Chicago Software Process Improvement Network

(C-SPIN) Meeting

AT&T Center Campus

AT&T Institute at Lakewood Blvd and Eagle Way, Hoffman Estates, Illinois

Be sure to check the C-SPIN website ( to confirm details.

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

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

& then navigate through “Registration” and the “Wed Nov 7, 2007” event.

Group Atlantic & Enterprise Agility are co-sponsoring this joint event.

Registration, Networking, & a Light Dinner 6:00 - 7:00 PM - Atrium    Program 7:00 - 8:30 PM - Auditorium (Room 129)

Program: Right Requirements, Right Now - Strategies For Successful Software Projects

Presenter: Scott Stribrny, President and Managing Director of Group Atlantic, Inc.



According to a recent Forrester Research, Inc. report [The Root Of The Problem: Poor Requirements]: “The quality of software requirements is a limiting factor on the success of software development projects. And it's the rare IT organization that couldn't improve its requirements practices. When it comes to getting requirements right, companies struggle on two primary fronts: requirements definition and requirements management. But the market places a disproportionate emphasis on tools for requirements management. The real opportunity for improvement lies in requirements definition and in how different development methodologies treat changing requirements.”
Being better at requirements means understanding that the automated products that you build become part of your users' work no matter what kind of work that is. It’s being able to appreciate, accommodate and improve the users' work by delivering products that fit seamlessly into the work. It also means knowing how to find the precise requirements, how to prioritize them in a credible way, and how to validate whether the implementation exactly matches that requirement. This presentation gives you a distillation of strategies and metrics from many successful requirements projects that may serve as the foundation for your next requirements effort. You’ll get an overview of a useful requirements definition process—a way of quickly finding the most appropriate product for your user's needs, and then building a specification that unambiguously and completely describes that product.

About the Presenter

Scott Stribrny is the Co-founder, President, and Managing Director of Group Atlantic, Inc., a consulting firm that has advised private, commercial, and governmental organizations on successful strategy development and operations improvement since 1992. He is also a Senior Consultant with Cutter Consortium's Enterprise Risk Management & Governance practice. He is currently advising on techniques for effective product requirement specification and risk management. His courses on requirements, risk management, peer review, estimating and high-performance teams are well known for their innovative workshops and practical applicability.
Mr. Stribrny has more than 30 years experience in systems specification and building. He has designed and built real-time mission critical software and has led successful multi-year, multimillion-dollar development programs. His accumulated management experience ranges from growth companies to Fortune 50 conglomerates in many industries, including aerospace, telecommunications, financial, insurance, retail, information services, and manufacturing.
Mr. Stribrny is a co-founder and former leader of the Chicago Software Process Improvement Network, and was an organizer of the 1998 Software Engineering Process Group conference.

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 is available in upper level parking lot W1 or covered lot W2.  Look for parking spaces towards the west end of the parking structures.  The Institute Building, located across the road (west of the parking structures), is approximately a 3-5 minute walk from the parking structure.  Visit for a map of the AT&T Campus Center.

About C-SPIN

C-SPIN is made possible through the efforts of its Steering Committee. The Steering Committee is composed of Alan Berow, Kathy Brown, Steve Coffman, Susan Davidowski, Nan Krull, Donna Miller, Steve Huck, and Robert Stalzer.

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 Kathy Brown at For information about C-SPIN or the steering committee, contact Robert Stalzer at

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