CHAPTER NEWS

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  • Monday, February 04, 2019 8:23 PM | Marketing IIBA Bluegrass (Administrator)

    Congratulations to our newest Certified Business Analysis Professional™ (CBAP®)  

    Bluegrass IIBA chapter would like to congratulate Jonathan Hill of Louisville on receiving the CBAP Designation in December 2018.

     

    Jonathan was born in New Albany, IN and went to Floyd Central High School and joined the Air Force in 1983 after graduation.

    Work history:

    Air Force - Personnel Specialist, German Linguist, Electronic Security Analyst.

    Humana - Systems Analyst, Business Analyst, Senior Business Systems Analyst

    Education:

    Community College of the Air Force - Associates Degree in Intelligence Collection

    University of Maryland - BS General Management 

    Regis University- MS Computer Information Systems.

     

  • Thursday, January 10, 2019 8:00 PM | Membership IIBA Bluegrass (Administrator)

     

    Bluegrass IIBA Chapter announces a membership promotion to encourage business professionals who live or work in the great Commonwealth of Kentucky, Southeast Indiana or Burlington, VT area to participate in the chapter program and gain membership from that participation.

    Beginning with tomorrow’s IIBA® Certification Screen-side Chat webinar, with every event in which you participate will get two things:

    1. Entered into an annual drawing for valuable membership prizes, and
    2. A character toward a discount code that will get you a $12 discount on a new or renewal of your Chapter Membership or Annual Pass (after just a few events you will have the entire discount code for the $12 discount).

    Every chapter event will get you a character of the discount code. Chapter events include chapter meetings, IIBA Certification Screen-side Chat webinars, IIBA Certification Mentoring Social Event, Online BA Gaming, BAs on the Street webinar, Workshops, BABOK® Study Group, or any other event the chapter provides.

    As mentioned, each event gets your name into a drawing for valuable membership prizes. If you attend three events between January and June 2019, you will have three entries into the drawing to be held in July 2019.  If you attended seven events, you will have seven entries into the drawing and the entire discount code for $12 off your Chapter Membership or Annual Pass.

    So now I know you are asking what prizes can I win. Well how do these prizes sound:

    1. 1 Grand Prize = IIBA International and Bluegrass IIBA Chapter Membership ($161 Value)
    2. 2 Second Prizes = Participate in 2019 Bluegrass IIBA BABOK Study Group for free ($50 - $150 Value)
    3. 3 Third Prizes = Bluegrass Chapter Membership or Annual Pass ($36 - $60 Value)
    4. 4 Fourth Prizes = $25 Texas Roadhouse Gift Card ($25 Value)

    Promotion Rules:

    • Open to business professionals that live or work in Kentucky, Southeast Indiana or Burlington, VT area.
    • One person will win the Grand prize, two people will win the Second prize, three people will win the Third prize, and four people will win the Fourth prize.
    • You can win only one prize.
    • The more events you attend, the more entries you have in the drawing.
    • All chapter events between January through June 2019 gives you an entry into the drawing.
    • You can use the $12 off discount code on a new or renewal of your current Chapter Membership or Annual Pass. Chapter Membership requires that you be an IIBA International Association Member.
    • Chapter leaders are not eligible for Grand Prize, but are eligible for the other prizes.
    • Prize drawing will be held in July 2019 and prize winners will be notified immediately after the drawing.

    Continually visit our Events Page to see chapter events. Events are added all the time. Any questions about this program may be directed to me at Membership@bluegrass.iiba.org.

  • Wednesday, December 26, 2018 11:30 AM | Community IIBA Bluegrass (Administrator)

    Have you noticed the new look and feel of the International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA®) website (http://www.iiba.org)?

    The first time you visit the website you have the option to take a guided tour that shows you the available options of the website. That tour ends with a notice that the current website is a “minimal viable product” and more content and options will be added in the near future.  However, certainly with the current website, IIBA has brought their website into the 21st century.

    This new website is due to a change in the Association Management System (AMS) by IIBA. The AMS is the main content management system (CMS) for IIBA. This new system will allow for greater sharing of information between IIBA and its chapters, including Bluegrass IIBA Chapter.

    Bluegrass IIBA Chapter will be able to create events that will be shared on the IIBA website. This will not change the process that these events will be listed on the Bluegrass IIBA website (http://bluegrass.iiba.org) and shared on social media.

    Although IIBA has always shared member and contact information with chapters, it has never been able to have chapter membership information from the chapters. This new AMS system not only makes this possible, but it will soon allow members to pay their international and local chapter membership dues in one transaction. At this point it will be important that your chapter affiliation is correct on the IIBA website.

