CHAPTER NEWS

  • Monday, March 06, 2017 8:30 PM | Sponsorship IIBA Bluegrass (Administrator)

    Bluegrass IIBA Chapter welcomes Justinmind as our newest chapter sponsor.

    Established in 2014 in San Francisco, CA; Justinmind offers tools that can vastly improve your project requirements lifecycle.  The tools can be used for any type of project methodology, but have unique advantages that provide extreme value to Agile processes.

    The prototyping tools allow analysts, designers, and other stakeholders to easily create, share, and modify wireframes and mockups for various products, such as websites, mobile apps, and wearables (think Fitbit and Google Glass.) The WOW factor comes when the wireframes and mockups are then turned into interactive prototypes, which can then be shared with/demoed to the stakeholders.

    Justinmind offers a 30 day trial download of their Prototyper for PC/MAC. Justinmind Prototyper app comes with a 3 minute training for beginners, plus an option to learn more and become an expert. Justinmind also provides a user community, where users of the Prototyper can ask questions and get answers. The community is monitored by Justinmind tech support, so that real issues get fixed quickly.

    Justinmind helps in collaboration by offering integration with Team Foundation Server (TFS), JIRA, and Doors, as well as secure enterprise collaboration and requirements management tools.

    Visit Justinmind.com, where you can take a tour, ask questions, download the app, read the blog, and share your own experiences.

    To introduce the Justinmind prototyping tool to our community, Bluegrass IIBA Chapter will host a webinar on Thursday, April 27, 2017 at noon ET.  We will highlight the many advanced features of Justinmind Prototyper so you can determine how to put it to use for you and your organization.



  • Friday, March 03, 2017 8:57 PM | Marketing IIBA Bluegrass (Administrator)

    While working as a client, I needed to understand and document our internal business processes in order to effectively communicate with outside ERP consultants.  I would spend a lot of time with different personnel throughout the organization trying to understand their processes.  This included a lot of asking “Why?” in order to truly understand what the business needed.  I would then write up flow charts in Visio detailing the business process.  I found these to be much more effective than long text documents as people could much more easily follow the flow.

    After a couple years of this, I switched to the opposite side of the same coin.  I am now on the consultant side working with businesses.  The toolset is exactly the same and there is still a lot of asking “Why?”.  The only difference is that my area of expertise has shifted from trying to completely understand a single business to understanding a piece of ERP software.  I have to work with internal business analyst to help understand their business as quickly as possible.  The object is to seamlessly blend the software with the business processes. 

    As a closing note I would say, after working with many different businesses on both sides, most companies overestimate their complexities and differentiation.  It’s just that most companies are mostly the same with mostly the same processes. 

    Written by:  Will Lavery of eBECS , Atlanta, GA

  • Wednesday, February 01, 2017 9:58 AM | Marketing IIBA Bluegrass (Administrator)

    The Bluegrass IIBA Chapter would like to thank Jim and Bev Taylor of Cork & Barrel for hosting an excellent kick-off to our new Small Business Speaker Series, masterminded by our very own Judeth Tarter, Vice President of Community Outreach.  Ideally, the series will help small business owners in the Bluegrass area, like Jim and Bev, understand the similarities of being an entrepreneur and the career of business analysis.   

    Judeth did an excellent job of preparing questions related to business analysis, quality analysis, quality control, and other questions that identified what techniques The Taylors are currently using, as well as past practices, to successfully operate a small business in this area.  While Judeth interrogated (I mean questioned-lol) our panelists, we were able to partake and analyze their products (wines, cheeses, and crackers).

    Overall, we all walked away with an understanding that, like Business Analysts, small business owners wear many hats.  We analyze the business for strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats (SWOT).  We analyze quality of our products and services and make modifications where needed.  We prove out our solution(s), which can mean in a Test environment, or in real life. 

    Click here to view pictures from the event.

    Visit Jim and Bev’s website for more information on Cork & Barrel     

     

  • Monday, December 19, 2016 5:42 PM | Community IIBA Bluegrass (Administrator)


    SQS Rural​ USA is located in Lexington Kentucky​, the heart of the bluegrass! We tailor our delivery model to meet clients’ unique requirements through a portfolio of options including onsite, near-shore, off- shore and managed services. With Business Analysts, testing and solutions centers around the globe, our hybrid approach combines a local team with the most optimal of these delivery methods. SQS Rural USA maintains a business analysis practice in Lexington. 

