Using Business Stories to Build Better Software

Dublin: Wednesday, February 13, 2013 from 5:45 PM7:30 PM. 

IBEC Confederation House,

Lower Baggot Street
Dublin, County Dublin Dublin 2

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A big thank you to our sponsors Sogeti, ISA Skillnet, SQS and InterTradeIreland.

Using Business Stories to Build Better Software

As an industry, one thing we’ve consistently failed to do is meet the software requirements of business in an efficient, timely and cost effective way. Agile approaches are one way to solve this problem and for certain organisations and systems it’s an excellent solution. But the ‘pure’ agile approach is not for everyone and many organisations find it difficult to scale their agile success or merge agile teams into a larger programme of more structured work.

This talk introduces Business Story Method which shows how using structured Business Stories at the heart of software development can help to meet these challenges, independent of your development approach.

Specific topics covered include:

– Applying agile thinking to business analysis and testing
– Overcoming communications issues in organisational silos
– Applying an Acceptance Driven Development approach
– Adopting a lean approach and agile disciplines at a team level
– Delivering value to stakeholders rather than just working software

Business Story Method is a very powerful, effective and natural way to work. It includes techniques suchas specification and example, project profiling, ubiquitous language, ‘trusted’ requirements and test driven development. In summary, it provides a stable framework for development and quality assurance.

Attend this session and learn more about how this method can be used within your own project team. You’ll also receive a free Business Story Pocketbook to help you implement some of these techniques.

Speaker Bio: Susan Windsor
Susan is a specialist in Assurance, often involved in turning around troubled projects. She has been responsible for the delivery of software solutions for many years, as a service provider and as IT Manager for a Global Oil Company.

From small niche solutions through to large multi-geography/supplier programmes she has delivered testing services and consultancy as a Director of a specialist Test Consultancy and as manager of IBM’s UK Testing Services business.

Susan has spoken at many industry conferences throughout Europe, including EuroSTAR, Belgium Testing Days, Testing in Finance, Soft Test, BCS SIGIST, Next Generation Testing and ExpoQA. She is a Principal of Gerrard Consulting and is the programme chair for the Test Management Forum and Test Analysis Forum. She is also co-author of the Business Story Pocketbook.

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