CHAPTER EVENTS

    

                      

Upcoming events

    • Wednesday, June 13, 2018
    • Wednesday, August 29, 2018
    • 12 sessions
    • Virtual, online
    • 9

         

    BABOK® v3 Study Group 

    Are you interested in ECBA, CCBA® or CBAP® certification, or just would like to learn more about the content of A Guide to the Business Analysis Body of Knowledge® (BABOK® Guide) version 3.    

    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.

    Bluegrass IIBA Chapter will run the study group for about 12 sessions on Wednesday 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 Eric at Certification@bluegrass.iiba.org or 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.  

    Target Audience:

    • Project Business Analysts
    • Enterprise Business Analysts
    • Business Systems Analysts
    • Requirements Engineers
    • Business and Solution Architects
    • Business Relationship Managers
    • Project Managers
    • Managers of Business Analysts            

     

    Level:

    • Novice
    • Intermediate 
    • Experienced
    • Business Analyst Manager       

     

    Presented by: 

        

    Facilitated by: 

     

    Eric Neill, PMP, CSCP

    Director of Certification

    Certification@bluegrass.iiba.org

     

     

    Aaron Whittenberger, CBAP, CSPO

    Vice President of Professional Development

    Professional@bluegrass.iiba.org 

           

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    • Wednesday, August 22, 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Tempur + Sealy, 1000 Tempur Way, Lexington, KY 40511
    Register

    Topic: The Art of Eliciting Requirements

    Have you ever gathered Easter eggs?  If only requirements were lying around waiting for us to collect them up in our BA Basket.  But requirements – current state, future state, gaps – are not static.  They live in people’s minds and even their arm muscle memory.  There are tools and techniques that business analysts use to draw the information out of people; such as reflective listening, continuous questions, the five Whys, and planning-planning-planning.  In this workshop you will learn and practice some of these techniques to make you a better questioner.  As Business Analysts we are working to Be Curious!

     

    In this session participants will:

    • Learn effective elicitation techniques for BAs
    • Practice basic and tailored questions for stakeholders
    • Mirror information and listen actively to elicit information from stakeholders  

     

    Target Audience:

    • Project Business Analysts
    • Enterprise Business Analysts
    • Business Systems Analysts
    • Requirements Engineers
    • Business and Solution Architects
    • Business Relationship Managers
    • Project Managers
    • Managers of Business Analysts
    • IT Managers
    • BACoE and PMO Directors

     

    Level:

    • Novice
    • Intermediate 
    • Experienced              

       

         

    Schedule:

          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: Tomette Kirk, CBAP, Manager , Humana IT Business Analysis Competency Center

    Tomette J. Kirk was the first Certified Business Analysis Professional™ (CBAP®) in the Greater Milwaukee Area, which she earned in July 2009. She has an exceptional blend of interpersonal, facilitation, and industry-standard Business Analysis skills.

    Tomette is the author and facilitator of a BABOK-based Business Analysis Boot Camp and other BABOK-based educational workshops that are the foundation for her company's IT Business Analysis Competency Center and the Business Analysis Community of Practice. She has presented at the Southeast WI IIBA Chapter meetings, Milwaukee SPIN, and Project Management/BA World. 

    Tomette has held the positions of President, Vice President of Education and Vice President of Certification of the Southeast WI IIBA Chapter. She holds degrees from TCU and Vanderbilt.  She works from her home in Akron, Ohio.

    Tomette will be presenting from Louisville. 

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    We encourage pre-registration for our events so our meeting sponsors know how much food to provide for us:

    Registration type

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    Member

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    $10

    Annual Pass

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    Student

    $5

    $5

    Guest

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    • Wednesday, August 22, 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    • TEKsystems, 700 N Hurstbourne Parkway, Louisville, KY 40222
    • 18
    Register


    Topic: The Art of Eliciting Requirements

    Have you ever gathered Easter eggs?  If only requirements were lying around waiting for us to collect them up in our BA Basket.  But requirements – current state, future state, gaps – are not static.  They live in people’s minds and even their arm muscle memory.  There are tools and techniques that business analysts use to draw the information out of people; such as reflective listening, continuous questions, the five Whys, and planning-planning-planning.  In this workshop you will learn and practice some of these techniques to make you a better questioner.  As Business Analysts we are working to Be Curious!

    In this session participants will:   
    • Learn effective elicitation techniques for BAs
    • Practice basic and tailored questions for stakeholders
    • Mirror information and listen actively to elicit information from stakeholders  

     

    Target Audience:

    • Project Business Analysts
    • Enterprise Business Analysts
    • Business Systems Analysts
    • Requirements Engineers
    • Business and Solution Architects
    • Business Relationship Managers
    • Project Managers
    • Managers of Business Analysts
    • IT Managers
    • BACoE and PMO Directors

     

    Level:

    • Novice
    • Intermediate 
    • Experienced              

       

         

    Schedule:

          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: Tomette Kirk, CBAP, Manager , Humana IT Business Analysis Competency Center

    Tomette J. Kirk was the first Certified Business Analysis Professional™ (CBAP®) in the Greater Milwaukee Area, which she earned in July 2009. She has an exceptional blend of interpersonal, facilitation, and industry-standard Business Analysis skills.

