CHAPTER NEWS

  • Monday, November 28, 2016 9:05 PM | Professional Development IIBA Bluegrass (Administrator)

    ASPE Training offers members and participants of Bluegrass IIBA Chapter unlimited Business Analysis courses for a year for $2,995. 

    Students will have access to all ASPE Business Analysis courses (public in-classroom and live online) training opportunities for one whole year.  There are over 30 courses to choose from, with over 700 scheduled course deliveries.

    Here are the menu options.

    Those interested may contact Mike Mazzarella at ASPE Training, mmazzarella@aspeinc.com.  

     

  • Wednesday, November 02, 2016 3:30 PM | Aaron Whittenberger, CBAP, CSPO (Administrator)

    International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA®) announced winners of the 2016 Chapter Awards Tuesday evening, November 1, 2016; at their Building Business Capability Conference.

    Chapters were recognized for excellence in eight (8) categories.  Chapters demonstrated their excellence in these areas throughout the year.  All 120 chartered chapters were eligible for awards, and more than 60 nominations were received for chapter awards this year. 

    Bluegrass IIBA Chapter in Lexington, KY was once again recognized in the area of Innovation.  Last year, Bluegrass received Honorable Mention for this award; this year Bluegrass won the award.  Innovations like the game "BA Feud", Bluegrass Business Analysis Hall of FameBA Talks video series and the role-play at their August chapter meeting made Bluegrass chapter the obvious choice for the Innovation Award. 

    Bluegrass IIBA Chapter invites the Bluegrass community to come celebrate this award at our annual Winter Networking Social on December 14, 2016.   

     

  • Friday, October 14, 2016 5:00 PM | Aaron Whittenberger, CBAP, CSPO (Administrator)

    International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA®) awards chapters for excellence in many categories annually. Last year Bluegrass IIBA Chapter received Honorable Mention for the Innovation Award. The categories change from year to year but the theme of the awards are in Overall Chapter Performance, Alignment with IIBA Goals and Initiatives, Leadership, Innovation and Community Engagement. There are eight award categories this year and Bluegrass IIBA Chapter is once again nominated for the Innovation Award; and this year we have added a nomination for the Chapter Engagement Award. The Innovation Award is awarded to the chapter that demonstrates the greatest example of innovation. The Chapter Engagement is awarded to the chapter that demonstrates the greatest opportunities to engage chapter members and BA professionals within the community. Bluegrass IIBA Chapter is proud to have one of the most innovative programs of all 120+ chapters worldwide that engages our members and organizational change professionals in the Bluegrass region. Chapter Awards will be announced during the Building Business Capability (BBC) Conference, the official conference of IIBA®, on November 1st. Cheer for our chapter to win both of these awards!

  • Monday, October 03, 2016 10:00 AM | Professional Development IIBA Bluegrass (Administrator)


    International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA®) is pleased to announce the launch of the new IIBA® Certification Program. To meet the growing demands of the global marketplace in the field of business analysis, IIBA has developed this new enhanced, multi-level, competency-based certification program with input from the global business analysis community.  It recognizes BA professional's knowledge and skills, and supports their lifelong BA career progression.  The new program is aligned with A Guide to the Business Analysis Body of Knowledge® (BABOK® Guide) version 3, the industry's leading and essential standard for business analysis.

    Bluegrass IIBA Chapter has resources and learning opportunities to learn the contents of the BABOK® Guide v3, value of the IIBA Certification Program, and prepare to obtain an IIBA Certification.  Check out our Certification page or contact our Director of Certification, Eric-Stephan Neill at Certification@bluegrass.iiba.org.

  • Wednesday, July 27, 2016 4:58 PM | Marketing IIBA Bluegrass (Administrator)

    Bluegrass IIBA Chapter as elected to make changes to their membership dues and meeting attendance fees structure to make things easier for their members and sponsors.  The following changes will take effect on August 1, 2016:                  

    • Membership Dues are increased to $36 per year.  Bluegrass IIBA Chapter has the most innovative program in the IIBA Chapters network.  They have added a lot of specialized events and content for members in the past two years.  To reflect this increased value, the Board of Directors has elected to increase membership dues for the first time in three years.  Keep reading because this increased cost is counteracted by other changes described below.
    • Cutoff time for pre-registration is changed to 24 hours before event.  The main reason that the Chapter requests online registration to their events is to give meeting sponsors a headcount for which to order food for the event.  However, experience has been that many people will register on the day of the event, even within hours of the event.  To help out meeting sponsors the Board has elected to cutoff pre-registration, and the corresponding discount, at 24 hours prior to the event.  As Chapter meetings begin at 6:30 pm on the third Wednesday of the month, preregistration for chapter meetings will cutoff at 6:30 pm on the Tuesday prior to the meeting.
    • Meeting attendance fee structure change.  For those members that register for a chapter meeting more than 24 hours in advance...meetings are now free.  Registering within 24 hours, or at the door, members will pay $10.  College Students remain at $5 for preregistration and within 24 hours of the event.  Guests (Non-members) will pay $10 if they register more than 24 hours prior to the meeting, otherwise Guests will pay $20.

