An INDUSTRY DAY is held during the conference week on Monday, August 20th, 2018. From a world-wide survey titled “Naming the Pain in Requirements Engineering” (Méndez, F. D., et al.: Naming the Pain in Requirements Engineering: Contemporary Problems, Causes, and Effects in Practice, Empirical Software Engineering (2017), DOI: 10.1007/s10664-016-9451-7) , the top industrial software requirements engineering problems were analyzed. They form the input for the program of the event. Today’s organizations - private and public, new entrant and incumbent, small and large – can outperform their competition by continuously exploiting the ever-evolving promise of cloud-based computing services, lightweight development tools and agile software development processes. Your organization’s ability to gather, communicate, implement, monitor, and ultimately iterate software engineering requirements, is essential for technology-enabled organizational success.

The Industry Day will bring together entrepreneurs across industry sectors are navigating the expectations, challenges and opportunities of today’s ever-evolving requirements engineering ecosystem. The exciting lineup of keynote speakers, academic, industry and vendor presentations and panel discussions, together with vendor and peer networking opportunities will both inspire and equip you to evolve your organizational requirements engineering practices into a key competitive advantage.

 

 


Events

Travis Stevens

Keynote:

Travis Stevens

Travis Stevens is the VP Engineering at Orpyx and has over 8 years of commercial software development experience ranging from embedded systems to medical imaging software. Travis managed a development team building medical imaging software for some of the world's largest OEM companies. Travis has a BSc. in Computer Engineering and a MSc. in Electrical Engineering.

Industry Day Co-Chairs


Any inquiries regarding the Industry Day can be directed to the Industry Day Co-Chairs:

Chris Carlson

Chris Carlson

Industry Day Co-Chair

Brightsquid, Canada

Prashant Southekal

Prashanth Southekal

Industry Day Co-Chair

Catyeus Inc., Canada

Industry Day Program


Monday, Aug 20, 2018
Time Session Speaker Presentation Title
9:00-9:30 Opening and Speed Networking Chris Carlsson and Prashanth Southekal  
9:30-10:30 Keynote Travis Stevens
Orpyx

Navigating Requirements Ambiguity and Volatility - One Step at a Time
Summary

10:30-11:00 Coffee Break and Networking
11:00-12:00 RE Tutorial Karl Wiegers

Requirements Engineering: Precepts, Practices, and Cosmic Truths
Summary

12:00-13:00 Catered Lunch and Networking
13:00-13:30 Industry Presentations 1 Simon Orrell
snowdolphin inc.
Agility in Requirements in an Increasingly Complex World
Summary
13:30-14:00 Industry Presentations 2 Chris Lambert
Cortex
Minimum Viable Product - How to Stack the Requirements Deck in your Favor
Summary
14:00-14:30 Industry Presentations 3 Shawn Martin
Pembina Pipelines
Requirements Management for Asset Integrity
Summary
14:30-15.00 Industry Presentations 4 Rahul Joshi and
Mary Fifield

Microsoft
Microsoft’s Datacenter Community Development Initiative: How Does Shared Value Create Shared Benefits? Gathering Requirements for Community and Business Outcomes
Summary
15:00-15:30 Coffee Break and Networking
15:30-15:45 Survey Results Xavier Franch Practitioners' Perception of RE Research Relevance
15:45-16:15 Industry Presentations 5 Geoffrey Cann Blockchain in Oil and Gas
Summary
16:15-16:45 Industry Presentations 6 Barb Peace and
Lauren Johnston

WestJet

A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words
Summary

16:45-18:00 RE Tutorial Falk Uebernickel, Daniel Mendez and
Jennifer Hehn
Design Thinking for Requirements Engineering
Summary
18:00 Cocktails and Dinner

Summary(s)

Keynote

Navigating Requirements Ambiguity and Volatility - One Step at a Time 

 

Presenter:
 Travis Stevens
Orpyx
 

At its core, the discipline of Engineering is about the application of math and science to solve a problem.  Sounds simple right? What could possibly go wrong? To the initiated, everything. The above simple statement does not reflect the hard truth of engineering, which is that often the problem being solved is an ill defined moving end target, or those problems that seem well defined, or similar to previous situations, have nuance that make them unique onto themselves.  So how does the unknown, the ill defined and the nuanced manifest itself? It is the missed deadline, the ballooning budget, the failed product, the defective device, and we see it, read about it, experience it everyday. The problem seems easy to solve, doesn’t it? If we write better requirements that took into account reality, or had better project management, or did more upfront planning, all these issues would go away, or at least the vast majority of them. Well, the one thing we can be sure of that our ignorance is infinite and our knowledge is finite, and because of this we need to accept the fact that what we think is the truth will evolve over the course of a project. Therefore, in order to be successful, it is necessary to learn how to deal with these sources of uncertainty, to be adaptable, to manage risk and validate the assumptions, both implicit and explicit, that underly or affect our requirements.  I will explore the holistic approach, which involves both culture and process, adopted by Orpyx on their journey to commercialize a first of its kind medical device.

RE Tutorial

Requirements Engineering: Precepts, Practices, and Cosmic Truths

 

Presenter:
Karl Wiegers

 

Industry Presentations 1

Agility in Requirements in an Increasingly Complex World

 

Presenter:
Simon Orrell
snowdolphin inc.

