CHAPTER NEWS

  • Tuesday, May 22, 2018 4:00 PM | Community IIBA Bluegrass (Administrator)

    On May 16, 2018; Bluegrass IIBA Chapter inducted the third class of inductees into the Bluegrass Business Analysis Hall of Fame (#BBAHoF). The Class of 2018 saw two more individuals join the Hall of Fame, bringing its total number of inductees up to seven (7).

    This year LeShai Phelps and Marguerite Stearns join five (5) others as Business Analysis Hall of Famers for the Bluegrass Region.

    LeShai Phelps currently serves as Vice President of Marketing and Communications for Bluegrass IIBA Chapter, and was inducted for Service to the Bluegrass IIBA Chapter. LeShai has been a chapter leader for more than three (3) years; and has been instrumental in opening new marketing channels for the chapter and starting the chapter newsletter the Bluegrass BA Connection.

    Marguerite Stearns is a member of the Bluegrass Chapter, and has delivered countless business analysis educational opportunities across the Bluegrass region. She was inducted for Advancement of the Profession in the Bluegrass. Marguerite served as President of the Louisville IIBA Chapter for six (6) years. She was key in developing that chapter's mentoring program for students of Indiana University - South campus.

    Bluegrass IIBA Chapter congratulates and thanks LeShai and Marguerite for their contributions to the advancement of the business analysis profession in the Bluegrass.


  • Friday, May 04, 2018 9:53 AM | Webmaster IIBA Bluegrass (Administrator)

    Bluegrass IIBA Chapter welcomes TEKsystems as our newest Chapter Sponsor.

    TEKsystems is an Allegis Group company, the largest private talent management firm in the world. Their longstanding history and industry-leading position speak to our success in providing IT staffing solutions and IT services that empower organizations to actualize ROI and sustain a truly competitive advantage in a fast-changing market.

    TEKsystems has locations worldwide with offices in both Louisville and Lexington Kentucky.

    TEKsystems believes businesses are challenged to stay ahead of the latest trends and competitive developments while building a responsive and agile IT capability to support growth. However, since everyone has access to the same tools, technology alone does not offer a competitive advantage. With TEKsystems "Our People Make IT Possible!"

  • Monday, April 30, 2018 7:52 PM | Community IIBA Bluegrass (Administrator)

    The Solarity Group is offering a 20% discount for their upcoming CBAP® Certification Preparation Bootcamp class on July 23 to 27, 2018 in Louisville, KY. The course includes a practice exam session.

    If you wish to fast track your CBAP® certification preparation, check out this event listing for more information.

  • Saturday, April 28, 2018 12:00 PM | Professional Development IIBA Bluegrass (Administrator)
    Congratulations to our own Aaron Whittenberger on obtaining his Certified Scrum Product Owner® (CSPO®) certification from the Scrum Alliance. Aaron said he became interested in the CSPO certification because of so much talk around agile methodologies and how the Business Analyst works in the agile environment over these past few years.

    Scrum, being the most widely used of the agile approaches, was the naturally methodology for Aaron to study when his interest in agile was peaked. Aaron understood the scrum framework at a high level and knew that there is no business analyst on the scrum team. The scrum team is a self-organized, cross-functional team empowered to deliver incrementally improved product through sprints of four weeks or less. There are two additional roles that work directly with the scrum team, the Scrum Master and the Product Owner. Both are there to support the scrum team and make them as productive as possible. So where does the Business Analyst fit in this environment?


    Aaron felt that the business analysis skill set works tremendously well with creating and grooming a product backlog. Understanding business need, clarifying and communicating requirements are skills needed to work with a product backlog. The Product Owner is responsible for the product backlog and therefore need these skills.

    Working on the product backlog is not the only place that business analysis skills are needed. As mentioned earlier, the scrum team is a cross-functional team. All the skills needed to deliver product increments should be present on the team. This includes architecture, business analysis, database management, development and testing skills. What skills are not present on the team must be delivered by shared resources from the organization so that product increments can be delivered. Although there are not titles on the scrum team, and you are not likely to have a team member that does only business analysis. One or more members of the scrum team need to have business analysis skills, but may also provide architecture, testing or development skills.



