requirements”

Date: April 23rd
Time:  1:00 p.m. — 2:00 p.m. EDT

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Requirements Elicitation
Part 2 – 5 Best Practices

Sola Oduko, BA, MA, MBA,
ISEB  ITIL® Expert accreditation in IT Service Management,

Are you a seasoned business analyst who is wondering why you haven’t been so successful eliciting requirements? Or, have you just been assigned to elicit requirements and don’t know how and where to start?
We all have been there. At one of your initial meetings you asked your users “What are your requirements?” and got the following replies: “we don’t know”; “to enable us perform our work better”; or, “we are okay with whatever you suggest a best practice system can do”.

It’s time to stop struggling and increase your success at eliciting requirements by attending our two-part webinar series, on the 5 No-Nos and 5 Best practice methods for eliciting requirements. Sola will explore the five mistakes most people make while eliciting requirements and further expose you to how to make requirements elicitation a fun thing. Sola has lead implementation of several application and technology infrastructure projects, and has managed several business analysts in eliciting and documenting requirements.

Learning objectives:

  • Recognize and understand different techniques for eliciting requirements.
  • Understand the 5 No-Nos of requirements elicitation.
  • Become familiar with 5 Best Practice methods for eliciting requirements.

Course Outline:

  • Overview of requirements elicitation techniques.
  • The Five NO-NOs of requirements elicitation.
  • The Five Best Practice methods for eliciting requirements.
  • Applying what you have learnt at your workplace.

Requirements Elicitation Part 2 – 5 Best Practices :

Date: April 4th
Time:  1:00 p.m. — 2:00 p.m. EDT

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Requirements Elicitation
Part 1 – 5 The  No-Nos

Sola Oduko, BA, MA, MBA,
ISEB  ITIL® Expert accreditation in IT Service Management,

Are you a seasoned business analyst who is wondering why you haven’t been so successful eliciting requirements? Or, have you just been assigned to elicit requirements and don’t know how and where to start?
We all have been there. At one of your initial meetings you asked your users “What are your requirements?” and got the following replies: “we don’t know”; “to enable us perform our work better”; or, “we are okay with whatever you suggest a best practice system can do”.

It’s time to stop struggling and increase your success at eliciting requirements by attending our two-part webinar series, on the 5 No-Nos and 5 Best practice methods for eliciting requirements. Sola will explore the five mistakes most people make while eliciting requirements and further expose you to how to make requirements elicitation a fun thing. Sola has lead implementation of several application and technology infrastructure projects, and has managed several business analysts in eliciting and documenting requirements.

Learning objectives:

  • Recognize and understand different techniques for eliciting requirements.
  • Understand the 5 No-Nos of requirements elicitation.
  • Become familiar with 5 Best Practice methods for eliciting requirements.

Course Outline:

  • Overview of requirements elicitation techniques.
  • The Five NO-NOs of requirements elicitation.
  • The Five Best Practice methods for eliciting requirements.
  • Applying what you have learnt at your workplace.

Requirements Elicitation Part 1 – 5 No-Nos :

Date: March 28th
Time:  1:00 p.m. — 2:00 p.m. EDT

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Managing Requirements Maturity
Garry McGouldrick

SVP of Sales & Professional Services with IAG Consulting

Garry McGouldrick is the Senior Vice President of Professional Services at IAG Consulting , the largest consultancy in North America solely focused on business and systems requirements. Over the last seven years with IAG Consulting, he has worked on dozens of high profile strategic projects ensuring that both business & project objectives are realized in a timely and cost effective manner. With almost 20 years of experience assisting large organizations to manage technology and related IT projects, he is well known for his ability to assist clients to scope requirements and implement a budget and plan to provide  true business value.

Managing Requirements Maturity
Improving organizational Requirements Maturity is a strategic approach to improving project success and aligning IT with the business to meet objectives on time and on budget consistently.