    To check, and update, your chapter affiliation log into the IIBA website at http://www.iiba.org. Once you are logged in, click the little person character next to your name in the top ribbon of the page. Then select Profile on the dropdown options menu.


    From your personal Dashboard, click ‘My Profile’ in the top ribbon of the page.


    Scroll down your profile, after your personal information is the ‘Chapter’ field. Change this to “USA_Kentucky_Bluegrass” if it doesn’t already say that.


    Then scroll down to the bottom of the profile and click the ‘Save Profile Information’ button.


    Bluegrass IIBA Chapter has members and participants in Indiana, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Idaho. Since Bluegrass IIBA Chapter broadcasts and records all its meetings and these people do not have an IIBA chapter near them, they are able to participate in our programs. We also have a person that was an original member in Lexington in 2013. He shortly thereafter moved to Florida. He is connected to a chapter there, but has also maintained his membership with Bluegrass IIBA Chapter as well.

    By checking and updating your chapter affiliation on the IIBA website you can assure you get news and information about your preferred chapter; and when that ability to pay your international and local membership dues on one transaction becomes available, you will be paying the correct local dues. Take a couple of minutes and check it now!


  • Thursday, December 13, 2018 5:00 PM | Marketing IIBA Bluegrass (Administrator)



    Andrew works as a Business Analyst for NTT Data and the Commonwealth of Kentucky, supporting the Medicaid Waiver Management Application. He has several years of experience in Business Analysis and Project Management. Some of his specialties are data analysis, SQL report writing, technical support, business process improvement and QA / UAT testing.

    Andrew discovered the field of Business Analysis after several years of working in ministry and operations management. The more he learned about business analysis, the more he grew to love it and realized it was an ideal field for him. It allowed him to use his love for technology to help make IT projects and people successful.

    Getting certified in business analysis was the natural and necessary
    next step. He participated in both the 2017 BABOK v3 Study Group and
    the 2018 BABOK v3 Study Group, provided by Bluegrass IIBA Chapter, and
    passed the CCBA exam on Monday, September 17, 2018. 

    You can connect with Andrew at Bluegrass IIBA meetings or on LinkedIn.

  • Thursday, November 29, 2018 5:21 PM | Professional Development IIBA Bluegrass (Administrator)

    Congratulations to our newest Certification of Capability in Business Analysis (CCBA®)

    Andrew Lytle works as a Business Analyst for NTT Data and the Commonwealth of Kentucky, supporting the Medicaid Waiver Management Application. He has several years experience in business analysis and project management. Some of his specialties include data analytics, SQL report writing, technical support, business process improvement, and QA / UA testing.

    Andrew participated in the 2017 BABOK v3 Study Group and 2018 BABOK v3 Study Group provided by Bluegrass IIBA Chapter and passed the CCBA® exam on September 17, 2018.

    Andrew now serves the Bluegrass IIBA Chapter as Recognition Program Director.

  • Friday, November 09, 2018 11:00 AM | Marketing IIBA Bluegrass (Administrator)

    It's that time of year again and we have a lot to celebrate!  Not only was the Bluegrass Chapter established 5 years ago, we were honored to receive the Leadership Award from the International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA®) during IIBA Chapter Awards ceremony on Thursday evening, November 1, 2018. 

    Check out our winning video submission on YouTube!

    Thank you to everyone for helping to make 2018 another successful year! 

     

     
  • Friday, November 02, 2018 1:47 PM | Marketing IIBA Bluegrass (Administrator)

    Congratulations to our newest Certified Business Analysis Professional™ (CBAP®) 

    Bill Powers, CBAP

    Republic Bank & Trust 

    Bill works as a Business Analyst in the Enterprise Business Consulting Group at Republic Bank & Trust.  He has several years of experience in Business Analysis, Project Management, Client Service Management, Operations and Benefit Administration.  His specialities include, but are not limited to Informatics, Data Analytics, Operation Efficiency, Project Implementation, UAT and QA.

    Bill participated in the 2018 BABOK v3 Study Group provided by Bluegrass IIBA Chapter, participated in CBAP Preparation Bootcamp class provided by The Solarity Group, and passed the CBAP exam on Saturday, October 28, 2018.

    He is the Director of the Kentuckiana branch.  You can connect with Bill at Kentuckiana IIBA Branch meetings or on LinkedIn.

  • Monday, October 08, 2018 8:34 AM | Sponsorship IIBA Bluegrass (Administrator)

    Bluegrass IIBA Chapter welcomes our newest chapter sponsor...Inflectra Corporation.