    With the IIBA® certification program changeover coming in September 2016, SQS Rural USA approached Bluegrass IIBA Chapter for help to get their business analysts certified before the changeover.  Bluegrass IIBA Chapter provided a CBAP® Study Group during the summer of 2016 in which seven of the SQS business analysts participated.  Five of those business analysts are now CBAP® certified, including the practice lead, Cody May.  Congratulations also to Bill Phillips, Richard Power, Joann Sims and Judeth Tarter on their accomplishment.

    SQS USA's integrated and controlled services are precisely fitted; providing significant advantages in terms of costs, speed and performance.  SQS Rural USA and SQS USA, Inc. are subsidiaries of SQS.  SQS USA, Inc. is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois.

    SQS is the world's leading specialist in software quality, providing end-to-end business process quality assurance for software-based systems. SQS consultants identify and mitigate business risk in technology-led transformations utilizing standardized methodology, industrialized automation solutions, global delivery and deep domain knowledge across multiple industries. Through its specialization, the company provides the objectivity which delivers certainty.

    SQS, headquartered in Cologne, Germany, now employs approximately 4,600 staff. SQS has offices in Germany, the UK, Australia, Egypt, Finland, France, India, Ireland, Italy, Malaysia, the Netherlands, Norway, Austria, Singapore, Sweden, Switzerland, South Africa, the UAE and the US. In addition, SQS maintains a minority stake in a company in Portugal.

  • Monday, December 19, 2016 5:26 PM | Finance IIBA Bluegrass (Administrator)

     

    Aaron Whittenberger, CBAP

    Chapter Positions:

    Vice President of Professional Development

    Director of Technology

    Previous Chapter Positions:

    President

     

    Aaron Whittenberger is a frequent speaker at IIBA® and corporate meetings and conferences in the region.  He is an avid promoter of IIBA®, Bluegrass IIBA Chapter, business analysis as a profession and the recognition of its practitioners.

    Aaron graduated from Wright State University with two Bachelor degrees.  He began his career at Dayton Freight Lines as a Corporate Accountant.  After two years in Accounting, the CFO noticed that Aaron liked working with the computers so when the company decided to go to the IBM midrange computer he asked Aaron to head up the project.  Aaron spent the next three years bringing in and learning the new midrange computer system, bringing in and learning a new freight software package, writing the training manual, and traveling to the eight freight terminals to install computers and train their people on the new system.  After getting the company up on the new software package, Aaron learned programming so he could make changes to the software that the company wanted. 

    After going to a couple more companies, Aaron received a phone call that offered a hefty pay raise to come to Northern Kentucky and become a consultant.  After 18 months at his first client he called the consulting firm to inform them that his contract was coming to an end.  That is when he found out they were actually an Engineering firm who was trying Information Technology, and was no longer interested in IT.  So he found his next client and became an independent consultant. 

    In 2008, Aaron learned that he was going to have an opportunity to attend a business analyst boot camp training session.  So he researched what a business analyst is and what they do.  He realized, he has done all this stuff in his career, he has just never held the job title “Business Analyst”.  This ignited a passion in him and he knew he found his calling.  Later that year he obtained his Certified Business Analysis Professional® (CBAP®) designation.

    During five years on the Cincinnati IIBA Chapter Board of Directors, Aaron volunteered to help his friend from Louisville as Deputy Regional Director for IIBA’s Americas Eastern Region.  One month later, his friend stepped down as Regional Director raising Aaron to that position.

    Realizing the 62nd largest city in the United States – that was in his back yard – didn’t have an IIBA chapter, Aaron reached out through social media to business analysts in and around Lexington to gauge their interest in having an IIBA chapter.  Finding a group of interested folks, he worked with them to organize, start and charter the Bluegrass IIBA Chapter.  The group made Aaron the first President of the Chapter. 

    Aaron lives in Independence, Kentucky.  He has four sons that live in the area.  He often plays golf with one son and his dad.  He recently retired from umpiring high school baseball and a couple of years ago played his first ever game of cricket with co-workers. 

    Come join Aaron on the greatest adventure of his life…the Bluegrass IIBA Chapter.
  • 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.

    

                      

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