How to Organize Requirements to Assist with Stakeholder Management

  • Wednesday, April 22, 2020
  • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
  • Zoom Meeting, Register to receive the link


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How to Organize Requirements in Order to Assist with Stakeholder Management

Event Description:

Being a Business Systems Analyst is not about taking notes and then regurgitating the information to the development or product owners. I like to refer to the primary job of the Business Analyst is to code in English.

Basically, design the requirements around how a developer would code them, but make it clear enough for the Business Stakeholders to understand. As a Business Systems Analyst means you are constantly thinking about how the system will operate. A Business Systems Analyst needs to be able to understand the big picture of the software or system being developed. In parallel this role is required to drilldown into the big picture to find, categorize and document patterns as smaller components that fit together in order to create the big picture. Some of the major categories are functional, business rules, data, system, non-functional, design and user role requirements.

Another skillset required for the Business Systems Analyst is to have empathy and soft skills in order to gain trust. This empowers the Business Systems Analyst to ask pertinent detailed questions to capture accurate system requirements. And let’s not forget the other required skillset for a BSA, the technical skills to manage the requirements. As a Business Systems Analyst, it takes at a minimum decomposition of a business process and organization skills to come up with the architecture of how to manage requirements. This session will review how to capture all the requirements and organize them in away that makes sense to both the engineers and stakeholders.


6:00 - 6:30 Virtual mingle, connect to Zoom

6:30 - 7:30 Opening, Presentation and Conversation

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Speaker:  Melissa Daley, CBAP, PMI-ACP

In 2007 Melissa Daley founded, iT Gets Better as a 501c3 non-profit organization, in Atlanta, GA, to assist youth organizations with Information Technology (IT) through workshops and consulting services. The mission of the organization was to increase computer literacy within the underrepresented communities. Within 3 months, iT Gets Better was serving over 50 students across the Atlanta Metro Area. Due to the impact of the 2009 recession, iT Gets Better’s website was sold to a desiring non-profit organization in 2010. Melissa Daley is an experienced Requirements Engineer/Business Systems Analysis with a Bachelor's Degree in Computer Information Systems from Hampton University and a Masters in Technology Entrepreneurship from the University of Maryland. Melissa worked as a consultant with several organizations such as Accenture, Booz Allen and Hamilton and a plethora of other companies, such as State of Georgia Department of Human Resources, NGP VAN, DMI and ICF. With 20 years of experience in Information Technology, Melissa Daley created, Orca Intelligence in 2014, to offer a unique methodology to decrease the time it takes to capture, analyze and manage software requirements.


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