IIBA® Certification Mentoring Social Event
This dinner social event brings together the Chapter’s IIBA Certification recipients and those wishing to obtain their IIBA Certification. Attendees will enjoy dinner and networking with IIBA Certified individuals and IIBA Certification aspirants. Bluegrass IIBA Chapter is dedicated to assisting those seeking IIBA Certification, and invite everyone from those that are thinking about it to those who are approved and waiting to sit for the certification exam. No matter where you are in that journey you may come and get one-on-one or group mentoring; whichever you wish to get all your questions answered. The purpose of this meeting is three-fold:
We ask for registration to make sure we have enough room. Attendees will order off the menu and pay for their own dinner. You need not stay the entire time; come when you can, stay as long as you like.
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Topic: IIBA® Certification Screen-side Chat
This is a free online chat session with one of our IIBA® Certification recipients. Often times the CCBA® credential gets lost in all the hype of its big brother the CBAP®. So this month we will give information on the CCBA exam and experience. We will discuss all certification levels, but this month we have a CCBA mentor that will give their perspective and their journey to become IIBA® Certified, as well as provide tips & tricks on anything related to IIBA Certification from the application process to re-certification. Anyone interested in ECBA™, CCBA® or CBAP® certification is welcome to come and ask questions of our CCBA mentor.
Presented by: Andrew Lytle, CCBA
Andrew Lytle, CCBA 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 specializing in data analytics, SQL report writing, technical analysis, business process improvement, supporting QA / UA testing efforts among other skills and techniques.
Andrew is the newest Certification of Capability in Business Analysis™ (CCBA®) holder in the Bluegrass IIBA Chapter. Having recently passed the CCBA exam, he can provide very current information on the application process, exam and overall experience.
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 community as Bluegrass IIBA Chapter Recognition Program Director. You can often find him at chapter meetings in Lexington or on LinkedIn.
Topic: Utilizing Decision Modeling for Effective Communication in a Project
When is communication too much? I suspect that most, if not all, business analysts have been involved in projects or initiatives where the communication plan is “Copy everyone”. Other times, a decision or requirement is omitted because a key stakeholder was missed; or even worse, the right audience was contacted, but through the wrong method.
We communicate to achieve shared understanding. We understand communication—its goals, techniques, and desired outcomes. But can we communicate better? Darrell will share proven techniques to improve communication in a project setting.
With the BABOK v3, a new competency was added: Decision Modeling. Every business analyst can improve communication among their stakeholders, as well as support the Stakeholder Management Plan and Project Manager’s Communication Plan. This can be achieved by developing a Decision Model to ensure the right balance between too much and too little communication. Some general guidelines include:
Be as brief as possible, but as detailed as necessary
6:00 pm - 6:20 pm - Networking and Refreshments
6:20 pm - 6:30 pm - Chapter News
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm - Program
Presented by: Darrell Zuercher, CBAP, PMP, CSM, SSM, Business Analyst at Tata Consultancy Services
An Atlanta native, Darrell grew up in the deep South, graduating from college and graduate school. Between those two accomplishments, he fled to the Pacific Northwest. He began his IT career in a college library, before moving on to home improvement stores, income tax preparation, journalism, electric utilities, and logistics. Through it all, he has focused on communication: data entry, technical writing, Scrum Master, and business analysis.
A life-long learner, Darrell has worked to improve his skills throughout his career. As a result, he has obtained the Certified Business Analysis Professional (CBAP), Project Management Professional (PMP), Certified Scrum Master (CSM [Scrum Alliance]), and SAFe Scrum Master (SSM [Scaled Agile Academy]).
When not working, Darrell enjoys writing, sports, concerts, collecting stamps, role-playing games, and antiques shopping. These activities have also added depth to his career, teaching him to identify relationships, see from different perspectives, value teamwork, and notice details.
Darrell and his wife, Kelley, have been married for eight years and have recently moved to Louisville from Chattanooga, Tennessee.
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Darrell and his wife, Kelley, have been married for eight years and have recently moved to Louisville from Chattanooga, Tennessee.
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Topic: IIBA® "Re"-Certification Screen-side Chat
This is a free online chat session with one of our CBAP® recipients. The CBAP mentor will tell you of their journey to become IIBA® Certified, provide tips & tricks on anything related to IIBA Certification from the application process to re-certification.
We have a few chapter members that will re-certify their IIBA certification for the first time this year. So we will take this month to talk about the recertification requirements and process. We will also talk about becoming certified; studying, the exam, and the process.
Anyone interested in ECBA™, CCBA® or CBAP® certification is welcome to come and ask questions of our CBAP mentor.
Presented by: Aaron Whittenberger, CBAP. CSPO
Aaron Whittenberger, CBAP, CSPO is an Enterprise Business Analysis and a leader in the Business Analysis Center of Excellence (BACoE) at Cincinnati Insurance Companies, where he is currently working with other business analysis leaders to develop Standards of practice and redesigning their Knowledge Center for the community of 80 business analysts.
Aaron is also Co-Founder, COO and an Instructor at Business Analysis Knowledge Academy (BA Knowledge Academy), and the Founding President of the Bluegrass IIBA Chapter. He also serves as Regional Director of the Americas Eastern Region for IIBA®.
