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March 2018 - Adriana Beal

Friday, March 16, 2018 -
11:30am to 1:00pm
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Please note that our Chapter meetings have moved to the Microsoft Store at the Domain!



11:30-noon: Registration, lunch, and networking
Noon-12:05: Chapter announcements
12:05-1:00: Presentation

Beyond Stated Needs: Using an Intentionality Map to Avoid Common Requirements Pitfalls

If your approach to software requirements definition is to listen closely to what your stakeholders say and deliver requirements that address their stated needs, wants, or ideas, chances are your projects won’t produce the desired business results.

In this session, you will learn:

  • Why problem-solving techniques like root cause analysis and the 5 Whys are not effective when you’re trying to get to the essence of the problem to be solved.
  • How to use an intentionality map to clarify the business needs even when the project’s business goals, vision, and scope are ill-defined.
  • How to produce answers to the four strategic questions that can prevent you from writing software requirements that fail to deliver the expected business value.

Speaker bio:

Adriana Beal has developed a successful career in business analysis and product management, having lead the investigation of business problems, defined winning solutions, and written requirements documents for a large number complex software projects. As the principal consultant at Beal Projects LLC, she works with SaaS and software development companies to improve the value delivered by software projects. Adriana is the author of the online program Crafting Better Requirements and the ebooks Tested Stakeholder Interviewing Methods for Business Analysts and Measuring the Performance of Business Analysts. She is a regular presenter at IIBA conferences and monthly events, and the host of the Business Analysis Leadership group, an online community founded in 2016 to help members get new ideas, tools and processes that can mean the difference between failure and success as a BA manager. 

Please register at our Constant Contact page.


Event Details: 
March 2018 Chapter Meeting
Event Location: 
Microsoft Store 3309 Esperanza Crossing #104 Austin, TX 78758