According to the recent IAG BA Benchmark study of 437 large and medium organizations in North America and Europe, the organizational level of Requirements Maturity is directly proportional to the likelihood of project success. Companies invest millions of dollars in recruitment, hiring, and training of Business Analysts every year without a detailed understanding of the role and how to integrate into the enterprise; the average Requirements Maturity level in North America is only 1.8 on a scale of 1-5, and only a fraction of those measured qualified at a level 3 or higher. For individual and organizations that are serious about improving in a consistent and measureable way, IAG will explain the key concepts and results you can expect by improving organizational Requirements Maturity

Learning Objectives:

  • The impact of requirements maturity on overall business and project objectives
  • The Requirements Maturity Model
    • What are the 5 levels of maturity
    • The key requirements capabilities
    • All process areas that should be considered when measuring requirements maturity
    • How to assess requirements maturity
  • A high level roadmap to improving requirements capabilities

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Date:  March 15th, 2012
Time:  1:00 p.m. — 2:00 p.m. EDT

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Leading Innovation through Enterprise Analysis

Jonathan Nituch, CBAP®, PMP®
VP of Operations at Fortress Technology Planners
Contributor at The BA Coach.com
Business Analysis and Project Management Instructor at Sheridan and Conestoga Colleges

Jonathan Nituch is the VP of Operations at Fortress Technology Planners and has over 14 years of experience in business analysis and project management.  Through his work at Fortress, he has helped dozens of companies to identify their business needs, select an approach, and successfully execute projects to meet those needs.  A passionate and energetic speaker, Jonathan’s enthusiasm encourages audience members and motivates them to move forward with their goals. He has contributed some popular articles and podcasts to The BA Coach.com and teaches project management and business analysis at two community colleges in Ontario.
Leading Innovation through Enterprise Analysis

Innovate or die.Organizations can no longer deny this simple truth in today’s economy.  How can companies achieve the innovation needed to survive in this environment?  What type of leadership is required?  How can business analysts, project managers and business stakeholders work together to reach this goal?  In this webinar, Jonathan Nituch will discuss how enterprise analysis can be used to face these challenges.  You will learn the type of environment necessary for innovation to occur and the style of leader that is needed to create and maintain such an environment.  Jonathan will also share a simple but powerful methodology to create, validate, and evaluate innovations for your business unit.
Key Content:

• Discussion of a key trend in leadership
• Examination of the myths surrounding innovation
• Exploration of the environment for innovation
• Quick review of enterprise analysis, portfolio management, and strategic planningtheory
• A lightweight, bottom-up enterprise analysis (strategic planning/project portfolio management) methodology
• Results and pitfalls of the methodology.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe leadership as defined through understanding of needs.
  • Identify the components of an environment for innovation.
  • State the definition of enterprise analysis, portfolio management, and strategic planning.

Employ a 5-step methodology to lead innovation through enterprise analysis.

Date:  February15th, 2012
Time:  1:00 p.m. — 2:00 p.m. EDT

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BA Certification – Why and How

Gary Gack, Founder at Americas Requirements Engineering Association; Supporting Member at International Requirements Engineering Board; Trainer and Principal Consultant, Owner at Process-Fusion.net
Author of
Managing the Black Hole: The Executive’s Guide to Software Project Risk

Process-Fusion.net is owned and operated by Gary A. Gack, a senior software and IT professional with more than 40 years of diverse leadership experience in the areas of business analysis, requirements engineering, requirements management, business requirements discovery, software quality, software metrics, and project management – both domestic and international.

BA Certification: How and Why

Have you ever wondered how you can convince management to provide funding for professional education and certification? In this webinar Gary will review the benefits of and business case for professional certification. You will take away an “elevator speech” that will help convince the boss. Are you aware that there are several different approaches to certification (and re-certification? Not all certifications have the same requirements or use the same process. In the final section of this presentation Gary will provide a comparison of the two most widely accepted certification regimes for Requirements Engineering and Business Analysis – those offered by the International Institute for Business Analysis (IIBA) and by the International Requirements Engineering Board (IREB).

Key Content:

  • The “business case” for RE/BA training and certification
  • Certification requirements comparison
    • Training
    • Experience
    • References
    • Re-certification
    • Costs
  • Content comparison of two popular certification regimes
    • IIBA
    • IREB

Learning Objectives

  1. Understand the value of training and certification for professionals
  2. Understand the value of training and certification for employers
  3. Understand the differences in requirements between the two most popular RE/BA certifications
  4. Understand the differences in content and approach offered by the IIBA and by IREB

Date:  February 1st , 2012
Time:  1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. EDT

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Using Requirements for Test Automation In a fully integrated Microsoft ALM Solution

Kathleen (Kitty) Hass
President, Kathleen Hass and Associates, Inc.
Adam Gallant
Technology Solutions Professional, Microsoft
Asif Sharif
Chief Technologist, eDev Technologies

The concept of linking your software requirements with testing is well known and the benefits are clear – deliver software on time, with the required features and sufficient quality. Involving QA teams at the start of the project helps to identify risks before they make it into the plan, where they will be harder to find and costly to correct. For QA teams to effectively evaluate risks in the project plan, requirements need to be clear, unambiguous and properly documented.