                         

     Registration type

     Pre-Registration

    Within 24 hours 

     Member

    Free 

    $10 

     Student

    $5 

     $5

     Guest

    $10 

     $20

     

    These changes will give members who attend meetings regularly a decreased annual cost of participating in the chapter community.  This should also give more accurate headcounts to meeting sponsors so that they can order food for our event participants more effectively.

  • Sunday, June 26, 2016 2:00 PM | Professional Development IIBA Bluegrass (Administrator)

    IIBA ANNOUNCES EXAM LAUNCH DATE FOR LEVEL 2 AND 3 ENGLISH EXAMS

     

    • New Level 2 and 3 exam launch date - New competency-based exams for Levels 2 and 3 will be available in English at all test centers that offer IIBA certification exams on September 30, 2016.
    • The last date for the current CBAP® and CCBA® exams aligned to v2 of BABOK® Guide will be the end of day on September 22, 2016. 
    • There will be a blackout period, whereby no IIBA exams, will be offered between September 23 and September 29.
    • Recertification timelines - Current CCBA® and CBAP® certified individuals will be automatically grandfathered to Level 2 and Level 3 respectively and you are not required to take the new exams. You will be required to recertify as per the current process prior to September 30 and a revised recertification process will be communicated after September 30.

    CURRENT CERTIFICATION PROGRAM NEWS

    • Changes taking place to Japanese and German exams - As of end of day September 22, 2016, Japanese CCBA® and CBAP® exams and German CBAP® exam, currently aligned to v2 of the BABOK® Guide, will no longer be available. We will work with the representatives and Chapters of the Japanese and German BA community to determine the next steps for translating the new Level 2 and 3 exams and we will communicate next steps over the coming months. 
    • Current applicants - If you applied and were approved to take the current exams, you will be able to take the new exams without having to reapply through the new online application. Important: Please remember the date you are registered to take the exam to ensure you prepare for the correct version of the exam!
    • IIBA will waive the 3-month wait period for current exams - Effective immediately, IIBA is waiving the 3-month wait requirement for those who have not passed the exam aligned to BABOK® Guide v2.  This will allow you take the exam twice, if needed, by the end of day on September 22.
    • More spots added to test centers - Additional test spots will be available over the next few months at Prometric test centers that offer IIBA certification exams to meet the increased demand for those planning on taking the current exams. Spots are filled on a first come, first served basis. Register now!

    LEVEL 2 AND 3 EXAM BLUEPRINT AVAILABLE

    • The exam blueprint will support Endorsed Education Providers (EEP) and Chapters in developing courses/programs and exam preparation courses that support the development of individuals at Level 2 and Level 3. Get more information on the blueprints.

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  • Friday, May 27, 2016 11:50 AM | Marketing IIBA Bluegrass (Administrator)

    The Bluegrass Chapter of IIBA is please to announce the first two inductees into the Bluegrass Business Analysis Hall of Fame, Daryl Keltz and Aaron Whittenberger. The purpose of the Hall of Fame awards are to recognize those individuals within the community that have made significant individual contribution to the business analysis profession within the Bluegrass Region of Central Kentucky. Nominations for the awards were accepted from the community in 3 categories: Service to the Bluegrass IIBA Chapter, Advancement of the Profession in the Bluegrass, and Service to an Organization within the Bluegrass. Two of the three categories did not require membership or affiliation with the Bluegrass IIBA Chapter. Please help us congratulate our 2016 inductees. 

     

    Inductee:  Daryl Keltz, PMP 

    Category:  Service to Bluegrass IIBA Chapter

    Daryl provided great energy and leadership during the formation of the Bluegrass Chapter.  He became an inaugural member of the Bluegrass IIBA Chapter and a member of its Board of Directors, as the Vice President of Marketing and Communications in August 2013.  Over the next two years, Daryl worked tirelessly to increase the reach of the Chapter by increasing its marketing channels and reaching out to the community to ensure that the Bluegrass IIBA Chapter’s name became widely known in the community.

