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20NTC Session Proposal

Winning Ways with Requirements


Accurately assessing and documenting system requirements is one of the most critical parts of any system implementation, but it’s easy to be distracted by a shiny new platform. Before thinking about what a new system could do, it’s important that nonprofits document what the system must do. This session will introduce you to winning ways you can easily identify and prioritize what you need before talking to vendors. You’ll walk away with tips and tools to get started right away, ensuring your next system implementation is a win.

Learning Outcomes

  • Understand the importance of and the process of identifying system requirements.
  • Identify and document system requirements based on the real issues, not just symptoms.
  • Return to work with useful tools and templates.


Maddie Schlapprizzi

Solutions Engineer

Mission Matters Group

Maddie is in her 5th year at the Mission Matters Group and currently serves as a Solutions Engineer. MMG partners with nonprofits to help them harness the power of technology to maximize their impact. MMG fulfills a piece of Maddie that provides her with the opportunity to contribute to all of their clients’ missions and witness how they change lives and communities. Although she works with many nonprofit organizations she has a special place in her heart for those who serve women and children.

Maddie earned her bachelors degree and MBA from Saint Louis University. There, she also competed in cross country and track & field, earning 8 all-conference awards. Maddie is a Cincinnati native, who currently lives in St. Louis, Missouri with her husband and two sons. When she is not chasing her children, she still enjoys a light run to motivate her thoughts.

Joshua Aranda

Managing Partner

Mission Matters Group

Joshua is the co-founder and Managing Partner at Mission Matters Group. Joshua is a passionate leader and determined Social Entrepreneur. He is driven by a childhood belief instilled by his parents, “You have the ability to change the world.” Fortunately, he is co-founder and partner with his father and brother, so the family belief to pursue changing the world is reaffirmed every day.
As a managing partner, Mr. Aranda is plugged into all aspects of the business of Mission Matters Group. One of his main responsibilities is the lead architect for all Health and Human Service solutions. He is responsible for the design and oversight of the solution implementations that streamline the efforts for 1000s of front line staff providing critical services to those in need. In all of the solutions he designs, Joshua has a commitment to user experience, inspired by giving staff more time back with their clients as opposed to clicking through technology systems. As a business leader, he knows that the data produced from staff is essential for leaders to make decisions on how to improve services and deliver greater impact. Thinking holistically, he designs systems that will not only be easy to use but will ensure the necessary data is there to more efficiently and efficiently inform decisions and tell the story of an organization’s impact.

Prior to Mission Matters Group, Joshua was a data center engineer at World Wide Technology, chartered with building cloud infrastructure for fortune 500 organizations.

Josh has been married to his wife Laura for 8 years. The have a baby boy and 2 dogs. Josh enjoys running, climbing and exploring the beauties that this world has to offer. He is the proud uncle of 14 and lives with his wife in Portland, Oregon.

Jason Ott

Business Architect

Mission Matters Group

Jason currently serves as a Business Architect at Mission Matters Group and has been with the organization for 3 years. MMG partners with nonprofits to help them harness the power of technology to maximize their impact. Coming from a larger corporate IT company, Jason was drawn to the work at Mission Matters Group because of the ability to support and represent those who are truly impacting their communities. He also appreciates the opportunity to customize the work based on the unique needs of the individuals or organizations.

Jason earned degrees in both Applications of Computing and Sociology from Princeton University while competing on the varsity wrestling team. Outside of MMG, if it is a sport, game, or anything competitive, Jason is interested. He enjoys coaching wrestling and plays baseball every summer. Jason resides in St. Louis with his wife Margaret, has 5 siblings and is an uncle to 17 kiddos.

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March 13, 2019


3:15pm – 4:30pm

CFRE Credits

NFR - 1.25

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