Industry research shows that the root cause of more than half of all errors identified in projects are introduced in the requirements phase. As a result, many organizations are looking to reduce their risk by implementing formal requirements management practices. The adoption of a formalized requirements management discipline can be leveraged by the quality assurance organization by implementing a requirements-based testing methodology that ensures comprehensive test coverage. Requirements-based testing can increase efficiency, reduce the risk of failure, and improve overall software quality.
Learning Objectives (at the end of the session, participants will be able to):

  1. Apply a Knowledge Management Approach to Requirements Development and Test Automation
  2. Define Use Case and Auto-generate Test Case with full traceability
  3. Understand how inteGREAT and Visual Studio provides a comprehensive ALM Solution

Date: Oct 26, 2011
Time: 1:00 p.m. — 2:00 p.m. EDT

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Tool vs. Process: Which Comes First?

Joy Beatty Vice President of R&D at Seilevel

Joy Beatty is Vice President of R&D at Seilevel, a professional services company focused exclusively on helping Fortune 1000 clients change the way they create requirements in order to enhance business outcomes. As a managing principal at Seilevel, Joy drives innovation and development for new methodologies that improve requirements, assisting clients as they build business analysis centers of excellence. She has developed the curriculum for Seilevel’s well-regarded training and leads select training sessions. To date, Joy has provided training to more than 600 business analysts via professional association seminars, industry conferences, and Seilevel classes.

She has presented at numerous requirements-related conferences and speaking events. Joy is currently working on a book about a requirements modeling language, RML®; the book includes how to create and use a wide variety of models.

Tool vs. Process: Which Comes First?

Are you thinking it’s time to update (or finally define) your requirements best practices? Have you also realized you need a requirements management tool? Do you want to avoid rework and the wasteful “unlearning curve” later? If so, this webinar is for you.

Joy Beatty, VP R&D at Seilevel, is going to compare the reasons to start with the requirements process to reasons why you might start with the requirements tool, highlighting some non-obvious ways to think through this decision. During this webinar, she will recommend which approach to use—tool first or process first—including tips to make it work and approaches to deal with common challenges. At the end of the webinar, she’ll also share a free take-away, a copy of Seilevel’s recent requirements management tool research. That research includes reviews of 16 tools against 200 criteria, and is set up so you can manipulate the priorities for your own tool selection decision.

What you will learn:

  1. Strengths and weakness of the reasons to start with requirements processes as compared to   requirements tools
  2. A recommended approach to putting both processes and tools in place
  3. Suggestions to successfully implement a new requirements management tool

Date:  September 21st, 2011
Time:  1:00 p.m. — 2:00 p.m. EDT

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How to Get Sign-Off On Just About Any Deliverable

Roxanne E. Miller, CBAP®, President of Requirements Quest
Author of The Quest for Software Requirements

Roxanne Miller, a self proclaimed ‘Requirements Super Freak’, is the founder of Requirements Quest and has been consulting on business analysis practices for over 15 years.  She is a Certified Business Analysis Professional (CBAP®) and an active member of the International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA®).  Her energetic and entertaining style make her a back-by-popular-demand speaker in the business analysis community.  Roxanne Miller’s book, The Quest for Software Requirements, is an in-depth reference guide with over 2,000 elicitation questions and a tested framework to help individuals succeed in developing and installing software systems.

How to Get Sign-Off On Just About Any Deliverable

Are you tired of wasting time in 3-hour-marathon meetings to review deliverables, only to end up frustrated because you still have not reached consensus? Roxanne Miller reveals a tested technique called Ink-Free Sign-Off™. Discover how to increase stakeholder buy-in and commitment to deliverables. You will gain an understanding of role-based participation as a key to stakeholder contribution. Roxanne will provide a format for tracking and monitoring this iterative and incremental approach, which can help you report on progress. Tracking review progress can increase stakeholder accountability for identifying and resolving issues with the deliverable under review. Register now and learn how to eliminate ‘sign-off’ as an obstacle to your project success.

