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Alamo PMI August 2020 Monthly Meeting


The SEI Capability Maturity Model, CMM, addressed Requirements Analysis in the 1990s and was updated to the SEI Capability Maturity Model Integrated, CMMI, to cover all product development processes, not just software.

The International Institute for Business Analysis, IIBA, created the Business Analysis Body of Knowledge Guide, BA BOK®, using the PMBOK® Guide as a model. IIBA offers a certification of Certified Business Analysis Professional, CBAP®, similar to the PMI PMP® certification.

The PMBOK® Guide, 6th Edition, Chapter 5, Scope Management, addresses product requirements, AKA Product Scope. PMI has established the Professional Business Analyst, PBA®, certification.

Requirements must provide the designers and builders the same “picture” of the final result that the customers have created in their personal memory banks.  Analyzing what is said and what is written to clarify and focus the vision of the final result is a process that frustrates most projects, whether for a process plant or a web site.

Requirements Analysis is a technique that is applied in the Process of progressively elaborating the Product Scope. The output of the Requirements Analysis must be a Product Description that draws the same picture for all the stakeholders.  The SEI CMM calls this picture a “shared vision.”

Requirements have two parts: Expectations and Specifications. We will show how Requirements writers and readers can improve their understanding of the customer Expectations and SEE what should be produced by using certain rules and tools.

These techniques allow you to ask crucial questions and ensure you build the right thing.


Don James, Presenter

International experience in successful implementation, QA/QC, deployment, and support of business application products. Project Manager and business analysis consultant for worldwide Supply Chain and Strategic Sourcing initiatives. Skills, knowledge, and experience in product and project management of the life cycle and QA/QC of application software for organizations that implement continuous product and process improvement.


  1. Adjunct Professor, Certified, for Project Management, Lone Star College, Tomball, TX, 2008 – 2017.
  2. Project Management instructor, coach, and mentor for international organizations. All classes derived from PMI PMBOK® Guide. Reviewer for PMI PMBOK Guide®, 3rd Class evaluations ranked 4.0 on scale of 5.
  3. Business Analysis instructor for “Gather, Document, and Manage IT Requirements.” Class evaluations ranked 4.5 on scale of 5.
  4. Product Development Manager with skills, knowledge, and experience in Software Process from business analysis through usability acceptance.
  5. Senior Software Process Manager with skills, knowledge, and experience in project management for development of organization business systems and commercial products.
  6. QA/QC Manager able to apply skills, knowledge and experience in QAI, PMI, ISO9000, SEI CMM, and standards and processes to manage delivery of the high quality systems, processes and procedures expected by the organization.
  7. Senior Application Architect with skills, knowledge, and experience in managing requirements development with a variety of business analysis tools and techniques.


Mississippi State University, BA (Co-op) Mathematics

Project Management Institute, PMP

Lone Star College-Tomball, Adjunct Certification Program

Presentations and Publications:

“Requirements Analysis: Did You SEE What I SAID?”, 2020, PMI Houston, 2019, PMI Houston North Venue,  2012, PMI Houston Chapter UH Venue;2011, PMI Clear Lake/Galveston Chapter; 2008, PMI Houston Chapter; 2006, PMI Atlanta Chapter; 2003, SPIN Houston Chapter, PMI Houston Chapter; 1996 -1999, Society for Software Quality, West Houston and Clear Lake/Galveston Houston chapters.

“Swamp PMs”, 2012, PMI Houston and Clear Lake/Galveston Chapters; 2013, Aon Hewitt PM Lunch & Learn, Corpus Christi Army Depot PM Framework classes; PMI Tulsa Chapter.

“Politics in State Government IT Projects”, 2007, PMI Houston Chapter North Venue; 2007, PMI Clear Lake/Galveston and Houston, Seminar at Sea II.

“Sarbanes-Oxley: An Issue of Quality or Ethics?” 2004, Houston Software Quality Association.

 “The Past Tense of .com Is .gon Redux”, December 2002, PM Boulevard

“Quality Assurance in Web Systems”, 2002, QAI International Conference on eXtreme Testing and the Houston Software Quality Association.

“eXtreme Testing of Web Systems”, 2002. Webinar prepared for NorTek Solutions, Inc.

“The Past Tense of .com is .gon”, 2001, Society for Software Quality, West Houston chapter.

“What Is ISO9000 And Why Should I Care?”, 1993, Small Business Development Center Journal, Albany, NY

“On The Bearable Heaviness of BEING a Small Business”, 1990, Rice University Continuing Education Seminar

“An Inventory of Gateway Design Concepts”, 1984, Paper selected as a Significant Contribution to the Computer Technology Division, ISA


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Type of activity: Monthly Chapter Meeting

Date: August 26th, 2020

Hour: 6:30PM to 8:15PM

Nbr of PDUs: 1.0


Members: $5.00

Non members: $10.00

Students: $5.00


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