November 04, 2009 08:07 ET

LexisNexis Employee Recognized for Outstanding Requirements Process Improvement Within Agile Processes

Kathleen McGoey Recognized With 2009 Requirements Lifecycle Award

ATLANTA, GA--(Marketwire - November 4, 2009) -, the industry's largest consortium for the advancement of Business Analysis empowerment, today announced the winner of the inaugural Requirements Lifecycle Award. Kathleen McGoey, Director of Development Support Services at LexisNexis, was honored with the award for her ongoing work in leading significant improvements in her organization's software requirements practice.

The requirements improvement initiatives led by Kathleen McGoey focus on key client-facing, Web-based applications, back-office applications and other development initiatives. In order to be more responsive to customer needs, LexisNexis is transforming requirements definition and management, and implementing new processes. These include performance of visual requirements simulation for development cycles to ensure that all requirements are clearly understood before costly implementation commences.

McGoey has been able to achieve a commitment for continued improvement and investments in the practice across the company, and LexisNexis is moving toward establishing a center of excellence to continue that work. Specific, ongoing improvements under McGoey's guidance include:

--  Definition and visualization of requirements through simulation,
    resulting in clearer requirements understanding.
--  Creating a single reference for development and test, providing all
    stakeholders, including the business client, with a single location to find
    the requirements information they need.
--  Standardizing project frameworks and roadmaps, allowing stakeholders
    to see historical, current, and planned work and quickly drill-down into
    the detailed requirements for any of it.

LexisNexis' requirements process improvements are delivering significant business value, helping to build applications that are aligned with business and customer needs, and reducing costly rework cycles.

"We commend Kathleen on her remarkable continued work at LexisNexis to truly change the way requirements are defined, visualized and articulated throughout the organization," said Andy Simon, Partner at Centerline Partners, and spokesperson for "She is a great example for others, showcasing how organizations can work to significantly improve their requirements process and thereby drive better communication, understanding and efficiency among all stakeholders in the business."

A video interview of Kate McGoey discussing process improvement undertaken by LexisNexis is available at

About the Requirements Lifecycle Award

The Requirements Lifecycle Award recognizes the achievements of individuals who have led transformations in their organization's software requirements lifecycle through education, process, and automation initiatives to reduce waste and inefficiencies. After a lengthy review process, a judging panel consisting of members selected the winner from among all the nominees. members include HP Software, Cap Gemini, Blueprint, BA Times, The Requirements Networking Group, Orasi Software, Cortechs, Zap Technologies, the Requirements Solutions Group, Centerline Partners, and SKY IT.

About The Consortium

Founded by HP and Blueprint in 2008 and now thirteen members strong, is the industry's largest consortium for the advancement of Business Analysis empowerment. Through focus on requirements definition, visualization, and management, the companies behind are driven to share and sponsor best practices and technologies to improve industry requirements practices. As prescribed in the charter, the call for members is opened only once a year, between January and March. Participating organizations include Blueprint, HP Software, Capgemini, RQNG, Orasi Software, SKY IT Group, CorTechs, Centerline Partners, BA Times, iconATG, Zap Technologies, CapCo and the Requirement Solution Group.

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