Warning message

Past event disabled.

The Waza of Functional Decomposition Diagramming (Virtual Chapter Event)

Tuesday, October 13, 2020 -
6:30pm to 8:00pm

The Waza of Functional Decomposition Diagramming

Have you ever been on a project where trying to understand how all the parts fit together was overwhelming? Or maybe you started in a new organization, as a contractor and consultant, and you had challenges trying to figure out how the organization is organized.

Let’s face it, many organizations are just complex. There are so many facets to an organizations to include: resources, departments, functions, processes, systems, data and more. However, as a business analysts it’s your job to ensure you understand the many different facets to help influence and drive the best solutions for the organization. In addition, this knowledge ensures the requirements captured, not only meet the business need, but also provide solutions that work holistically for the organization, while mitigating risk. Unfortunately, in many cases, when the business analyst is either added to the project, or brought into the loop, there are already established deadlines which can condense the time to understand these different facets. In order to be as effective as possible, there is still a need to understand how all of the areas work in order to ensure alignment, and cohesiveness, to meet the business strategies, goals, and needs. Decomposition is a technique that allows you take a very complex organization and break it down into smaller pieces relatively quickly. When you have a complex system it can be a very daunting tasks to understand how everything fits together. However, if you start at the top and continue to decompose down to the right level of detail, there is a lot of knowledge that can be gained. This knowledge will arm you with wisdom to ensure when there is a change needed/desired, organizational integrity and alignment to the different facets will remain intact. In addition, cohesiveness, and alignment, creates an environment to deliver solutions for the best customer experience possible. In this session I will share the following insights:

  • What is functional decomposition, and why is an important tool for a business analyst
  • How to approach decomposition
  • How to leverage decomposition information to drive organizational strategy




Paula Bell is the CEO of Paula A Bell Consulting, LLC for over 19 years. She is a coach, consultant, speaker, and author with expertise in the areas of: business analysis, project management, leadership, diversity, equity & Inclusion, career development and self development. Through her 5-tier consulting business model, Paula helps individuals find their passion, build their brand, and enhance their skill sets through consultations, coaching and customizable documentation to drive results. Her desire is to empower, and motivate others, through a structured journey of self reflection and awareness as a catalyst for unlimited success. Paula is a certified Business Analyst, Certified Life Purpose Coach, Certified Diversity & Inclusion Manager Coach and Forrester Customer Experience (CX) Champion.

She also possesses 21+ years of experience in corporate America in project roles to include business analyst, requirements manager, business initiatives manager, business process quality manager, technical writer, project manager, developer, test lead and implementation lead. Paula has experience in a variety of industries to include media, courts, manufacturing and financial. She has lead multiple highly-visible multi-million dollar technology and business projects to create solutions to transform businesses as either a consultant, senior business analyst or manager. Currently she is also a Business Support Manager for a major financial institution leading a team of business process consultants to identify processes and execute on continuous improvement opportunities.

Paula is originally from Brooklyn, NY. She graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Management Information Systems from Oral Roberts, University located in Tulsa, OK. Paula is currently married and resides in Iowa with her husband and teenage twins (boy/girl). Paula is extremely active in her community as she is the Past President of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship Fund which provides scholarships to minorities attending Iowa institutions, as well as, volunteers for many different community events. Paula also studies, and trains, martial arts and achieved her 2nd degree black belt designation in August of 2018. She leverages martial arts concepts to bring forth personal and professional concepts, hence her brand of the BA Martial Artist.


We will be using Zoom for our virtual event. Instructions on how to connect will be viewable after event registration.

Meeting Cost

  • Members - Free (promo code will be in your email to register for event for free)
  • Non Members - $5 +fees ($6.04)

If you would like to Join or Renew IIBA Portland Metro chapter membership prior to purchasing a ticket for the event please click here Join or Renew IIBA Portland Metro Chapter Membership online via PayPal. Must be a member of IIBA International to be a local chapter member.

Please join or renew by 5pm Sunday October 11, 2020 in order to receive member discount code to register for event.

If you have questions about your membership contact secretary@portland.iiba.org

If you are a Portland Metro Chapter Member and have not received this month's promo code in your email please email marketing@portland.iiba.org.

Register for Event on Eventbrite 

Event Details: 
Agenda: 6:30 - 6:45 - Networking 6:45 - 6:50 - Welcome and Announcements 6:50 - 7:50 - Presentation
Event Location: 
Virtual event on Zoom - link will be provided after event registration on Eventbrite