IIBA Meeting Tonight: Developing Properly Worded Requirements


The regular monthly meeting of the Northwest Arkansas Chapter of the International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA) will be held tonight, from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at the Wal-Mart campus, True North Conference Room in the David Glass Technology Center. The presentation will be:

Back To Basics: Developing Properly Worded Requirements That Are Understood By All Stakeholders (From The First Read)", Gene Krashenin, Wal-Mart Information Solutions Division

Program cost overruns and schedule delays are attributed, in large part, to problems associated with requirements. These problems range from incomplete, inconsistent, and incomprehensible requirements to the complexities of the change management process. These problems stem from an inability to write good requirements and a lack of understanding about the importance of requirements. They are compounded by the scope, complexity, and long life cycle of major projects. Continuous education of the people involved and automation and integration of the requirements management process are needed to combat the problem.

About Gene Krashenin, CBA®:

Gene Krashenin has been practicing business analysis for the past 16 years and currently is a Senior Business Analyst at the Wal-Mart Information Solutions Division. Prior to that he spent six years as a Senior Business Analyst working primarily on new systems development and COTS implementation for the Federal Government facilitating and leading business analysis efforts on large multibillion dollars initiatives. Gene is a George Washington University certified business analyst (CBA®) holding an MS in Nuclear Engineering and an MBA. Gene serves as a President of the Northwest Arkansas IIBA Chapter and as co-chairman of the finance subcommittee of the IIBA Chapters Council.

NwaSQL Meeting Reminder: Power of the SQL GUI – Jason Pluenneke

Northwest Arkansas SQL User Group
Meeting Reminder

Jason Pluenneke will present Power of the SQL GUI at the February meeting.  Jason is a founding member of NWASQL and a recognized expert of all things GUI.  Jason is to SQL GUI what Andrew Van Buren is to Plate Spinning...and he will share his GUI skills, GUI wisdom, and probably some GUI jokes with all!

Meeting Details for next meeting
When: Wednesday, Feb 11th, 11:30am - 1:00pm
Host: Connolly Consulting
Address: 2703 SE Otis Corley Drive MAP
City: Bentonville, AR 72712

Jeffry Palermo: TDD, DI, Soc with ASP .NET MVC TONIGHT!!!

Don't forget that Jeffry Palermo is speaking tonight at a special Nwa .NET User Group meeting.  He will be speaking about TDD, DI, and Soc with ASP .NET MVC.

Description: Spelled out, it is test-driven development, dependency injection, and separation of concerns with Active Server Pages .Net Model View Controller.  This talk will dive into how to design a presentation layer using ASP.NET MVC.  In today's industry, TDD, DI, and SoC are proven concepts that lead to more maintainable applications.  Along with demonstrating how to use these techniques with ASP.NET MVC, we will discuss just what concerns should be separated.  This talk provides a unique perspective on separation of concerns and uses TDD and DI to make it happen.  MvcContrib is used in all the demos.

Presenter: Jeffrey Palermo is a software management consultant and the CTO of Headspring Systems in Austin, TX. Jeffrey specializes in Agile coaching and helps companies double the productivity of software teams. Jeffrey is an MCSD.Net , Microsoft MVP, Certified Scrummaster, Austin .Net User Group leader, AgileAustin board member, INETA speaker, INETA Membership Mentor, Christian, husband, father, motorcyclist, Eagle Scout, U.S. Army Veteran, and Texas A&M University graduate.

Subscribe to Jeffrey’s blog feed here: http://feeds.jeffreypalermo.com/jeffreplaermo

When: August 14, 2008 5:30 PM - 5:45 PM - Welcome and News, Sign-in and Food 5:45 PM - 6:00 PM - Lighting Presentation 6:00 PM - 6:10 PM - Intermission – Presenter switch over 6:10 PM – 7:30 PM – Main Presentation 7:30 PM – 8:00 PM – Closing and Prize give-a-ways

Where: The Jones Center 922 East Emma Avenue Springdale, AR 72764 Room 113

NetMeeting URL: http://snipr.com/3a3sz

NWA IIBA Chapter Kick-Off Meeting Tonight

I wanted let everyone know about the meeting tonight to form a Northwest Arkansas Chapter of the Institute of Business Analysis.  The Institute of Business Analysis was formed in October 2003 and is the independent non-profit professional association serving the growing field of business analysis. 

Get involved in the formation of the Northwest Arkansas Chapter of the IIBA, the meeting is July 21st, 2008 and will be held to at the First Baptist Church Of Springdale from 7:30 PM to 8:30 PM.


The Northwest Arkansas Chapter of the IIBA hopes to provide local members and those who are interested in becoming members the following:

  • Opportunity to learn more about the IIBA
  • Ability to network peers
  • Information on how you can influence and contribute to the BA profession.
  • Opportunity to learn and share best practices

Getting Started

The kick-off meeting provides an opportunity to ask questions about the IIBA and chapter formation and determine if we have at least 15 IIBA members or potential members who are interested in forming a new chapter.


7:30-7:45 PM – Networking
7:45-7:55 PM – IIBA President greeting
7:55-8:05 PM – Introduction of the IIBA and 2008 objectives
8:05-8:20 PM – Formation of a NW Arkansas chapter
8:20-8:30 PM – Q&A and wrap up


When July 21st, 2008
  7:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Where First Baptist Church Of Springdale
  1709 Johnson Road
Springdale, AR 72762 [MAP]
RSVP Gene Krashenin at ekrashenin@cox.net

SharePoint Features at NWA .NET User Group

Zach Young, Vice President of the NWA .NET User Group has posted an updated regarding the groups August 5, 2008 meeting.  Steve Walker, colleague and friend will be presenting on SharePoint Features.

Steve Walker is a Senior Consultant for Microsoft Consulting Services in the South Central Region. Steve has been developing enterprise applications for well over a decade and currently specializes in development on the WSS3.0 and MOSS 2007 platforms but has extensive experience in security, infrastructure, Service Oriented Architecture and general .NET Development for the desktop and the web.

Session Description:  Microsoft SharePoint 2007 is an incredible development platform for building pretty much any type of web application that you currently build today. We will cover how to extend SharePoint through the use of features and solution deployment packages. We will cover some best practices that I have learned while developing on this powerful and robust development platform. Bring your SharePoint development questions as we will have an open QA after the formal presentation.

You can find out more info about this at the Northwest Arkansas .NET User Group, here is a direct link to the calendar event here.

This months meeting location is NWACC Corporate Learning at 4004 N. College Ave, Ste L. Fayetteville, AR.


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