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Tag: Requirements

Aug 3, 2017

Steering Team Joins Faculty Senate to Talk eRA Project

Contributed by: Jessica Burnette and Jalisa Melton Earlier this year, seven members of the eRA Steering Team joined a bi-monthly Faculty Senate meeting to talk eRA. The Faculty Senate is a group of representatives from each part of the university whose members act as facilitators of faculty participation in the governance of NC State. The meeting… 

Jun 2, 2017

eRA RFP Executive Summary

Contributed by Matt Simpson and Jessica Burnette On April 4, 2017, the NC State Purchasing Department published the official RFP for the new Electronic Research Administration (eRA) system that will replace PINS and RADAR, the systems currently in use. The RFP explained the reasons a new system is required and the purpose and objectives of the… 

Apr 3, 2017

What eRA Requirements Would Training SMEs Like to See? Training Perspectives on the New System

Contributed by Matt Simpson In February, the eRA requirements team held two more focus groups, wrapping up the data collection phase of the requirements gathering process. On February 6, six training experts met to discuss what system requirements are most important to them. Contributions from this group are imperative because they will play a huge… 

Mar 13, 2017

What eRA Requirements are Important from a Business Perspective? Business Operations SMEs describe their Ideal System

Contributed by Matt Simpson In the first month of the new year, the eRA Requirements team continued its effort to determine the needs and desires of various groups on campus that will be affected by the implementation of a new system. A focus group consisting of 13 members involved with business operations met on January… 

Jan 12, 2017

What’s Important to the Researcher? PI Focus Groups Help us Understand eRA System Requirements

Contributed by: Genevieve Garland and Marley Thrasher In December, the eRA Requirements Team held four two-hour focus groups with Principal Investigators (PIs) at NC State. Forty-seven PIs from ten colleges attended these sessions to share their feedback on what they’d like to see in a new electronic Research Administration (eRA) system. PIs met in small groups… 

Dec 7, 2016

How Superheroes Can Help Us Understand eRA System Requirements

Contributed by Jessica Burnette, Marley Thrasher, and Gwen Hazlehurst “At one point, I worked up a list of five requirements for a superhero: superpowers, a costume, a code name, a mission and a milieu. If the character had three out of the five, they were a superhero. But that’s just my definition.” -Kurk Busiek, American… 

Nov 17, 2016

You’re Speaking a Foreign Language to Me! Deciphering eRA Terminology

Contributed by Helen Burgess, Jessica Burnette, Gwen Hazlehurst, Brian Thomas, Marley Thrasher We’re a few months into our large-scale eRA project and have been throwing around some terminology those of us close to the project understand… but as with many terms and acronyms, we haven’t slowed down yet to make sure you understand them too.… 

Oct 13, 2016

The Process of Process Mapping: A Brief Overview

In the coming weeks, you’ll start hearing quite a bit about process mapping. What is it? And why is it so important to our requirements definition process? As you learned in our last post, the Requirements Team has been busy during the last month, mapping current, common processes in research administration across campus. The team… 

Oct 6, 2016

Revving Up The Requirements Team

The Requirements Team is comprised of representatives from each corner of campus. Over 40 members have been recruited and currently contribute to the team. This functional implementation team is tasked with providing NC State requirements for the eRA system. This includes things we hope the system will do as well as things we NEED the system…