    Daryl was responsible for publishing the chapter events and other chapter news in the local newspapers.  He initiated the chapter’s use of social media by establishing accounts with LinkedIn and Twitter.  Daryl went beyond his Marketing and Communications duties by seeking out tasks that needed to be accomplished and took it upon himself to accomplish them.  He created the first-time and attendee feedback surveys that are now distributed at each chapter event.  This allows the chapter leadership to gain feedback on its programs from the participants so that future events will be more valuable.  He ensured two-way communication and sharing of promotional material between the IIBA and PMI chapters in Lexington.  He also reached out to the local chapter of internal auditors (CKIIA) to open communication and sharing channels.

    Daryl was a tremendous asset during the development of the chapter.  He was instrumental in helping it grow in reach, membership, and a strong professional development program.  Congratulation Daryl!  Thank you for all of your hard work.

    Inductee:  Aaron Whittenberger, CBAP

    Category:  Advancement of the Profession in the Bluegrass

    In the summer of 2013 Aaron reached out to several members of the Lexington business analysis community to gauge their interest in having a local IIBA chapter.  Receiving over 70 affirmative responses he organized a meeting with those interested.  Over the next several months, he orchestrated the building of the leadership team, beginning of the professional development program, and the development of infrastructure and support services for the newly formed chapter.  His passion for business analysis and the IIBA was quickly recognized by the chapter leadership and he was elected the first President of the Chapter.

    Aaron was the first of the chapter leaders to represent the chapter when participating in the ITT Technical Institute Program Advisory Committee (PAC).  Along with helping ITT Technical Institute develop their curriculum, this helped get the chapter’s name out to the community.  He helped the chapter leaders to design and develop a membership and marketing brochure, which the chapter uses to reach organizations within the community to get them involved in the chapter’s programs.  Alongside chapter leadership, Aaron helped to organize a CIO Panel discussion to give the community opportunity to interact with and get the perspective from business executives in the community.  This event was used to award the chapter’s strongest corporate supporter, Tempur-Sealy.  It also helped get Toyota and UK Healthcare involved with the chapter.  Aaron helped organize a BABOK v3 Virtual Study Group hosted by the Bluegrass IIBA Chapter.  Through his marketing, this study group included participation from individuals in the Bluegrass region, Cincinnati, OH, Burlington, VT, and Nashville, TN.

    Aaron continuously brings in regional and national speakers to ensure a strong professional development program for the Bluegrass business analysis community.  Aaron led the chapter leadership to develop a Professional Development Workshop in August 2015 as a half-day business analyst training opportunity.  Aaron has recently reached out to SQS-USA (Galmont Consulting) and TEKsystems to get more involved in the Bluegrass IIBA Chapter program by participating in a Recruiters and Consulting Firm panel discussion. 

    Aaron helped launch the Bluegrass IIBA Chapter to provide networking and educational opportunities for business analysis professionals of the Bluegrass region.  He wished to raise awareness of the value that Business Analysts bring to organizations, raise awareness of business analysis as a profession, and increase the level of business analysis service delivered to organizations of the Bluegrass.  He has triumphantly done so and left the Bluegrass with a flourishing chapter.  Congratulations Aaron!  Thank you for all of diligent leadership. 

  • Monday, April 11, 2016 8:34 AM | Marketing IIBA Bluegrass (Administrator)

    Bluegrass IIBA Chapter; Lexington, KY partners with J. Ross Publishing; Plantation, FL, to bring new benefits to members of the Chapter.  J. Ross Publishing will provide Bluegrass IIBA members a 20% discount on any book that they publish.  Members can log into the members-only section of the Bluegrass IIBA website (http://bluegrass.iiba.org) to see what titles are available and receive the discount code to use when purchasing books to get the 20% discount.  This membership benefit is also extended to the Green Mountain Branch members in and around Burlington, VT.

    J. Ross Publishing has published many titles over the years on Business Analysis, Innovation & Product Management, Corporate Strategy, IT & Software, Operations Management and Project Management topics; including Seven Steps to Mastering Business Analysis by Barbara Carkenord. You can also find titles on Agile development on the J. Ross Publishing website (http://www.jrosspub.com).

    J. Ross Publishing will also provide books to the Chapter to be used as giveaways and raffles during chapter events. “This is a great benefit to our members, as J. Ross Publishing has agreed to a long term relationship with us; so this isn’t going to be a one year or shorter benefit”, says Aaron Whittenberger, President of the Bluegrass IIBA Chapter. Steve Buda of J. Ross Publishing added “We’re excited to bring this opportunity to Bluegrass IIBA Chapter as a way to promote our books and services in the area.  We don’t ask for any commitment from the Chapter but to promote this benefit to their members.  We really see this as a win-win opportunity.”

    Bluegrass IIBA members can log into the members-only section of the Bluegrass IIBA website to see the great titles J. Ross Publishing has published and get the discount code to use when purchasing.  Happy reading to all!