    Aaron was able to take a two-day Certified Scrum Product Owner training course provided by the Scrum Alliance and hosted by KEP Training in Louisville, Kentucky. The class was taught by Certified Scrum Trainer, Chet Hendrickson, the Founding Father of Agile. This training gave Aaron a greater understanding of the framework, activities, events and artifacts of scrum. He highly recommends any business analyst that wishes to transition to the agile environment to take this training.

    KEP Training is an education provider in Louisville, Kentucky; providing training in agile, cyber security, process management and VMware. CEO, Anna Kepshire says they are looking into providing training for business analysis. KEP Training organizes and hosts the premier Agile conference in Louisville, the Derby City Agile Conference; which will be on June 15th this year.

    Making Louisville an Agile Strong community!
  • Wednesday, March 07, 2018 10:35 AM | Marketing IIBA Bluegrass (Administrator)

       

     

    Judeth Tarter, CBAP

    Chapter Position:

    Vice President of Community Outreach

     

    Judeth has been a member of the Bluegrass IIBA since March 2016.  After becoming a member, she became interested in obtaining her CBAP (Certified Business Analysis Professional) Certification.  She participated in a BABOK (Business Analysis Body of Knowledge) study group, which was offered through our Bluegrass Chapter's Professional Development Program.  She received her certification in August 2016. 

    As VP of Community Outreach for our chapter, Judeth continues to support the growth of business analysis and our chapter throughout the Bluegrass region.  Through her involvement with community events, she was an essential source in our IIBA Chapter Award for 2017, Community Outreach Award.     

    Judeth graduated from Florida Atlantic University with a Bachelors in Electrical Engineering.  After graduation, she began a journey in the telecommunications industry as a Testing Engineer.  For the next 25+ years in IT, Judeth fulfilled many diverse positions including Test, Management, Sales, PLM, and Business Analysis within the Software Development Lifecycle.   

    She is currently a Business Analyst for a consulting company in Lexington, KY.  Her current duties includes providing Software Testing and Quality Managed services to customers.

  • Sunday, January 28, 2018 11:57 AM | Community IIBA Bluegrass (Administrator)

     

    Bluegrass IIBA Chapter is proud to announce the launch of the Kentuckiana IIBA Branch, which will bring IIBA meetings back to Louisville, KY. Kentuckiana Branch will serve the business communities in and around Louisville Kentucky and Southeast Indiana. You may check out what is going on at the Kentuckiana Branch on their website homepage. Kentuckiana will hold its initial meetings at TEKsystems at 700 North Hurstborne Parkway. The initial meeting will be held on Wednesday, February 21, 2018 on the topic of Coaching Skills for Business Analysts during elicitation activities. Any professional interested in business analysis in the Kentuckiana area is welcome to join the networking and educational experience of this and all future events of the Kentuckiana IIBA Branch.

  • Thursday, January 18, 2018 1:19 PM | Marketing IIBA Bluegrass (Administrator)

    Solarity has recently become an Endorsed Education Provider (EEP) with the International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA)®, enabling the local business analysis community to have access to learning events that are aligned with the global standard for business analysis – a Guide to the Business Analysis Body of Knowledge (BABOK® Guide). Additionally, we have scheduled our first authorized CBAP® boot camp, which will be held in late March:

    CBAP® Certification Preparation v3.0 : March 26 – 29

    Additionally, Solarity will offer a 20% enrollment discount to all Bluegrass IIBA chapter members and sponsors.

    Check out Solarity's website for more information and/or to register.

  • Sunday, December 17, 2017 9:00 AM | Marketing IIBA Bluegrass (Administrator)




    Joann Sims, CBAP

    Chapter Position:

    Vice President of Membership


    Joann has been a member of the Bluegrass IIBA Chapter since March 2016. She gained interest in the chapter in 2014 while serving as a Project Manager/Business Analyst for Kentucky State Government. After accepting a position with a company in Lexington in 2015, the Business Analysis Practice Manager encouraged the Business Analysts to secure the CBAP (Certified Business Analysis Professional) certification. She joined the chapter after being recruited by Aaron Whittenberger where she accepted the position of Vice-President of Membership and participated in a BABOK (Business Analysis Body of Knowledge) study group offered by the chapter’s Professional Development Program.  She earned her CBAP certification in September 2016.

