Aberdeen Developers are pleased to present a talk by Craig Murphy on Wednesday 14th December 2011 at the Robert Gordon University.
The Importance of Requirements
– having some idea of what you’re doing
Whatever your business, if it involves the construction of anything, it’s best to have some sort of idea of what you’re building. You don’t see house builders working without drawings; they’ll beaver away for a couple of months building a house. In the software business, it’s not uncommon for us to spend many months or years working on the same piece of software, often with little clear business or user direction.
Over the course of 60 minutes, I will tell a war story that has consumed two years of my life, so far. In the absence of a clear set of requirements, he worked on a project without a specification. It grew arms and legs, there was scrap and rework, project managers came and went. I won’t advocate any particular solutions (e.g. agile, waterfall, Scrum, etc.) but I will present “what worked for me” and will be happy to hear what works for you!
Craig Murphy (@CAMURPHY) is an author, developer, speaker, project manager, community evangelist, Microsoft MVP and is a Certified ScrumMaster. Commercially, Craig has been using Borland Delphi since 1998; today, he uses Visual Studio 2008/2010, C# and when forced, Visual Basic.
Craig is part of the team behind the DeveloperDeveloperDeveloper (DDD) events - he has been involved in locating speakers, preparing agendas, liaising with speakers, finding swag and generally “making things happen”. Now we have a small, but excellent, team to help share the workload!
He has written hundreds of articles product/book reviews: The Delphi Magazine, International Developer, ASPToday, Developers Group magazine, MSDN Flash and Computer Headline have published his work. He specialises in all things related to .NET, C#, Borland Delphi, XML/Web Services, XSLT, Test-Driven Development, Extreme Programming, agile methods and Scrum.
In his career to date, Craig has written cost estimating software for the oil and gas industry and asset valuation software for local councils and the Ministry of Defence. He’s currently writing measurement management software for a major Scottish power company and a cost / risk model for a local environmental authority in Ireland.
He has a day-job, a wife and a son. His blog is ranked 160 on Datamation’s Top 200 Tech Blogs.
Agenda - Thursday, 24th November 2011
- 1800 - 1815: Arrival and registration
- 1815 - 1820: Introduction
- 1820 - 1930: The Importance of Requirements
- 1930 onwards: Questions and drinks at the bar
All attendees will be entered into a prize draw, with the chance of winning one of the prizes listed here.
Location and Directions
Venue: Room A12, RGU Building, St Andrews Street, Aberdeen, AB25 1HG Directions: Map showing St Andrews Street