It's great to on the bleeding edge sometimes, isn't it? I was fortunate enough to be invited to meet with Jordan Kyriakidis, CEO of QRACorp in my home town of Halifax, Nova Scotia when he saw I was speaking at the annual Professional Development Symposium. Jordan introduced me to the concept of Natural Language Processing as it applies to requirements documents. Jordan and I (well, mostly Jordan) put on a webinar today to discuss this very topic. You can view it here on projectmanagement.com.
Here's a handy shortcut: http://bit.ly/reqswithNLP.
But sometimes it is easier to read about things, so I thought I'd talk about it here at a high level, at least.
Natural Language Processing is gaining a lot of attention these days. Automatically going through documents and looking for patterns or comparing to knowledge bases, or comparing one document to another to see if they relate one to the other are just a few things NLP can be used for.
Imagine a world where a computer application reads a document instead of you and points out all the places where the requirements writer has been too vague, imprecise, or has not provided enough detail? How about one that compares all the requirements documents in the organization and lets you know when it detects inconsistencies between your work and others? Or maybe one that knows the jargon of the profession in which you work, and can point out misuse of terms? Or one that is able to look through your requirements and tell you what is missing?
Seem like it might be a bit of a stretch? Well, some of what was covered in today's webinar is not available ... yet. But some of it is. And that's what bleeding edge is all about, isn't it? Working with new concepts, innovating new methods and the tools to go with them, envisioning the future.
Now you can decide for yourself whether the webinar might be worth a listen.
Many thanks to Jordan Kyriakidis for sharing this advanced knowledge.
P.S. Below are some comments which I thought were quite generous and gratifying from the over 1,200 attendees:
- Thank you. This was enlightening
- Amazing conference
- Great presentation. Thank you
- Thanks!! Great info!!
- Interesting webinar, glad I didn't miss it. thank you
- Thank you ... very good presentation. Excellent on defining requirements!
- Thank you, interesting and informative!
- Thank you for a very fine presentation.
- One of the BEST webinars
- JORDAN - AWESOME cutting-edge at its best!! Keep going forward and sharing.
- Thank you! Awesome!
- Great presentation. Thanks
- Michael, Jordan thank you for your presentation. It's very useful!
- Great presentation and ideas
- Thank you for a very interesting talk.
- Thanks for presentation, great webinar.
- Fantastic. thank you.
- Thank you & was great presentation!!
- Great presentation
- Great presentation. Thanks a lot