Daily stand-up

User Stories Are Easy – Repeat Performance

Daily stand-upUser Stories Are Easy – Repeat Performance

How to Turn Old-fashioned Requirements into Great User Stories

Thursday, November 18, 2010 2:15 PM
BusinessAnalystWorld: Las Vegas 2010

Some of you missed the chance to hear Jeffrey speak at BusinessAnalystWorld: Denver, and this is your last chance to hear him talk on this topic during the coming year!


Stop struggling! The transition to Agile and Scrum, is not as difficult as most Business Analysts fear. The format is different. The tools are different. The timeline is different. Your co-workers might be different. Maybe your title is different too. It doesn’t matter, because requirements do not change with the tides and they do not change with the methodology.

Come and participate in this deep dive into User Stories, learning how your familiar tools work in Scrum.

Session objectives: 

  1. Be able to describe the elements of a good user story
  2. Explain how traditional requirements tools compare and fit in with user stories
  3. Answer the question, “What happens to all the stuff I no longer document?”
  4. Discuss how your scrum team will use and appreciate your requirements


Conference Information: BusinessAnalystWorld

Session Link: User Stories Are Easy


Scrum: Wrapper? Savior? Troublemaker?


Scrum: Wrapper? Savior? Troublemaker?

Scrum seems to be taking over software development, but how does it fit into a SDLC? What are the differences? Do they make a difference? This is a chance to discuss real world implementations, tools, goals, fears, and implications.

This early morning conversation is with the Arizona Chapter of Technology Executives Networking Group (TENG), a professional community of selected CIO’s, CTO’s, vice presidents and directors of technology. Find out more about TENG here.


UPDATE [June 13, 2012]: The above image is not mine, I took it without attribution from http://www.limina-ao.com/approach/agile.html. I got a message from Jon Fukuda and he was very kind to let me leave the image if I gave proper attribution.  Lastly, this image is not included within my Creative Commons 3.0 license. You really need to drop Limina a note if you want to use their intellectual property. Thanks, Jon. I appreciate you being a good guy despite my behavior. 

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Moving from Cordial to Cahoots

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Moving from Cordial to Cahoots:

Using Alignment, Requirements, and Agility to Add Value

Inaugural Arizona IT Symposium 
Tempe Mission Palms Hotel, Ironstone Conference Room
Tempe, AZ

Presenting a case study of how Universal Technical Institute, Inc. was able to dramatically improve the partnership between IT and business units after adopting an Agile software development methodology.

From the Agenda:

IT is a key enabler for the business and the bottom line – but it’s often viewed as a drag on both people and profit. In order to bring leverage and value to both the proposition and purpose of your organization you must make a difference in the life of your customer.  Your IT department can be more than costly projects coming in late. You do not have to throw away months or years of effort due to changing business needs. You can add value in the short-term, leaving your customer both engaged and delighted.

This session will engage you through presentation and discussion as we cover steps for maturing your software development and project management groups. Using a history of real world projects, we will share how your IT shop can move from disorganized to procedural-based alignment. Before you begin a project, you need to have a proposal and for that you need a project proposal template. Don’t accept being a just business associate, become your customers’ companion and ally.


 Jeffrey Davidson 
 Director of Business Analysis & Quality Assurance 
 Universal Technical Institute 

Jeffrey Davidson is Director of Business Analysis & Quality Assurance for Universal Technical Institute (NYSE: UTI) where his teams are responsible for enabling five software development teams. In this role, he leads the effort to ensure projects are aligned with strategic goals and focused on providing the maximum impact in an Agile environment.

Jeffrey’s diverse background includes working in (and failing with) start-ups, climbing a small corporate ladder all the way to President, and consulting with Fortune 100 companies. As a consultant, Jeffrey has worked with teams at BellSouth (now AT&T), Raytheon, Dell, and eBay. He is regarded as an expert in the implementation of requirements methodologies and mentoring of business analysts and product managers.

With years of experience in training, facilitation, and documenting the desires and solutions for systems, he understands the needs, challenges, and solutions surrounding clear requirements definition.


Agenda: Inaugural Arizona IT Symposium