THE FOLLOWING SESSION IS FROM THE
World Congress on Decision Tables

Thursday | 3:20pm - 4:40pm | Track
Room: Juniper



Attendee Box Lunch

Real Life Case: Gathering and Validating Requirements in Hours, Not Weeks

SPEAKER(s):

Speaker Photo: JP O'Connor

JP O'Connor

Senior Product Manager, Otis Educational Systems, Inc.

MAIN FOCUS OF PRESENTATION:

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    ABOUT THIS SESSION:

    Business requirements typically involve a great deal of detail and almost invariable include sets of rules, whether explicit or implicit. Gathering, understanding, documenting, and validating these rules is time consuming, laborious, error prone, and difficult to clearly communicate to technical and non-technical stakeholders.

    Use of decision tables is a powerful technique in capturing, validating, and communicating complex rules in a manner accessible to all. Decision tables are much more effective in this role than traditional flow charts and other techniques. In many cases their use results in the solution of otherwise "unsolvable" problems.

    A typical business use case is explored, illustrating the nature of the problem, how the use of decision tables enabled the problem to be solved, how the tables served as the bridge to the technical aspects of the project, and the profound impact the decision tables work had on the overall project and the implementation cost and schedule.
     


    ABOUT THE SPEAKER(s):

    JP O'Connor taught himself to program computers in 1969 on a timeshare dial-up account with Carnegie Mellon University to perform rocket vehicle stability and flight performance calculations. In 1979 he entered the computing profession working on operational processing systems. In 1986 he began specializing in data warehousing, exploratory data analysis, data visualization, data mining, dimensional modeling, and related fields, now commonly known as Business Intelligence. As a ham radio operator, holding Amateur Extra license WF4Z, and as the coach of Olympic athletes and hopefuls, he brings a multi-discipline perspective to his work. Mr. O'Connor is Senior Product Manager with Otis Educational Systems, Inc., the "Education Intelligence Company" specializing in analytical database and applications solutions for school districts, government education departments, and universities.
     


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