Key Content:

• Reasons why most deliverable reviews don’t work
• Role-based participation
• Three steps to the Ink-Free Sign-Off™ approach
• Agenda preparation
• ‘2-5-30 Rule’ for planning deliverable reviews
• Format for conducting a review
• Three review outcomes
• Track and monitor review progress

Learning Objectives:

1. Understand how role-based stakeholder participation is key to raising issues with the deliverable under review.
2. Discover a 3-step approach that can increase stakeholder buy-in, commitment, and accountability.
3. Gain templates and tips for conducting a successful deliverable review.

Date:  August 24th, 2011
Time:  1:00 p.m. — 2:00 p.m. EDT

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Adapting the BA Role for Complex Projects

Kathleen (Kitty) Hass
President of Kathleen Hass and Associates, Inc.

Does the business analyst role change, either significantly or subtlety, as project complexity increases?  If so, how?  This presentation describes the business analysis approaches that are most appropriate for low-complexity, moderately complex, and highly complex projects.  We examine what complexity management looks like in the day-to-day life of a business analyst.  We present the need for the BA to be comfortable with lots of uncertainty and ambiguity in the early stages of the project.  We discuss how the business analyst would be leading and directing plenty of brainstorming, alternative analysis, experimentation, prototyping, out-of-the-box thinking, trial and error sessions, and encouraging the team to keep options open until they have identified an innovative solution that will leap us ahead of the competition.!

Learning Objectives (at the end of the session, participants will be able to):

1. Discover the appropriate project cycle model – from linear, to iterative, to adaptive, to extreme – to use for projects of differing complexity.
2. Examine business analysis best practices for projects of varying complexity.
3. Determine the best business analysis practices for capitalizing on complexity to foster innovation.

Date: July 27, 2011
Time: 1:00 p.m. — 2:00 p.m. EDT

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Date: Aug 3, 2011
Time: 1:00 p.m. — 2:00 p.m. EDT

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Getting the Right Stakeholders Involved

Roxanne E. Miller, CBAP®, President of Requirements Quest
Author of The Quest for Software Requirements

The Standish Group International reports, yet again, that user involvement is the number one success factor for information technology projects.  If user involvement is so important, why are we still failing to get it?  Have you ever worked on a project where the Sponsor told you what people you could (and could not) talk to?  Would you like a tangible tool for securing the people you really need?  This session will show you the proven, step-by-step technique to identifying the right stakeholders for your project, as well as securing the resources needed.  It is not “Who you know;” rather, it is “What Who knows” that leads to project success!

Learning Objectives (at the end of the session, participants will be able to):

1. Understand the key to the stakeholder profiling technique in order to identify potential stakeholders.
2. Identify a tangible means to securing resources for your next project.
3. Take a role-based approach to creating a reusable stakeholder list.

Date: June 21st, 2011
Time:
1:00 p.m. — 2:00 p.m. EDT

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Eliciting Non Functional Requirements

Presented by Roxanne E.Miller , President of Requirements Quest author of “The Quest for Software Requirements”

Functionally, the home builder constructed a beautiful home. However, somehow this non-functional detail was missed. Does this scenario sound familiar to any of the missed requirements on your projects lately? Do performance requirements such as response time, throughput, capacity, and availability get missed? What about flexibility requirements such as scalability, multi-lingual, installability, and extendability? Roxanne Miller will reveal “patterns” of non-functional requirements that can reduce the possibility of missed requirements that cause project rework. Come and find out what you’ve been missing.

Date: May  11th 2011
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What’s new in inteGREAT 2011

Presented by Asif Sharif and Bob Savelson
Wizard Manager, Simulation Wizard, Configuration Manager, etc.

Date: April 12, 2011
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inteGREAT and The Decision Model

On Dec. 14 and Dec. 16 eDev Technologies and KPI (Knowledge Partners International) hosted two joint webinars featuring the award winning software inteGREAT and The Decision Model. inteGREAT specializes in automating requirements and incorporates important elements of The Decision model, the business Logic framework linking Business and Technology invented by Barbara von Halle and Larry Goldberg.

Speakers:

  1. Asif Sharif, President and CEO
    eDev Technologies
  2. Barbara von Halle, Managing Partner of Knowledge Partners International LLC (KPI), and co-author of The Decision Model – a Business Logic Framework linking Business and Technology (Auerbach 2009), will talk about how to solve a common, chronic failure in business requirements.  She introduces The Decision Model as a practical and successful approach to the age old problem of capturing business rules and logic.  The Decision Model is a technology-independent model based on the natural structure of business logic and nothing else. The model is proposed in Barbara’s groundbreaking book, written for both technical and non-technical readers.  It provides a detailed theoretical framework as well as insights into adopting The Decision Model for business rules projects. The book also provides commentary on the use of The Decision Model in Enterprise and Business Architecture, Service Oriented Architecture, Business Process Management, business requirements and management practices in general.

