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Welcome to the IRM UK March newsletter.


In this issue we feature the following articles:


No1. Cure Your Agile Planning and Analysis Blues: The Top 9 Pain Points by Ellen Gottesdiener


No2. Business Analysis with Business Rules: Taking It to the Next Level by Ronald G. Ross with Gladys S.W. Lam 


No3. Gaining Support for Data Quality by Danette McGilvray


No4. Bringing Order to Complexity by Mike Clark



No1. Cure Your Agile Planning and Analysis Blues: The Top 9 Pain Points by Ellen Gottesdiener


If you’re on a team that’s transitioning to lean/agile, have you experienced troubling truths, baffling barriers, and veritable vexations around planning and analysis? We work with many lean/agile teams, and we’ve noted certain recurring planning and analysis pain points. Download the article here.


Ellen will be delivering her seminar on Agile Requirements:Collaborating to Define and Confirm Needs in London, 8-10 April. 


No2. Business Analysis with Business Rules: Taking It to the Next Level by Ronald G. Ross with Gladys S.W. Lam 


A business manager at a very large health care organization recently confided to us that making a change to business rules of even moderate complexity took their organization 400 person-days over a 4-month period. That’s staggering. How could it be sustainable? Their organization, like many today, is living in change deployment hell. Download this book excerpt here.


Ron and Gladys will be delivering their seminar on Business Analysis with Business Rules in London, 12 - 13 May. 


No3. Gaining Support for Data Quality by Danette McGilvray


Joe was working diligently at his desk when a senior vice president walked by and caught sight of him. The VP introduced herself and asked what Joe was working on. After hearing about Joe’s data quality project, the VP was so impressed with what Joe and his project had to offer the company that she immediately called the CEO, the COO, CFO, and the CIO.  This was the start of what went on to become a successful data quality or data governance initiative within the organization. Fact or fiction? Download the article here


Danette will be delivering her Seminar on 10 Steps to Information Quality in London, 8 - 9 May.


No4. Bringing Order for Complexity by Mike Clark


Design is all around us.  The products that catch our eye are driven by how they look and also how they make us feel, the complexity is hidden away from us as consumers. We are presented with something that is so simple that we almost forget how hard it must have been to define this level of simplicity. “There is a profound enduring beauty in simplicity, in clarity, in efficiency”

The organisations that harness this simplistic approach are able to deliver products which seem to have always been in our lives and as users we are just able to use them, even if we have never used them before. I always wonder why this same approach cannot transcend to business process and business design. Why do we seem to make organisations so complex? Download the article here


Mike will be speaking at the Enterprise Architecture Conference - 16- 18 June 2014, London on “Designing experiences by architecting from the outside in".


Information from our Partners:


DAMA International

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IRM UK Conferences:


Master Data Management Summit Europe, 19-21 May, London


Data Governance Conference Europe, 19-21 May, London


Enterprise Architecture Conference Europe, 16-18 June, London


Business Process Management Conference Europe, 16-18 June, London


TDWI BI & DW Symposium, 8-10 September, London


Business Analysis Conference Europe, 22 - 24 September, London


Enterprise Data & BI Conference Europe, 3-5 November, London



IRM UK Seminars:


Enterprise Architecture

TOGAF Certification

Zachman Certification

Business Analytics

IT Strategy

Aligning Business and IT

Business Process

Business Rules

Business Analysis

Requirements Process

Data Modelling

Information Strategy

Data Quality

Business Intelligence

Big Data


Visit for full information on our events.



Information from our Partners:



TEC’s Supply Chain Management (SCM) Buyer’s Guide

In the course of talking to end users, software vendors, consultants, and other industry parties, we at Technology Evaluation Centers (TEC) are hearing about a wide range of challenging issues specific to supply chain functioning.

In TEC’s SCM Buyer’s Guide, four issues that have the greatest impact on supply chain operations are highlighted. We delve into these challenges, such as the increasing demand for “real-time supply chain”, with real-life cases to show customer successes and thought leadership about SCM. Furthermore, a breakdown of standard SCM product functionality and details of a select list of vendors who support those requirements are presented in the buyer’s guide.

To learn more about SCM vendors and major next-generation technology trends affecting SCM solutions, download the complete TEC SCM Buyer’s Guide here.