Category Archives: Section Meeting

Section Meeting: Agile Project Management Best Practices

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Anu Chandrasekhar

Agile project management is a recursive and incremental method of managing the design and build activities for information technology, product/ service development, engineering projects in a highly nimble, end user focused and interactive manner. Agile methods came into existence in response to challenges experienced in more sequential forms of project organization/ management. In the Agile method, small portions of the deliverables are completed within each work sequence/ delivery cycle and the work product is progressively improved within an overall iterative life cycle where deliverables are submitted in stages. Agile is popular in technology projects where the project may be complex and where end users may experience difficulty defining long term requirements
without being able to view and interact with progressive prototypes. The incremental, iterative work sequences referred to above are commonly known as sprints in agile software development.

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Setction Meeting: New Regulations for Managing Risk and Clinical Issues Aimed at the design of Medical Device

Many of us work in a regulated environment.  Very recently the medical devices have come under the scrutiny of the Health Authorities. Please attend this meeting to find out what happened, what is being done about it and how pertinent regulation have been changed. Many of you probably don’t know what a medical device is.  Believe or not a felt tipped pen would be considered a medical device if a surgeon uses it to draw on a patient to indicate an incision point.  Come to this meeting and be educated as to new ideas and trends .

Presented by:  Nancy J. Sperling, MS QA/RA, Green Belt and CQA

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Section Meeting: Tour of Boyce Technologies – A Revolutionary Engineering and Manufacturing Facility

Boyce Technologies specializes in designing and manufacturing equipment for the mass transit market including emergency response systems, intercom systems, security alarm systems, radio and wireless networks, and customer information display systems. 

Founded in 2007, the company has grown from one employee, the owner Charles Boyce, to over 100.  In early 2018, the company moved into its present 100,000 square-foot headquarters in Long Island City.  One of their most well-known products is the Help Point Unit, found throughout New York City’s subway system. The kiosks, widely-recognized by their blue light and two-button system, use a digital voice over IP system to provide information, security and safety communications to thousands of commuters and visitors each day.  Recently, BTI has been engaged by the new company Charge to design and manufacture the proprietary docking stations for electric charging, storage and service stations of e-scooters and e-bikes.

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Section Meeting: How is data analytics transforming the audit function?

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Priya Gopinath

Technology adoption and advancements in business operations and increasing use of data analytics/ visualization are paving the way for audit functions to re-imagine the way in which audits are planned and executed. A transformed audit model includes analytics beyond sample-based testing to include full population analyses of audit-relevant data. Analytics enables greater assurance in identifying and sizing business risks, provides necessary audit evidence and enables auditors to offer deeper, relevant and actionable insights to business stakeholders. How are audit departments leveraging analytics? Are audit departments rating analytics as valuable in achieving their objectives? What analytics tools are most commonly used? What skills should auditors of the future consider adopting to grow and align with such a transforming model? Join us to discuss these and share your perspective or approach on this important topic at this section meeting.

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June 2019 Section Meeting: “Quality Professional” – Old Function, New Competencies

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Carl Johansen

The term “quality professional” has been around for well over 100 years, and like the industries this function serves, the meaning and skill sets continually evolve to suit the needs of industry. Our profession is rapidly changing and the competencies required are no longer within a single discipline, but rather found in multiple disciplines ranging from traditional quality tools to ethics and IT. This presentation will discuss the core competencies and responsibilities of the modern quality professional, and why a diversified skill set is now more important than ever. Embark on your journey of change now, or risk being left behind wondering why job opportunities and career growth are limited.

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April 2019 Section Meeting: Business Process Improvement in Reinsurance, A Case Study

Join us for this month’s section meeting  where we will be discussing  Business Process Improvement in the Reinsurance industry.

Business Process Improvement, a core business function at BlueLine Associates, involves the evaluation of current practices, which is done through a thorough analysis of people, process and technology. The review provides solutions that improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the organization based on agreed critical success factors.

Our client wanted to conduct a complete process review across all business functions to identify opportunities to improve cost and quality. We performed an end-to-end process review to provide a holistic view of the company and implemented recommendations that achieve over $7m in operational efficiency while increasing employee satisfaction and engagement.

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February 2019 Section Meeting: NY Transit Museum Tour

The February 2019 Section Meeting will be preceded by a tour of the NY Transit Museum, located at 99 Schermerhorn Street Brooklyn, NY 11201.

Founded in 1976, the New York Transit Museum is dedicated to telling and preserving the stories of mass transportation – extraordinary engineering feats, workers who labored in the tunnels over 100 years ago, communities that were drastically transformed, and the ever-evolving technology, design, and ridership of a system that runs 24 hours a day, every day of the year.  This bears on and helps understand the state of quality and challenges it faced in those days.

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