In this brief talk we’ll look at the difference between ‘complicated' and ‘complex' and what the implications are for system requirements in a world of ever-increasing complexity   We’ll also have a look at some examples of requirements in non-software domains where agility is employed to address complexity.

Industry Presentations 2

Minimum Viable Product - How to Stack the Requirements Deck in your Favor

 

Presenter:
Chris Lambert
Cortex

Requirements form the basis for a successful implementation in any project. Often any project is faced with conflicting goals, uncertainty and ongoing change that can put its success at risk. What can we do to mitigate risk? How can we ensure faster time to market while producing an effective solution that satisfies the needs of many stakeholders, often with conflicting requirements? How do we ensure value and return on investment sooner in the project cycle while gaining better buy in from the users of a new system or integration? In this discussion, we'll speak to these and other key aspects which impact every project no matter it's scope.

Industry Presentations 3

Requirements Management for Asset Integrity

 

Shawn Martin
Pembina Pipelines

 

Industry Presentations 4

Microsoft’s Datacenter Community Development Initiative: How Does Shared Value Create Shared Benefits? Gathering Requirements for Community and Business Outcomes

 

Presenters:

Rahul Joshi and
Mary Fifield

Microsoft

With more than 100 datacenters in small towns and major metropolises, Microsoft’s cloud computing operations span the globe. While the technological innovation promised by cloud computing is already having transformative, positive effects for many people, some communities are concerned about the negative impacts of large datacenter facilities on local natural resources and the relatively few jobs that will be created to offset these costs.
 
As Michael Porter and Mark Kramer posit, healthy societies are necessary for healthy markets, and vice versa. Microsoft has a responsibility to promote to the well-being of communities in which we operate for the mutual benefit of society and the company. But how do we determine what kind of support to provide, and how do we measure the community and business impact? In other words, what kind of requirements should guide our work, and how will we know that we have satisfied them? Our emergent community engagement model draws from Porter and Kramer’s “shared value” framework and research on social cohesion and community leadership. In a panel discussion, we will describe how we developed this model, what we have learned so far, and the possibilities for engaging community stakeholders not only to addresses complex societal issues but to increase their capacity to drive their own solutions and improve our ROI.

Industry Presentations 5

Blockchain in Oil and Gas

 

Presenter:
Geoffrey Cann

Blockchain, also known as distributed ledger technology, is a simple technology construct but with far-reaching impacts, and it is coming quickly to oil and gas. Blockchain combines encryption, distributed computing, decentralized architecture and cloud computing in a novel way to create new business models that do not require trust between counter parties. Blockchain is thus poised to overhaul legacy ways of working in oil and gas that involve assets, ownership, identity, money, contracts and of course, trust. Beyond transformation of business processes (both operational and commercial), blockchain combines with other technologies such as the internet of things, artificial intelligence and automation in more profound ways to create fundamentally different business models. For example, blockchain and artificial intelligence working together on a powered device allows that device to purchase and settle power purchases based not just on load but the price of power. Early use cases of relevance to oil and gas include commodity trading, asset tracking, royalty and venture accounting, but other examples in areas as diverse as shipping, financial transactions, used equipment trading and of course, currency, also underscore the profound possibilities presented by this technology set.

Industry Presentations 6

A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

 

Presenters:
Barb Peace and
Lauren Johnston

WestJet

 

As WestJet prepares to enter the world stage next year with our Dreamliner 787 planes; a business class of service offering and nothing but opportunity in front of us, we are faced with the next level of growth as a company, therefore our processes must grow as well. As a society we are more restless, our attention spans are shorter, we want information in shorter more concise forms. As business analysts, we must respond to these conditions so we can continue enabling change within the organization. Our projects are more complex, there are multiple inter-dependencies and the stakes are higher between success and failure. We must be certain in what we want to do as an organization, and thus spend time on the things that matter and will make a difference to our guest, our people and our bottom line. On projects, we need to be clear on what we are doing; what are we introducing, changing or removing. As business analyst’s our go to tool is the business requirements document. In this new world, we ask ourselves, is this the best way to start? Are we focusing our efforts on eliciting the right requirements, or are we spending unnecessary time waiting, churning, and reworking? Are we representing the information in the most meaningful way? Let us take this opportunity to revisit the toolsets we use as business analyst’s and determine if we can help to improve the quality of information that drives requirements so that the projects are set up for success, and we spend our effort on doing the right things.

RE Tutorial

Design Thinking for Requirements Engineering

 

Falk Uebernickel, Daniel Mendez and
Jennifer Hehn

Design Thinking is a human-centered problem solving approach that applies rapid prototyping, iterative development cycles, and interdisciplinary teamwork. By structuring the fuzzy process of developing innovative ideas, Design Thinking is a promising approach to creatively elicit human-centered requirements for software-intensive systems. This tutorial provides a hands-on introduction to Design Thinking based on practical examples to foster lively discussions on the potential and challenges in applying Design Thinking in the participants’ own settings. In particular, real project examples from large, (mostly) European enterprises will showcase practices on how to utilize Design Thinking for Requirements Engineering and to integrate it with agile approaches like Scrum on a day-to-day basis. After the tutorial, the participants will have access to all materials, templates, and methods on our website for further usage.