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Ravenflow Launches Business Analyst Building Blocks Program
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Posted by: etrimble on Friday, January 28, 2011

Emeryville, CA—January 24, 2011—Ravenflow, a leading provider of visual requirements definition software, today announced its six-part Business Analyst Building Blocks webinar series for 2011.  This new education program is designed to help business analysts improve their skills and success with requirements elicitation and management, from initial process discovery to modeling, validation and test.  The program kicks off Feb. 22 with a one-hour webinar, “Getting Started with a BA Center of Excellence.” 

“Our customers are constantly looking for ways to provide their BAs with better training, mentoring and support so they can advance their analysis and elicitation skills, as well as adopt and implement best practices,” said Susan Boers, president and CEO of Ravenflow

“We’re happy to see the requirements domain maturing.  More and organizations are starting to recognize the important role requirements play in project success – and how critical it is to get them right,” Boers added.  “Whether BAs take part in our free education series or engage us in formal training, we want to empower them with the training and tools to succeed.”


“In recent surveys, more than 6,000 BAs have agreed there is a critical need for improvement in the areas of communication, negotiation, presentation and requirements elicitation skills.  Our BA Building Blocks series will help,” Boers explained.  “Through the course of 2011, we’ll cover everything from enterprise analysis, planning and monitoring to use cases and elicitation skills as well as understanding the requirements lifecycle from process discovery to test.” 

The first webinar in the series, “Getting Started with a BA Center of Excellence,” explores the why, when and how of creating a BA Center of Excellence, and provides an overview of prerequisites and potential roadblocks.  This webinar will be held Tuesday, Feb. 22 at 10 a.m. PST (1 p.m. EST).  To register, please visit

Each webinar lasts one hour and is complimentary, but pre-registration is required.  The webinars will take place every 4-6 weeks. 

“Whether BAs choose to attend just one of our webinars, or all of them, each one will provide the building blocks to advance their skills and pursue the launch of a BA Center of Excellence,” Boers said. 

In addition, for those who are ready to establish a Center of Excellence, or improve the one they have, Ravenflow also offers an 18-hour on-site course.  This course can be customized to users’ skill sets or the needs of the company.  The material is aligned with the International Institution of Business Analysis (IIBA) BABOK version 2, and covers the skills identified by the IIBA as being critical to business analyst success.

The BA Building Blocks webinar series will be led by Ravenflow’s Marcia Stinson.  Stinson has more than 20 years of experience in formal software development.  She has assisted numerous Fortune 500 companies in developing requirements engineering processes and associated templates, guidelines and job-aids.  She has also helped companies create their information models and standardize their approach to requirements information management.  She has also developed use case and elicitation courses that are certified by the IIBA. 

For more information about Ravenflow, or to register, please click the links above or visit


About Ravenflow
Ravenflow is the leading provider of visual requirements definition software that allows companies to gain better insight, clarity, and quality in their process improvement and application development projects.  Leveraging a uniquely business-driven and process-based approach, Ravenflow transforms requirements definition by empowering business analysts to rapidly produce clear specifications of their business process workflows, business use cases, and business application needs.  Ravenflow recently was named the fastest growing company in the Requirements market, received the 2010 IBM Rational Jazz Innovator Finalist Award, the 2009 IBM Rational ISV Partner of the Year Award, 2009 Jolt Productivity Award and was selected as a Gartner “Cool Vendor in Application Development.”

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