THE FOLLOWING SESSION IS FROM THE
Business Analysis Forum

Wednesday | 12:00pm - 1:00pm | Business Analysis Forum Track
Room: Plaza A1 & 2



Presentation

Business Analyst as the ScrumMaster Increases ROI

SPEAKER(s):

Speaker Photo: Amy Serres

Amy Serres

Systems Analyst, Devis, Inc.

MAIN FOCUS OF PRESENTATION:

FAMILIARITY WITH SUBJECT:

    ABOUT THIS SESSION:

    We live in an environment where budgets are fixed and requirements are constantly changing. Scrum methodology is becoming one of the most utilized processes in software development community to help address this challenge. The Business Analyst is the key facilitator in making this work - they are responsible for understanding customer requirements and making sure the software team understands them. Business Analysts acquiring the ScrumMaster certification will understand how to ensure a project's success within this constantly changing environment, exceeding customer expectations while containing the project schedule and budget and delivering an increased Return on Investment (ROI) for the project.

    Key Learning Objectives:

    1. Why should the Business Analyst become a ScrumMaster?
    2. How should BAs prioritize competing requirements using the Scrum process?
    3. How can using Scrum help improve the project ROI?


    ABOUT THE SPEAKER(s):

    Amy Serres is a Business/Systems Analyst at Development InfoStructure (Devis),a minority woman-owned certified small business and leading provider of IT solutions to the Federal Government and the international development community, located in Arlington, VA.  She has been working with clients and understanding their business needs while incorporating and utilizing the Scrum methodology to increase ROI for their projects for over 5 years.  She has great interest in utilizing new and open-source software tools to aid in the communication between customers and the software team.  She has worked directly for the Intelligence Community to move the Applications Development organization to agile software development (Scrum) both as a staff employee and consultant to make sure client-drive priorities / requirements are implemented and accepted.  Her main area of focus is using tools such as Balsamiq (wireframes), Rally, and wiki-like tools to quickly communicate business features to the customer and to get quick feedback to the software team.

    Amy holds a B.S. in Computer Science from Texas A&M University, and Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Baltimore. Amy is also a certified ScrumMaster (CSM) and was trained and certified by the Scrum co-founder himself in 2006.  In her spare time, Amy enjoys competing in Half Ironman triathlon events and marathons.


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