Event: Joy Beatty – Immediately Improve Your Software Requirements by Implementing Visual Models


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Slides: Joy Beatty – Immediately Improve Your Software Requirements by Implementing Visual Models


Wednesday 13th May 2015, 6 – 8 PM


BCS headquarter, 5 Southampton Street, London WC2E 7HA



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Closing date for bookings is Monday 11 May 2015 at 11:59 PM. No more bookings will be taken after this date. For overseas delegates who wish to attend the event please note that BCS do not issue invitation letters.

Talk Abstract

If business analysts give developers a list of thousands of “system shall” requirements statements, the project is doomed to fail even before code is written. The danger in delivering only a list of requirements statements is:

  • It’s impossible for business analysts to ensure requirements are complete and correct
  • Scope cannot be managed because the objectives behind the requirements aren’t articulated
  • Developers and testers simply won’t read thousands of requirement statements

Any large volume of requirements should be modelled visually to avoid those issues. In this presentation, we will discuss the value of visual requirements models and introduces a visual language of models. We’ll give you a few impactful models you can use immediately on any project, including: models to show business processes, to describe user interface requirements, and to map requirements and models to one another to derive and manage requirements. We will also demonstrate ways to use visual requirements models together for completeness, and will provide a models “quick reference” to make it easy to start using visual models in your projects.

Speaker’s Bio

Joy Beatty is a Vice President at Seilevel, a professional services company whose mission is to redefine the way software requirements are developed. The Seilevel team provides business analyst assessment, mentoring, training and staffing services for F1000 companies across the US. They also help companies modify their approach to software requirements to be more effective, so IT projects deliver their intended business value. Joy implements new methodologies and best practices that improve requirements elicitation and modeling. She advises Fortune 500 companies as they build business analysis centres of excellence. Joy has provided training to thousands of business analysts and is CBAP® and PMI-PBA® certified.

Joy is actively involved as a leader in the requirements community. She is writing several sections of the International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA) Business Analysis Body of Knowledge (BABOK), as well as Project Management Institute’s (PMI) new endeavour for a business analysis practice guide. Additionally, she writes about requirements methodologies in journals, white papers, and blog posts. Joy graduated from Purdue University with Bachelors of Science degrees in both Computer Science and Mathematics. She co-authored Visual Models for Software Requirements, with Anthony Chen from Seilevel, and Software Requirements, 3rd Edition with famed Karl Wiegers.

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