Maria Amuchastegui is an IT consultant specializing in business analysis. She has industry experience in government, healthcare, telecommunications, banking and financial services. In addition to CBAP certification from the IIBA, Maria is certified in agile software development methodologies, having obtained the CSM (Certified Scrum Master) certification from the Scrum Alliance, and in software testing, having obtained the CTFL qualification from the ISTQB. Maria was a contributing writer to version 3 of the BABOK (Business Analysis Body of Knowledge), working as part of the team that defined the Requirements Life Cycle Management knowledge area. Specifically, she wrote the section describing the Prioritization task.
Beyond her IT work, Maria is a freelance writer whose work has appeared in This Magazine, Canada’s History magazine, the Globe and Mail, the Toronto Star and NOW Magazine. She has served on the board of Amnesty International (Canada) and is a past president of the board of directors of the Centre for Spanish-Speaking Peoples, a United Way agency serving the Latin American community. She holds a BA from the University of Toronto and a MA from Duke University, and she has done postgraduate work at UC Berkeley.