November 19, 2013 at 6:30 PM
ISSA National Capital Chapter October meeting topic:
Visualization Tools in SDLC
by Wayne Beekman
Albert Einstein once said, If I can’t see it, I can’t understand it. This is the basis for utilizing visualization tools in the requirements gathering phase of software development projects.
Most projects that fail are due to miscommunication between the business stakeholders and the development team. Visualization tools combat this, allowing you to quickly see your software solution before a single line of code is written. Advanced visualization tools enable extremely rapid prototyping with online publishing and critiquing that can cut the time and cost of requirements gathering in half.
Visualization tools make traditional requirements sessions appear heavy and arduous. The resulting simulation is so rich in functionality that you can actually show your stakeholders what they are going to get. In fact, the prototype is so robust that it can be used for training purposes while the development effort is underway.
This seminar is designed to discuss tools that engage stakeholders and get the requirements right, the first time, before development begins.
About the Speaker
Wayne Beekman started Information Concepts in 1982 with his partner, Cary Toor, to provide fixed-price custom software development services to the Public and Private Sectors. Information Concepts specializes in the design and implementation of Mission Critical, Database Applications. Clients include NASDAQ, IRS, and PBS.
For the past 30 years, he has directed the technical direction of the firm, navigating changing technical platforms. Solutions have transitioned from the Mainframe, Client-Server architectures, Web Based projects, to Cloud Based platforms today.
Throughout his tenure, he has always utilized visualizations as part of the requirements gathering planning process.
Mr. Beekman holds a BBA and a Masters of Science in Information Systems from George Washington University. He lives in Great Falls, Virginia with his wife and two daughters.