Milwaukee SPIN

The Software Process Improvement Network is comprised of individuals dedicated to improving the software engineering practice. Regional groups called "SPINs" meet and share their experiences - initiating and sustaining software process improvement programs.

Nonfunctional Requirements

Oh, No! Not Nonfunctional!

The day of the big move is upon you. The semi-truck stuffed with all of your personal furnishings pulls up to your new home. The moving crew gets to work at once, and swiftly begins unloading and carrying your things through the front door. Suddenly the harmonious dance that the crew performs comes to a screeching halt. As eyes roam back and forth from the front door to your magnificent grand piano, your heart nearly stops as you realize that the piano is not going to fit. What are you going to do?

Functionally, the home builder constructed a beautiful home. However, somehow this nonfunctional detail was missed. Does this scenario sound familiar to any of the missed requirements on your projects lately? Do performance requirements such as response time, throughput, capacity, and availability get missed? What about flexibility requirements such as scalability, multi-lingual, installability, and extendability? Roxanne Miller will reveal "patterns" of nonfunctional requirements that can reduce the possibility of missed requirements that cause project rework. Come and find out what you've been missing.


Learning Objectives (at the end of the session, participants will be able to):

1. Recognize the difference between functional and nonfunctional requirements.

2.  Understand various categories of nonfunctional requirements.

3.  Discover the simplicity of this frequently misunderstood and overlooked requirement type.

Date and Time
Monday, 05/11/2015
5:30 PM - 6:00 PM Free Food (Provided by Corvisa) and Networking 6:00 PM - 6:15 PM MSPIN Board Elections 6:15 PM - 7:45 PM Presentation and Q&A * Space is Limited
1610 N 2nd St Suite #101
Milwaukee, WI 53212

Free parking along 2nd street

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Free -Thanks to Corvisa and our Platinum Sponsors
Speaker Bio:

Roxanne E. Miller is a self-proclaimed “Requirements Super Freak.”  Roxanne founded Requirements Quest® in 2001, and has been consulting on requirements process improvement and business analysis practices for over 15 years.  Her clients include several Fortune 500 companies, and span industries such as financial, insurance, higher education, and manufacturing.  She earned a bachelor degree in Management Information Systems (MIS) at the University of Wisconsin—Eau Claire, Eau Claire, Wisconsin, USA.  Roxanne’s book, The Quest for Software Requirements, is an in-depth reference guide with over 2,000 elicitation questions and a tested framework to help individuals make their project work more efficient and effective.


Roxanne is an active member and advocate of the International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA®), and is a Certified Business Analysis Professional™ (CBAP®).  She served as President of the IIBA Greater Madison Chapter, Wisconsin, from inception in 2006 until March 2011.  Additionally, Roxanne helped Wisconsin IIBA chapters unite and launch an annual event, WI BADD®(Wisconsin Business Analyst Development Day), which is devoted to the education, development, and networking opportunities for business analysis professionals.