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LeAnn Simonson - Business Analysis: The Key to Building the Right Software

Date of Event: 
Thursday, February 2, 2012 - 5:30pm
University of Minnesota, Keller Hall (EE/CS Building)

The field of business analysis is experiencing exponential growth and visibility. This is an exciting time for the business analyst as this role moves into enterprise-wide strategic spaces and business architecture. At the same time, software developers are increasing their analysis role, often incorporating analysis into an agile, iterative development process. What is business analysis? Is it necessary as a discipline? If it is, who should be performing this function and when if we are talking about building software?

This presentation will discuss the necessity of the discipline of business analysis and the interplay of this discipline with software development. You will also learn some hands-on practical business analysis techniques. The thorny topics of who should do the analysis and when will also be discussed. Heads up: The answer given will be "it depends."


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Keller (EE/CS) 3-111 (Look for signs)

This Month's Meeting
Program Manager: 
LeAnn Simonson, CBAP, LeAnn Simonson Consulting, LLC
Business Analysis: The Key to Building the Right Software

5:30 - 8:00 p.m. at The University of Minnesota
5:30 start for networking, 6:15 start of meeting


We have reserved parking at the Washington Avenue Ramp! If there is event parking, tell the parking attendant when you enter that you have a reservation with TwinSPIN. If there is no event parking, take a ticket and tell the parking attendant when you leave that you have a reservation with TwinSPIN.

Speaker Bio: 

LeAnn Simonson is an independent business analysis consultant with over a decade of experience in business analysis in both employment and consultant roles. LeAnn has been a software developer, project manager, and a social worker. LeAnn holds the degrees of Master of Science in Software Engineering (MSSE) and Master of Social Work (MSW) from the University of Minnesota. She returned to the MSSE program in 2009 to teach the elective "Business Analysis: An Essential Component of Software Engineering