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IIBA-OC May Dinner Meeting: Recognizing Organization Complexity in Requirements Gathering

IIBA Orange County Chapter

Tuesday, May 28, 2019 from 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM (PDT)

IIBA-OC May Dinner Meeting: Recognizing Organization...

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 Recognizing Organization Complexity in Requirements Gathering

by Michael Scofield


All custom-built application software must conform to the logical architecture of the business. Whether or not described by a detailed data model, that architecture (though seemingly abstract) exists in the form of various policies and rules as well as legacy systems and databases. But that architecture usually changes over time, as the business becomes more complex.


Attendees will learn the eight causes of driving increased business complexity. We will show examples of each. These must be recognized if the requirements gathering will support a survivable application. Assertive interview techniques of SME’s must be used. This includes asking SME’s to talk about pressure (from market or executives) which they have experienced to change business process and policy. Also, one cause of complexity is the need to correct previous transactions—often overlooked by the immature systems analyst.


Market conditions (often driven by technology) provides additional pressure to redefine the core nature of the business. Businesses often must diversify to meet customer expectations,

and that introduces complexity.


Other techniques revealing morphing pressure should be explored, such as reverse data engineering. Also, documented policies may be amended over time to accommodate anomalous subtypes of any subject entity. This is a warning sign of morphing pressure.

Key Point: Thriving businesses naturally become more complex; anticipate it!  


Speaker BIO: Michael Scofield

MikeMichael Scofield, M.B.A. is an Assistant Clinical Professor at Loma Linda University. He is a frequent speaker and author in topics of data management, data quality, data visualization, and data warehousing. He has spoken in over 27 states, Canada, Australia, and the U.K.

Audiences have included 24 DAMA chapters, 5 TDWI chapters, 14 ASQ chapters (American Society for Quality), and many accounting professional organizations. He also guests lectures at several universities.

His career experience includes government, manufacturing, finance, and software development. Now semi-retired, he still does pro bono data mining and data quality analysis for non-profit organizations. His greatest interest currently is data visualization, data quality assessment, and using graphics techniques to reveal business and economic behavior. Another emerging interest is data management for the “internet of things”. He also has humor published in the Los Angeles Times and other journals.

Resume Review: 5:30 pm - 6:15 PM  Check in early and visit with a professional recruiter and bring your resume.


Dinner Selection 

1) Chef's Choice:   Glazed Chicken over Asparagus and Wild Rice


2) Vegetarian:    Glazed Veggie Patty over Asparagus and Wild Rice 

Served with Tossed Garden Salad and Two Types of Dressing, Rolls & butter. Also, freshly brewed coffee, decaffeinated coffee, hot herbal tea, and ice tea

Dessert Selections:
1) Chef's Choice:  Apple Cobbler 
2) Fruit

Refund Policy: There are no refunds for this event

Have questions about IIBA-OC May Dinner Meeting: Recognizing Organization Complexity in Requirements Gathering? Contact IIBA Orange County Chapter

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DoubleTree Club
7 Hutton Centre Dr
Santa Ana, CA 92707

Tuesday, May 28, 2019 from 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM (PDT)

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IIBA Orange County Chapter

The Orange County chapter of the IIBA is committed to advancing the profession of Business and Systems Analysis throughout Orange County.  We provide monthly networking meetings, training, job opportunities and connections to other professional organizations in the industry.  We are the "Go To" resource for Business/Systems Analysis in Orange County.  We invite you to come check us out at our monthly meetings.  We meet every fourth Tuesday of each month.  We look forward to meeting you!

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