How to Build Better Process Flows

We all know pictures and visuals are a great way to communicate. A good image often communicates more information in less time than anything short of a mind-meld. Unfortunately, we don’t know how to build a useful visual for our projects; when we do, they don’t get the attention we expect. It doesn’t have to be this way.

During this workshop we will practice building process flows that are easy to understand. It’s fun, it’s simple, and best of all, it’s a great way to share. Come and learn how to communicate with your business owners and team!

super duper fast domain modelling

Don’t blame me for the extra “l” in “modelling,” Chris Matts came up with the title and he’s from the UK. They claim to know the “mother tongue” better than we do in the states, but they sure do get a bunch of things wrong!

Okay, enough jesting. Chris and I presented Super duper fast domain modelling at Agile 2013. It was a verbal walk-through and workshop based on the article by Chris and Kent McDonald, The Seven Information Smells of Domain Modelling.

The presentation went well. It went even better considering we only met 2 days previous. Well, we met online and talked over the phone, but we met face-to-face  only at the conference.

Please leave your comment on our slides or the talk below.

https://speakerdeck.com/jeffreygoodreq/super-duper-fast-domain-modelling

Skills for Success: Professional Development Day @ IIBA Minn / St. Paul

I will be giving a new version of my talk about Behavior Based Requirements at this year’s Professional Development Day in Minneapolis / St. Paul. I am excited because I have reworked the entire presentation to both show my passion and give attendees a chance to practice using the Given-When-Then requirements format.

The conference title is Skills for Success: Evolving as a Business Analyst and my presentation is “How to Use Behavior Based Requirements to Build Understanding & Save Your Project.”

The event is on Monday, April 15 at the Earle Brown Heritage Center outside of Minneapolis (registration link). This is one of the premiere PDD events in North America and I am honored to be speaking. If you are in the area, please come, engage, and learn from the outstanding speaker line-up and local BA community.

 

Post conference update: Here is the published version of my slides:

Presenting this week!

Our speaker at this week’s IIBA Dallas Chapter meeting is very ill. With only 48-hours, it’s not much time to get a new speaker, so I will be presenting! Please come on over this Thursday to hear me present on Feature Injection and Behavior Driven Development (BDD).

 

Unleashing the Power of Behavior Driven Development

Thursday, March 15, 2012 6PM
IIBA Dallas Chapter; Hosted at BravoTech
4835 LBJ Freeway, Suite 1000, Dallas
(NW corner of Dallas North Tollway and I-635)
Cost: $10  Includes food

There is a special place where the hidden treasure of great requirements are found. It’s not that what we have today is bad, but it’s time to move beyond writing stodgy requirements no one else is willing to read. Diagrams are great for communicating, but most of the time you need more than just pictures. And user stories a really good step forward, but many of us find they are still missing something.

The secret may lie in Behavior Driven Development (BDD). The fabulous thing, besides the cool name, is this is easy to learn, easy to use, and produces better stories, requirements, tests, and code!

This presentation is for analysts who already know how to right requirements, but want to move to something more productive. This is an introduction to a new technique, using natural language to describe both the value and features of a system and each interaction.

Come learn about writing requirements and acceptance criteria in business language (for your customers) that are clear and complete (for your developers) and super-duper easy to double-check (for the testers)!

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand the fundamentals and benefits of Behavior Driven Development
  2. Learn how to write better requirements & acceptance criteria using natural language and business terms
  3. Tap into the power of permutations to ensure test cases are complete.

BABOK Alignment:

  • This talk aligns with the Agile Extension to the Business Analysis Book of Knowledge (BABOK).
  • See: Chapter 4: Techniques / Get Real Using Examples (pp. 81-84)

About the Speaker:

Jeffrey DavidsonJeffrey Davidson, Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO), Certified Product Manager (PMC)
Principal Consultant, ThoughtWorks
President, IIBA Dallas Chapter

Jeffrey Davidson is a Principal Consultant with ThoughtWorks, a leading Agile development firm with a passion to improve how businesses design, build and evolve software. He also serves as President of IIBA Dallas Chapter.

Jeffrey is a consulting Business Analyst, Mentor, Coach, and Trainer. An engaging and entertaining speaker, Jeffrey speaks with passion to audiences across the country on business analysis and agile development.

Jeffrey has had many titles, including Director of Business Analysis & Quality Assurance for UTI, Business Analyst for Dell, Systems Engineer for Raytheon, and Product Manager for Ebay. He is a Certified Product Manager (PMC) and a Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO).

Jeffrey’s focus is helping organizations and Business Analysts transition to Agile, delivering great requirements, and building world-class analyst teams.