We're calling on Ulrike Vauth, a business architect with IBM Global Business Services. As an Open Group Distinguished Certified IT Architect, her experience with mid-sized to large application development spans the lifecycle, including requirements engineering, specification, design, code, test, and go-live.
We wanted to get to know a little more about how she acquires and shares knowledge:
What inspired you to write an article on this specific topic?
I work with this topic on a daily basis and get a lot of questions from other colleagues around requirements management; therefore, I decided to share my experience by writing this article for developerWorks.
What communities, forums or user groups do you turn to for help or technical insight?
For specific questions I typically search in the known platforms like the Jazz forums, developerWorks, or the available community tools like Lotus Connections network inside IBM. If I don't find the right answer I use the forums (e.g. Jazz forum for Tool related topics) or look for help in my network of technical people inside IBM. The technical community is really good and helps each other very often.
Who is your hero?
I don't have a specific hero, but I respect people who really act and do not just talk, who are open, help each other and find the fun our job can provide.
What hobbies or activities interest you outside of your job?
The little time I have outside my business life I spend practicing and teaching Karate in my hometown in Germany. Practicing and living the Karate principles gives me a lot of physical and mental strength for my daily job. In both areas I try to follow the Karate ideals, like: You always should try to improve your skills, improve your character, be patient, respect others and be faithful.
We respect her passion for sharing her expertise with you. That's why she's the author of this week's feature article Establish a mature requirements management process to cut costs with Rational Requirements Composer and Team Concert.
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