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 (C-SPIN) Meeting 

AT&T Center Campus

AT&T Institute 2501 W. Eagle Way at

 Lakewood Blvd and Eagle Way, Hoffman Estates, IL 60192


Be sure to check the C-SPIN website (http://c-spin.net/) to confirm details.

          Wednesday, March 4, 2009 

This is a JOINT EVENT between C-SPIN and The Chicagoland Chapter of the International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA).

Advance registration required for this free event -- go to http://chicago.theiiba.org/

& then navigate through “Registration” and the “Wed March 4, 2009” event.

Send email to programs@chicago.theiiba.org if you need to cancel your registration

6:00 - 7:00 PM – Atrium: Registration, Networking, & Light Dinner

6:20 - 6:40 PM – Birds-of-a-Feather Topic - Does Use Case acceptance mean stakeholder satisfaction?  

7:00 - 8:30 PM – Auditorium: Presentation

8:30 - 9:00 PM – Auditorium: Additional Q&A and discussion


Program:  The Role of Use Cases in the Development Lifecycle

Presenter:  Marcia Stinson



      This presentation is focused on use cases and how to write use cases effectively.  Effectively means two things: (1) clear and concise; and (2) structured to reuse information for other phases of development.  In the presentation we will define the types of use cases and present an information architecture that will maximize the use of use cases.  Use cases are the basis for agreement with the end users and also provide information for the technical teams who will be developing the product.  Crossing the great divide between users and technical analysts is one of the greatest benefits of use cases if they are written properly.  Tips and recommendations for creating use cases at the right level of detail will be provided.  We will present recommendations and guidelines for implementing this methodology in your environment.



About the Presenter

        Marcia has over 15 years experience in formal software development and system engineering experience for the government on a weapon control system.  As a consultant for QSS she has assisted numerous Fortune 500 companies in developing requirements engineering processes and associated templates, guidelines and job-aids. Marcia has assisted companies in creating their information models and standardizing their approach to requirements information management. Marcia has been a primary instructor for the Structured Requirements Management course and “Writing Better Requirements” course for Telelogic.   Marcia was the president of her own consulting company for seven years.  QLS was created with the mission to improve requirements management processes and as part of that mission Marcia developed a use case methodology focused on writing use cases that become the basis for technical requirements and test procedures.  Marcia has recently joined Ravenflow and is bringing her requirements and use case expertise to the Ravenflow community.



Driving and Parking Directions

            From I-90 Northwest Tollway, exit North on Barrington Road. Take Barrington Road to Lakewood Blvd (2nd light) and turn East (right) onto Lakewood Blvd.  Turn right into the AT&T Campus Center’s West Employee Entrance (the first entrance past Eagle Way) and follow the signs to the West Parking Structures.

            Parking in covered lot W3 is recommended.  Look for parking spaces near the west entrance/exit of parking structure W3.  Then walk west from the parking structure to the Institute Building to the main door, which has a big ENTRANCE sign over the door.  The Institute is approximately 100 yards from the parking structure--back across the road you came on.  Visit http://c-spin.net/ for a map of the AT&T Campus Center.  (Additional parking is available in covered lot W2 as well as upper level parking lot W1.)


About C-SPIN

            C-SPIN is made possible through the efforts of its Steering Committee. The Steering Committee is composed of Lee Bennett, Alan Berow, Jamey McCabe, Karen Mermel, Donna Miller, and Robert Stalzer. Other volunteers are Kathy Brown, Steve Coffman, Larry Dribin, Ross Fraser, Steve Huck, and Hillel Meyers.

               C-SPIN is a leadership forum for the free and open exchange of software process improvement experiences and practical ideas. We promote achieving higher levels of process maturity, software quality, and mutual respect. Companies, academic institutions, government organizations, and individuals are invited. For more information regarding this meeting, contact Robert Stalzer at cspin@coderelay.com. For information about C-SPIN or the steering committee, contact Karen Mermel at kmermel@yahoo.com.

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