Date: Webinar Part 1 – Dec14, 2010
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Date: Webinar Part 2 – Dec16, 2010
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Requirements Leadership Forum – Webinar Seminar Series

eDev Technologies presents a series of Educational Webinars for the BA community via the Requirements Leadership Forum. These sessions will feature leading Thought Leaders, Authors and Evangelists who’s many years experience will prove invaluable to all who attend.

1- How the Agile Movement affects the historical Business Analyst role

Scott Stribrny is the Cofounder, President, and Managing Director of Group Atlantic, Inc., a consulting firm that has advised private, commercial, and governmental organizations on successful strategy development and operations improvement since 1992. He is also a senior Consultant with Cutter Consortium’s Enterprise Risk Management & Governance practice. He is currently advising on techniques for effective product requirement specification and risk management.

There’s no question about it—agile principles help expedite software development. Yet, the business analyst role seems conspicuously missing from the Agile Manifesto. Does agile make the skills of the business analyst obsolete? Certainly not! Why? Because if companies hope to achieve strategic goals, they need someone who is ferociously focused on the business value expected from the project outcomes, to help provide guidance not only during a project but also before it is invested and after it is delivered as well. Are you ready to make the transition to this value-centered development-approach? What is it like to be part of an agile team? What agile analysis practices might you adapt even if you’re working on a traditional (waterfall-style) project?

This presentation examines how the agile movement affects the historical Business Analyst role on a project team and creates opportunities to learn new skills and develop new ways of working together. Collaboration, facilitation, leadership, coaching, and team building become significant new skills required for Business Analysts on Agile projects.

You will learn:

  1. How to successfully influence an agile project by defining requirements in smaller increments. This demands adaptation to   new ways of eliciting, specifying and managing requirements.
  2. How the business analyst integrates and collaborates with members of the team and
  3. How to improve business analysis by applying agile principles.

Date: November 2, 2010
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Requirements Best Practices

Cheryl has 26 years project management experience managing full-life cycle ERP implementations as well as managing custom software development projects. Over the past 7 years, Cheryl has turned her focus to the front-end of the development life cycle as she works with customers to properly define scope and to effectively elicit, validate, document and manage requirements. In this webinar, you will learn the key activities a team must perform during the front-end of the life cycle to ensure that the project’s scope has been clearly defined and baselined, all documented requirements align with the scope, and the requirements are clear, complete and defect-free. In this webinar, you will learn that spending the time upfront in defining scope and requirements will put your project on the path to delivering on-time, within budget and to the stakeholder’s quality standards and expectations.

You will learn:

  1. See the consequences of continuing business as usual
  2. Understand scope and its importance
  3. Conduct a scope review and risk assessment
  4. Understand some of the common requirement defects that you can cure with standards and discipline
  5. Be aware of the use of requirement attributes in providing better products, better maintenance, and less troublesome upgrades
  6. Validate requirements through reviews
  7. Manage change
Date: Oct 26, 2010

The Evolution of Scope Management- Fresh Techniques in Stakeholder Management


Speaker Tim Joshi is the founder and innovation leader for Synovia Inc., a management consulting firm specializing in business performance improvement, business analysis, and strategic planning.

For Project Managers (or senior Business Analysts) who currently are or aspire to lead projects in complex, politically charged environments. This webinar provides professionals with a look at scope management from a stakeholder management perspective and sheds light on why past approaches to scope management have high failure rates. By viewing projects as organizational performance improvement initiatives that require high degrees of collaboration between stakeholders, Tim Joshi dissects the anatomy of success and failures.

The session exposes the key challenges in current approaches to scope definition and subsequent management of scope. From this understanding Tim reviews techniques that are producing the very best scope management results in the industry.

You will learn:

  1. The root cause of scope management failures
  2. Gap areas with current approaches
  3. Characteristics of techniques that are producing top quartile results

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Capturing Data Requirements

Greg Bhatia: Professional Business Analyst, Mentor and Principal for MCOM Training

Greg will talk about how often Data Requirements are overlooked in large projects and the associated impacts, including lower adoption rates, limited scalability and diminished project ROI as well as some best practices such as capturing data requirements proactively and making Business Intelligence a key long term goal in your data discovery process.

