THE FOLLOWING SESSION IS FROM THE
Building Business Capability

Thursday | 11:00am - 12:00pm | Business Analysis Forum Track
Room: Aspen



Collaborative Exchange

The Business Analyst: Evolution of the Role and Tools of the Trade

SPEAKER(s):

Speaker Photo: Nina Amtmann

Nina Amtmann

Senior Functional Analyst, ViPs

Speaker Photo: Chip Carey

Chip Carey

AVP of Solutions Engineering, Blueprint Software

MAIN FOCUS OF PRESENTATION:

FAMILIARITY WITH SUBJECT:

    ABOUT THIS SESSION:

    Chip will look at requirements from the sometimes conflicting perspectives of both the author and the consumer, discuss the varying needs of the Business Analyst when it comes to documenting and communicating requirements and compare and contrast that to the tool set we’ve been given to do our job.  In parallel, Chip will discuss the evolution of the tools space from the early Requirements Management repositories, to a focus on Requirements Definition solutions and finally, to a holistic RDM approach.

    Nina will give her account of an actual tool implementation at VIPs and discuss her organization’s challenges and the pros and cons of an RDM tool implementation.

    Learning Objectives:

    • Highlight the contrasting needs of the requirements author vs. consumer.
    • The difference between Sign-off and Validation.
    • An understanding of the evolution of requirements tools over the years.


    ABOUT THE SPEAKER(s):

    Nina Amtmann has more than 9 years of experience in the information technology field.  She is a Senior Functional Analyst with ViPS, a General Dynamics IT company. She is currently working on the Retiree Drug Subsidy project which supports complex, multi-tier, data-intensive solutions for the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). In her current role, she is required to formulate complex program specifications and contribute in all aspects of the software development lifecycle. She has experience in requirements definition and testing systems in a variety of platforms.


    Chip Carey is the AVP of Solutions Engineering for Blueprint Software, the leader in requirements definition and visualization software.  In this capacity, Chip and his team regularly consult with development organizations regarding their efforts to improve requirements elicitation, documentation, validation, and communication processes via automation.  Prior to Blueprint, Chip worked 10+ years for companies such as Borland Software (now MicroFocus), Starbase, and Technology Builders, Inc. all in the requirements definition and management arena.  He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of New Hampshire and resides with his wife and 2 children on the NH Seacoast.


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