     

  • Thursday, March 24, 2016 1:52 PM | Marketing IIBA Bluegrass (Administrator)

    Bluegrass IIBA Chapter has partnered with Business Analysis Knowledge Academy of New Albany, Indiana to offer a series of professional development workshops to its members and the members of the Bluegrass business analysis community.  These workshops will give a participant a look at the full role of the business analyst within the context of the project.  However, each workshop will stand on its own; so a person may attend only the workshops in which they wish to learn more, or they may attend the full series of workshops to get the full look at the IT Business Analyst role.

    Topics covered by these workshops include, but not limed to, requirements discovery and specification, business rules, business analysis planning, use cases, process modeling, data modeling and requirements reviews.

    Bluegrass IIBA Chapter intends to offer these workshops at a rate of two or three half-day workshops per year.  Aaron Whittenberger, CBAP, President of Bluegrass IIBA Chapter stated “this is a unique training opportunity for our members and participants to learn the full role of the business analyst and raise their level of service they provide to their organization.”  This method of delivery will allow practitioners to learn a particular topic or technique, put that into practice and grow that competency; then come back to learn more.  Consider this “chunk learning”; learn a chunk of knowledge, put it into practice and then come back to learn more.  Delivering two to three workshops per year should give ample opportunity to put new learnings into practice before learning another topic.

    Marguerite Sterns, CSM, Founder and Principle at Business Analysis Knowledge Academy says there are currently ten workshops in the series, with two of the topics so full of content they take double the time amount of their regular two-hour workshop.  They also have two other topics under development that may be added to the series.  The series may grow even larger before all is said and done.  Louisville IIBA Chapter has expressed interest in the workshop series and Business Analysis Knowledge Academy intends to make the series available to other IIBA chapters in the region.

    Please visit the Bluegrass IIBA Chapter website (http://bluegrass.iiba.org) to see the first workshop in the series being offered on Friday, May 13, 2016.  Subscribe to their email list to receive future announcements for notification of the following workshops.  If you have any questions concerning these workshops or the Bluegrass IIBA Chapter, please email Professional@bluegrass.iiba.org.

  • Tuesday, January 12, 2016 4:54 PM | Marketing IIBA Bluegrass (Administrator)

     

    In November 2015 at the Building Business Capability Conference in Las Vegas, Stephen Ashworth, President and CEO of International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA®), announced to their Corporate Members that IIBA will increase their focus for the future on the enterprise-wide practice.  As part of this announcement, IIBA announced the upcoming 2016 release of the Enterprise Business Analysis Core Competency (EBACC) Assessment Framework to assist businesses assess and increase the effectiveness of their enterprise-wide business analysis practice.

     

    “With the recent IIBA announcement on their increased focus on the enterprise-wide practice we expect to see a resurgence of BACoEs within companies and we wish to help organizations in the Bluegrass take advantage of the value that a BACoE can bring to the enterprise.” says Aaron Whittenberger, President of the Bluegrass IIBA Chapter.  Business Analysis Center of Excellence (BACoE) and Business Analysis Community of Practice (BACoP) help organization standardize the level of business analysis services across the enterprise.  They also increase the level of business analysis service delivered to the enterprise by teaching the full role of business analysis to the business analysis practitioners within the organization.  By providing professional development, using internal and external resources, to the business analysts within the organization and standardizing business analysis processes and procedures a BACoE or BACoP increases the level of business analysis services delivered to the enterprise.

     

    John Batts, Vice President of Community Outreach for Bluegrass IIBA Chapter, was instrumental in helping Xerox to become an IIBA Corporate Member within the last year.  John is a Technical Requirements Analyst at Xerox and worked with his management to demonstrate the value of IIBA Corporate Membership to Xerox.  Xerox has a BACoE headquartered in Rochester, NY. “We have many resources that can help organizations implement and mature a BACoP or BACoE within their organization” says John Batts.  John continues “we will gather together organizations that have a BACoP and those that wish to implement one to have discussions on starting and maturing a BACoP”.

     

    Bluegrass IIBA Chapter is now looking for businesses in the Bluegrass region--whether they are for profit, not-for-profit or government agency—who have or are interested in a Business Analysis Center of Excellence (BACoE) or Business Analysis Community of Practice (BACoP).  “Once we find the organizations interested in a BACoP, we will hold roundtable discussions with these organizations so they can learn from the companies that have a mature BACoP and introduce them to additional resources to mature their BACoP” says John Batts.  Aaron Whittenberger added “Once IIBA releases the EBACC framework, we will evaluate it and add that to the resources we already have for BACoEs”.

     

    So if you are interested in standardizing and raising the level of business analysis service within your enterprise, contact John Batts at Community@bluegrass.iiba.orgto discuss your interest in the roundtable discussions on BACoE/BACoP.

    

                      

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