You will learn:

  1. The value of doing data discovery early on in a project and ensuring that the data supports both short term and long term (BI) goals.
  2. The importance of documenting data requirements for dual audiences (Business and technical)
  3. Common pitfalls in large scale data dependent projects and how to mitigate these risk
  4. The important questions to ask during data discovery to make sure that the data you capture supports the business requirements.
Date: June 23, 2010

Business Requirements as a Central Theme of Enterprise Architecture

Bruce Miner : TOGAF 9 certified, Master Certified IT Architect by the Open Group

Bruce Miner will discuss the importance of a solid foundation of business requirements to the enterprise architecture practice. This involves business requirements as expressed as strategic direction, long term and short term business objectives, business process details and key performance metrics. The importance of understanding implicit requirements in terms of regulatory constraints, integrity considerations, availability and security from a business perspective will also be explored as the impact on a final architecture can be significant.

You will learn:
  1. A high level view of the enterprise architecture lifecycle.
  2. The central theme of requirements in the enterprise architecture lifecycle.
  3. The critical elements of being current, consistent and communicated.
  4. Early implicit requirements gathering from a business perspective.
  5. Business objective prioritization as a key to architecture decision points.

Date: June 9th 2010
Time: 1 pm — 2pm EDT

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Best Practices to address top 5 requirements project issues

Dr. Ralph Young, Requirements Evangelist and Author of Effective Requirements Practices (Addison-Wesley, 2001), The Requirements Engineering Handbook (Artech House, 2005), Project Requirements: A Guide to Best Practices(Management Concepts, 2006), and How to Save a Failing Project: Chaos to Control (Management Concepts, 2009)
Dr. Young will address the fundamental importance of requirements in providing a basis for all of the follow-on work that is performed on a project and how to apply industry experience and best practices to achieve organizational and project improvement. Key among the best practices is the compelling need to take the time and effort to figure out what the real requirements are before starting other technical work. Dr. Young has stated that this incorporating this best practice in the project approach is prerequisite to overcoming the root cause of extensive project failures (more than half of all projects). Further, industry experience is that the amount of rework required on a typical project averages 45%. Given this industry experience, what should we do to enhance our project approach and improve the chances that our project will be successful?

You will learn:

  1. How to implement an organizational improvement approach
  2. How to improve project start-up
  3. Why and how to identify what Dr. Young refers to as “the real requirements”
  4. How to improve business analysis
  5. How to establish an attitude and habit of continuous improvement

Date: May 26th 2010
Time: 1pm – 2pm EDT

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Comprehensive & Robust Requirements Specification Process (CRRSP)

Barbara Davis, CEO of E2Consulting and the mastermind behind CRRSP
Barbara will discuss Comprehensive & Robust Requirements Specification Process (CRRSP) as one of the first true requirements methodologies. Where other sets of deliverables simply derive requirements deliverables as they relate to the overall project methodology, CRRSP provides a clear set of tasks and deliverables for requirements that can be adapted to different project methodologies. Barbara will discuss how CRRSP impacts the Organization, including how it turns requirements into a revenue generator, and how E2Consulting implements CRRSP, including requirements validation.

You will learn:

  1. CRRSP overview (including how and why it is different)
  2. How CRRSP can be added to any project at any point during the lifecycle to add value
  3. Causes of requirements issues
  4. How to assess requirements for ambiguities
  5. How inteGREAT supports the CRRSP methodology

Date: May 12th 2010
Time: 1pm – 2pm EDT

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Discovering requirements in simple steps

Ian Alexander, Principal of Scenario Plus Ltd and lead author of Discovering Requirements (Wiley, 2009)

Ian will speak about how to discover requirements in simple steps. The talk will follow the plan of the book, treating requirements knowledge as 10 different elements. These elements include familiar items like Stakeholders, Goals, Context, Scenarios, as well as some like Rationale and Measurements that should perhaps be better known than they are.

The talk shows that these pieces of knowledge fit together and may all be needed to provide an effective understanding of the Requirements. We will briefly demonstrate how inteGREAT supports the 10 different elements of requirements knowledge.

You will learn about the need to:

  1. Identify stakeholders
  2. Define and analyze stakeholders’ goals
  3. Analyze functional requirements using scenarios
  4. Discover software qualities, interfaces, and other constraints
  5. Define requirement attributes including rationale, measurements, and priorities

Date: April 21st 2010
Time: 11am – 12pm EDT

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