Aaron is a 2016 Inductee into the Bluegrass Business Analysis Hall of Fame. He is a champion for the IIBA®, business analysis as a profession and the recognition of its practitioners. He is an avid Business Analyst, Blogger, Mentor, Trainer and Presenter. Aaron is a frequent speaker at IIBA® and corporate meetings and conferences in the region. He has over 30 years of Business and IT experience including 17 years of Business Analysis and 15 years of consulting experience; and earned his Certified Business Analysis Professional™ (CBAP®) certification in 2008. He has recertified his CBAP certification three times.
Aaron lives in Northern Kentucky and has four sons. In his family life, Aaron enjoys spending time with family, and a good round of golf; we’ll see if he ever has one. You may connect with Aaron on LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/aaronwhittenberger or Twitter: @TheWittyBA.
The Bluegrass IIBA Chapter will host a panel discussion of Recruiters and Hiring Managers to discuss skills business analysts should be developing at different points throughout their career. Whether you are just entering the field straight out of college, a mid-career professional transitioning into a business analysis role, or a seasoned business analyst this is your opportunity to ask questions to the panelists and find out what they look for in business analyst candidates and the current business analysis marketplace.
Whether you are currently in the market to change jobs, a student that will soon be looking for your first job, a business analyst manager who wants to confirm your alignment with current hiring practices, or just want to investigate the current conditions of the marketplace this session is your opportunity to hear directly from those who actively participate in, and make the decisions, in hiring business analysts. Recruiters and hiring managers from prominent companies in the Bluegrass Region will discuss their perspectives on effective strategies to transition within, or into, the business analysis marketplace. These recruiters and hiring managers will take questions from the audience, so come learn what skills, experience and competencies you need to bring to the marketplace to be considered a top candidate and achieve your goals. This will be a very informative session to find out about the local business analysis marketplace.
This is a free online chat session with one of our CBAP® recipients. The CBAP mentor will tell you of their journey to become IIBA® Certified, provide tips & tricks on anything related to IIBA Certification from the application process to re-certification. Anyone interested in ECBA™, CCBA® or CBAP® certification is welcome to come and ask questions of our CBAP mentor.
Presented by: Bill Phillips, CBAP
Topic: Role the BA plays on a Successful Agile team
Explore the integral role the business analyst plays in the success of Agile teams.
This highly interactive presentation will explore the integral role the business analyst plays in the success of Agile teams.
Presented by: Dan Causing, CBAP, CSM
Dan Clausing, CBAP, CSM, is an Agile and Lean Transformation Coach at a Fortune 100 company. He has spent over 20 years working to bring business and IT together for a common goal - the success of the customer. His career has ranged from corporate team builder to leading analysis efforts on multi-million dollar software development programs. Prior to his present role Dan spent over 5 years with traditionally waterfall teams as they transformed into Agile teams. For the past several years Dan has been an Agile and Lean Transformation coach leading efforts to optimize processes throughout the software development organization. In addition to this work, Dan serves as the Vice President of Marketing and Communication for the IIBA Central Ohio Chapter.
Explore the integral role the business analyst plays in the success of Agile teams. This highly interactive presentation will explore the integral role the business analyst plays in the success of Agile teams.
Annual General Meeting and Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
The Bluegrass IIBA Chapter will host its Annual General Meeting (AGM) and induct the fourth class of professionals into the Bluegrass Business Analysis Hall of Fame (BBAHoF). The AGM will look at what the Chapter has accomplished in the past year in relation to its strategic plan, its community outreach efforts, relationships it has built and inform participants of the strategic plan for the coming year. There are transformational changes happening in the global business analysis community, we will look at how the Bluegrass IIBA Chapter will bring those changes to the Bluegrass business analysis community.
The Bluegrass Business Analysis Hall of Fame recognizes those from the community that have made a significant individual contribution to the advancement of business analysis as a profession within the Bluegrass region. Nominations were made from the community knowing that inductees do not have to have an affiliation with the Bluegrass IIBA Chapter or IIBA; they just must to have made a personal contribution to the advancement and awareness of the value of business analysis here within the Bluegrass region. We will induct our fourth class of inductees for this prestigious recognition of individual effort.
Presented by: Bluegrass IIBA Chapter Board of Directors
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BABOK® v3 Virtual Study Group
This summer, Bluegrass IIBA Chapter will once again host a virtual BABOK® v3 Study Group for those individuals interested in IIBA® certification or learning the BABOK® Guide to better their career. This study group is open to USA residents only.
Bluegrass IIBA Chapter will run the study group for 12 sessions on Thursday evenings through the summer. This study group will provide 30 Professional Development (PD) Hours for those students seeking certification, and provide a practice test opportunity for all students. Students will be provided with course material, including a BABOK v3 Study Guide.
This study group will be facilitated by Director of Certification Eric Neill, PMP, CSCP, Vice President of Professional Development Aaron Whittenberger, CBAP, CSPO and other CBAP Recipients from the Chapter Leadership.
If you have any questions concerning this study group, please email Aaron at Professional@bluegrass.iiba.org.
30 PD Hours | 30 CDUs
This workshop is registered with IIBA and qualifies for 30 Professional Development (PD) Hours toward IIBA® certification and 30 Continuing Development Units (CDU) toward retaining your existing IIBA® certification.
Eric Neill, PMP, CSCP
Director of Certification
Aaron Whittenberger, CBAP, CSPO
Vice President of Professional Development
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