The Escape Room: Requirements Impossible - a Mystery 2021

  • Friday, August 20, 2021
  • 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
  • Virtual Conference

Friday, August 20, 2021 - 9:00 am - 5:30 pm EDT

Virtual Conference from Bluegrass IIBA Chapter and The Uncommon League

Back by Popular Demand!

The Escape Room - Requirements impossible returns to the virtual stage for an incredible conference experience like no other. If you missed the event the first time around, or just want to relive this fun interactive workshop style conference, now is the time to join the team to escape from the requirements room workshop. You have just 7 hours to save the project. Let’s do this!

The key to your project’s success is in the room with you. The problem? The requirements are held hostage, and you only have 7 hours to rescue them to come up with the solution. No problem! In this unique approach to interactive learning, you must find the clues, solve the puzzles, and learn new techniques & skills. Escape successfully and achieve your goals and objectives. 

Escape Room: Requirements Impossible is a real innovation in training at the intersection of skills learning, escape rooms, collaboration, and more that will enhance your ultimate learning experience. This virtual event is not the same old approach to conferences. It will stretch your critical thinking, influence, collaboration skills, and problem-solving like never before.

It is the age-old story of an organization ruled by the motto “we have always done it that way” mentality. The decision was made at the top to replace the sales platform, and a vendor chosen with no apparent research or alignment to enterprise strategy. The entire team received Scrum Master training to run this Enterprise-wide project in Agile.

Tensions are high, and resistance is everywhere. The first sprint starts in a week, and the vendor just backed out, leaving the project without a solution. Your lead business architect quit. The Senior VP has sent out the memo that this project must continue within the established budget and original timeline.

The new direction will be to build the platform from scratch rather than starting a search for a new vendor. Can things get worse? With four other Business Analysts and Product Owners, you are charged with leading a requirements solution workshop and getting everyone on board with the new direction. Can you turn the requirements impossible to requirements possible?

Your requirements workshop is scheduled for August 20, 2021. Management wants a solution by the end of your workshop. There are several teams/departments represented in the workshop, and all of them present unique challenges and roadblocks to your success. Everyone has accepted your workshop invitation, but there is just one problem, you are entering a requirements hostage negotiation.

You have limited time, but be assured that The Uncommon League has provided enough information for you to pull this off. Escape the workshop room with all the requirements needed upon finding clues, solving the puzzles, learning new techniques, and putting together the solution in 7 hours - it will happen!

You have just 7 hours to uncover the hidden clues and learn the techniques to reveal the secrets to your project’s success. Can you gather enough data to prove to the other teams that change is good and make everyone’s project lives better? Success means everyone wins!

Failure means a year stuck doing a project the old, slow way with marginal results, rework, extended dates, and increased budgets. Do you have what it takes to solve the puzzles and release the requirements before time runs out?

What We Cover

New techniques, approaches and strategies that will assist with all of the following:

  • How to discern what is needed and valued vs. what is not

  • How to prevent missed requirements

  • How to read people’s intent quickly to make more informed decisions

  • How to negotiate requirements scope

  • How to influence a requirements hostage taker

  • How to form your requirements hostage negotiation team

  • How to present an alternative solution to large teams including leadership

Sign up for this event early and you can get ahead of the game! Get special access to puzzles and clues to help you succeed.


 9:30 am – 10:00 am
(Eastern Time)


  • Discovering the Conference Website
  • Students Materials Downloads, Working with Zoom Meetings Tools, Working with the Miro Whiteboards

  • Team Assignments
10:00 am – 10:45 am
(Eastern Time)
 Stakeholder Analysis
  • The Stakeholder Dossiers

  • Understanding Influence Acceptance Modeling

  • The Stakeholder Puzzle
10:45 am – 11:00 am
(Eastern Time)

 Break Out Session

  • Stakeholder Influence Modeling
  • Solving the Stakeholder Puzzle

11:00 am – 11:15 am
(Eastern Time)

 The Stakeholder Puzzle Solution Revealed

11:15 am – 11:30 am
(Eastern Time)
11:30 am – 12:15 pm
(Eastern Time)

 Functional Analysis

  • Understanding Functional Analysis and How Capabilities are Deconstructed into Functions and Sub-functions for Requirements Elicitation and Analysis

  • The Capability Puzzle

12:15 pm – 12:50 pm
(Eastern Time) 

 Break Out Session

  • Capability Deconstruction Model

  • Solving the Capability Puzzle

12:50 pm – 1:00 pm
(Eastern Time)

 The Capability Puzzle Solution Revealed

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
(Eastern Time)
 Lunch Break
2:00 pm – 2:45 pm
(Eastern Time)

 Business Solution Analysis

  • Performing Capability Analysis for Solution Options

  • Developing and Analysis of Solution Options with a Solution Alternatives Matrix

  • The Business Solution Puzzle

 2:45 pm – 3:15 pm
(Eastern Time)

 Break Out Session

  • Building Capability Analysis 
  • Creating a Solutions Alternatives Matrix

  • Solving the Business Solution Puzzle
 3:15 pm – 3:20 pm
(Eastern Time)

 The Business Solution Puzzle Revealed

 3:20 pm – 3:30 pm
(Eastern Time)
 3:30 pm – 4:00 pm
(Eastern Time)

 Solution Agreement & Organizational Change Modeling

  • Understanding Organizational Change Readiness

  • Preparing Stakeholders for Change

  • Plan, Manage and Obtain Stakeholder Solution Approach Agreement

  • The Solution Agreement Puzzle
 4:00 pm – 4:30 pm
(Eastern Time)

 Break Out Session

  • A Speedboat, a Million Dollars, and a Bow Tie
  • Solving the Solution Agreement Puzzle
 4:30 pm – 4:40 pm
(Eastern Time)

 The Solution Agreement Puzzle Solution Revealed

  4:40 pm – 5:00 pm
(Eastern Time)
Creating a Action Plan
  • The Final Puzzle - Putting It All Together

  • Triangulating for Improvement

 5:00 pm – 5:15 pm
(Eastern Time)

 Break Out Session

  • Build the Action Plan and Triangulate
  • Lessons Learned

  • Solving the Final Puzzle
 5:15 pm – 5:30 pm
(Eastern Time)

 Conference Wrap Up

Conference Materials

All the materials for this conference are digital. We will be providing you a link to download the conference materials shortly before the conference. No physical items will be shipped for this conference.


      $79 - Early Bird Special until July 23, 2021

    $129 - Regular Price after July 23, 2021

Escape With Us 

We can’t wait for you to join Escape Room: Requirements Impossible virtual event. Register today and we will see you soon!


Based in Lexington, Kentucky and serving all interested Kentucky Business Analysts    

Mailing address:  Bluegrass IIBA Chapter | 1588 Leestown Road, Suite 130-111 | Lexington, KY  40511



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