    Inflectra is a privately held software company dedicated to making the best software testing, test management and automated testing tools that meet the needs of developers, testers, and planners everywhere. Our legendary customer support will go the extra mile to help you and your team build your next big thing. Inflectra is headquartered in Silver Spring, Maryland (Washington DC area).

    Infectra software tools help business analyst collaborate with development teams to get work done. These tools track progress of requirements development, software development and testing efforts, including work on defects.

    Bluegrass IIBA Chapter is dedicated to the advancement of the business analysis profession in the Bluegrass state of Kentucky. Bringing awareness of best in class tools that business analysts use in their daily work promotes that goal. Bluegrass IIBA Chapter will continue to advance awareness of best in class tools for business analysts to help them advance their careers.

  • Thursday, September 20, 2018 7:00 PM | Community IIBA Bluegrass (Administrator)


    Bluegrass IIBA Chapter is proud to announce the Business Analysis Career Mentoring Program. The announcement of the launch of the new mentoring program came at yesterday's chapter meeting.

    Mentoring has been proven to accelerate personal or professional growth, issue resolution, and coaching on obtaining objectives. It is a communication vehicle and forum that is a one-on-one discussion-based session between a more experienced person and one of less experience, in a similar field or profession. Mentoring works because it affords open communication and information exchange in a non-threatening and private dialog that promotes trust.

    Bluegrass IIBA Chapter is now seeking mentors and mentees for the program. This program is open to anyone in the Bluegrass business analysis community, you do not have to be a member of the chapter. Participants are asked to sign up for an initial three-month or six-month initial commitment. Following this initial period, each participant will decide if they wish to continue in the mentoring relationship.

    Mentor sign-up opened a couple weeks ago and a few mentors are already signed up. Once mentees and mentors have signed up for the program, the Program Director will match each mentee with a mentor. Both mentee and mentor will be informed of the match and assistance will be given to start the relationship. The two participants will then take the relationship from there. They will decide when and how often they will meet to build the relationship and provide the mentoring services.

    The benefits of a mentoring relationship as primarily applicable toward the mentee, and without doubt there is significant value. The iterative nature of mentoring allows for a build-on-foundation approach that the mentee can use to compound learnings. It should be noted however that those who choose to mentor often do so out of a strong desire to help others and give back to the community. Many express their own experiences in the mentoring process as extremely beneficial.

    Please check out the Mentoring Program page on the Bluegrass IIBA Chapter website under the Community tab to read more about the program and to sign up to participate.

    Mentoring Program Page

    For any further questions, please email Mentoring@bluegrass.iiba.org.


  • Tuesday, September 04, 2018 3:30 PM | Marketing IIBA Bluegrass (Administrator)



    Bronson Zell, CBAP

    Chapter Member Since:

    January 2018


    Bronson joined the Bluegrass Chapter of the IIBA in January of 2018.  He wished to increase his working knowledge of business analysis as well as network with other BAs.  The Bluegrass Chapter serves as a great resource for best practices in the field as defined by the BABOK. It is also an excellent conduit for meeting other practitioners.  He then decided to pursue his CBAP (Certified Business Analysis Professional) certification.  He attended a study group which was offered through the Bluegrass Chapter’s Professional Development Program.  He also attended a boot camp which was hosted through the same program. He passed the CBAP Exam on August 10, 2018.

    Bronson graduated from Indiana University where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Finance and another Bachelor of Science in Accounting.  He plans on acquiring his MBA in the near future.  He discovered his love for analysis and process improvement early on in his career when he was a Claims Adjudicator for a large warranty company.  He noticed a group of Claims Payable representatives toiling over the manual entry of Canadian Postal Codes into Excel.  The repetitive keying distracted him from his duties so he developed a macro to automate most of the process.  It quieted everything down and improved productivity so that served as positive reinforcement for his need to figure things out.  As all practitioners know, BAs live to figure things out.  He then served as a Director of Operations in the Payment Processing industry where he discovered his prowess in data analytics and reaffirmed his penchant for process improvement.  He led his team to win numerous awards in productivity.  He also contributed to several projects and helped in the analysis.  He then went on to perform financial analysis as a Finance Contractor for a Fortune 500 payments processor.  He was offered a position as a Business Analyst and worked his way up to Senior Business Analyst for the company.

    Currently he is gainfully employed as a Business Analyst at Republic Bank.

    On his free time, he enjoys spending time with his wife and kids, coaching youth sports, leading Cub Scouts, reading, writing, solving sudoku puzzles, playing basketball, hitting dingers at the batting cages, DIY home improvements, skiing, camping, and eating good food.

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