    Joann began her career as a Programmer Analyst/Project Leader after earning a degree in Data Processing Technology from the Lexington Technical Institute at the University of Kentucky. She has 20+ years of experience across several business verticals including Healthcare, Insurance, Finance, State Government, Transportation, Technology, Not-For-Profit, and Retail and has served in various roles in

    Information Technology and Digital Transformation over the years including Programmer/Analyst, Systems Analyst, Business Analyst, Data Analyst, Process Analyst, Project Leader, Project Manager, and Strategic Business Consultant.

    Joann is currently serving at a major healthcare organization as a Strategic Business Consultant in their BBAC (Business Analysis Competency Center) enabling RPA (Robotic Process Automation) for increased revenue and decreased costs in Pharmacy and across the enterprise as a whole.

    Joann is happiest partnering with businesses to grow and improve their business analysis discipline, solve problems, and improve processes both operationally and technically at both enterprise and departmental levels. She knows successful business analysis outcomes are a product of gaining an excellent understanding of both the business and technology while truly connecting with the people you’re trying to help and communicating your understanding back to them for validation.  She is a life-long learner and enjoys cross-functional work that offers strategic planning opportunities. Her experience in mainframe, web-based, and vendor systems along with her background in development and analysis give her the edge needed to perform at the enterprise level.

    In her free time, she enjoys serving not-for-profit organizations. In addition to serving on the Board of Directors of the Bluegrass IIBA Chapter as VP of Membership, she partners with the Alzheimer’s Association on fundraising efforts and serves on the Western Kentucky University Mahurin Honors College Parents Advisory Council.  She also enjoys practicing yoga, trying out new recipes in the kitchen, running 5Ks, and hanging out with friends and family, especially her two young adult children.


  • Monday, December 11, 2017 10:14 AM | Marketing IIBA Bluegrass (Administrator)


    The Bluegrass IIBA Chapter would like to thank Sasha Bowlby of Sash & Bow.  She welcomed us into her shop on Walton Ave in Lexington, KY for the second edition of our Small Business Speaker Series, devised by our very own Judeth Tarter, Vice President of Community Outreach.  The series is designed to socialize entrepreneurs and business analysts in the Bluegrass area.  The open discussion helps both professions gain an understanding of how small business owners and analysts have very similar job tasks and accountabilities.   

    Sasha was prepared for Judeth’s interrogation on how she turned her passion for fashion into an actual business.  She discussed how quality analysis, quality control, and attention to detail were some critical business analysis techniques she uses to help keep her business flourishing.  After we ended, Sasha gave us an exclusive tour of her hand-tailored store front and allowed us to do a little shopping.    

    Once again, our Community of Outreach hosted an enlightening event through the Small Business Speakers Series.  Not only did Sasha turn a life-long passion into a suitable business, catering to women in all walks of life.  She has done so by executing many of the same methodologies we use as business analysts.   As an analyst, we analyze the quality of products and services and make modifications where needed.  Sasha finds herself using this one a lot.  We would like to wish Sasha the best!

    Visit Sasha’s website for more information on Sash & Bow

  • Tuesday, December 05, 2017 7:34 AM | Professional Development IIBA Bluegrass (Administrator)
    Announcing the release of the new IIBA Global Business Analysis Core Standard, a companion guide to the BABOK® Guide v3.

     

    The IIBA Global Business Analysis Core Standard is for individuals and organizations interested in accessing the core fundamental practices of business analysis.

     

    It hasn’t always been easy to share a common understanding of business analysis principles and practices within organizations or with other business professionals. With this free release of the Core Standard, IIBA® is taking an important step forward to broadly share commonly accepted best practices with the greater business community.




    The Core Standard covers:

    • Business Analysis Key Concepts - provide a foundation for understanding and applying business analysis
    • Business Analysis Knowledge Areas – focus on specific business analysis expertise

    Distributing the Core Standard
    • IIBA Members will be able to download the 42-page, easy to read reference by logging on to iiba.org with their member profile. 
    • Non-members will be able to sign up to receive a free download of the Core Standard by clicking on the “What’s New” tab on iiba.org or on social media post links as of December 5th

    

                      

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