    Tomette is the author and facilitator of a BABOK-based Business Analysis Boot Camp and other BABOK-based educational workshops that are the foundation for her company's IT Business Analysis Competency Center and the Business Analysis Community of Practice. She has presented at the Southeast WI IIBA Chapter meetings, Milwaukee SPIN, and Project Management/BA World. 

    Tomette has held the positions of President, Vice President of Education and Vice President of Certification of the Southeast WI IIBA Chapter. She holds degrees from TCU and Vanderbilt.  She works from her home in Akron, Ohio.

    Tomette will be presenting from Louisville. 

    Pass the Word:

    Don't forget: Let your friends and colleagues know about this month's event by forwarding this event to them.

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    We encourage pre-registration for our events so our meeting sponsors know how much food to provide for us:

    Registration type

    Pre-registration

    Within 24 hours

    Member

    Free

    $10

    Annual Pass

    Free

    $10

    Student

    $5

    $5

    Guest

    $10

    $20

      

     
    • Friday, August 24, 2018
    • 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Tempur+Sealy, 1000 Tempur Way, Lexington, KY 40511
    • 21
    Register

     

    Workshop: I Write Use Cases...Do You?

    Use cases are often used to support solution requirements.  It is a widely used business analysis technique used to explain the requirement in more detail by describing the actions and responses between one or more actors and the system under discovery.  This workshop will look at the components of use cases, value of use cases, when they can add value to the project, and distinguishes between business and system use cases.

    This workshop from the BA Knowledge Academy takes a deep dive into the use cases, use case diagrams and scenarios; and how to write them.  It looks at multiple approaches to developing and documenting use cases.  This workshop is aligned the A Guide to the Business Analysis Body of Knowledge (BABOK Guide) version 3. It shows the business analysis practitioner how to use this tool to build an excellent business relationship with project stakeholders to work toward a positive experience for everyone involved.

     

    Learning points:

    • Gain understanding of use cases, use case diagrams and scenarios
    • Gain understanding the value of use cases
    • Gain understanding of differences and uses of business use cases and system use cases
    • Gain understanding of how to develop and document use cases
    • Gain understanding of advanced use case diagraming techniques
    • Hands on experience with developing use cases

     

    3.5 PD Hours | 3.5 CDUs

    This workshop is registered with IIBA and qualifies for 3.5 Professional Development (PD) Hours toward IIBA® certification and 3.5 Continuing Development Units (CDU) toward retaining your existing IIBA® certification. 

    This is part of a 10-part series of business analysis training workshops designed to give the participant a look at the full role of the business analyst within the context of a project.  A participant may attend only the topics in which they have an interest to learn more, or attend all 10 workshops for the full look at the business analyst role.

    Have four or more people to send to this workshop, email Professional@bluegrass.iiba.org to discuss a volume discount.

      

    Target Audience:

    • Project Business Analysts
    • Enterprise Business Analysts
    • Business Systems Analysts
    • Requirements Engineers
    • Business and Solution Architects
    • Business Relationship Managers
    • Project Managers
    • Managers of Business Analysts
    • IT Managers
    • BACoE and PMO Directors

     

    Level:

    • Novice
    • Intermediate 
    • Experienced
    • Business Analyst Manager

      

    Workshop presented by: Aaron Whittenberger, CBAP, CSPO, Co-Founder of BA Knowledge Academy

     

    Aaron is 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®, and is the former Chairperson of the Role Delineation Committee, responsible for the relevancy and validity of the IIBA® certification program.

    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 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 received his business analysis training through ASPE Technologies. Aaron lives in Northern Kentucky and has four sons. In his family life, Aaron enjoys family time, 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.

       

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    • Tuesday, August 28, 2018
    • 7:30 PM - 8:00 PM (EDT)
    • Online game
    Register

        

    Online BA Gaming!

       

    Let’s have some fun! Bluegrass IIBA Chapter has a new, fun, interactive activity with which you can get involved. Online BA Gaming is a series of online business analysis trivia games. We have a few different formats of gaming and will play one format each session.  Each session will be 20 to 30 minutes, so it will not take a lot of time; and we will play once or twice a month.

    This is not intended to help people toward IIBA certification, but some of the business analysis knowledge used in the game will be helpful for that purpose. We intend this just to be a fun, interactive, short activity for us all to have fun. We look forward to you joining us to test your business analysis knowledge!

              

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    • Friday, September 14, 2018
    • 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • TEKsystems, 700 N Hurstbourne Parkway, Louisville, KY 40222
    • 29
    Register

    Workshop: I Write Use Cases...Do You?

    Use cases are often used to support solution requirements.  It is a widely used business analysis technique used to explain the requirement in more detail by describing the actions and responses between one or more actors and the system under discovery.  This workshop will look at the components of use cases, value of use cases, when they can add value to the project, and distinguishes between business and system use cases.

    This workshop from the BA Knowledge Academy takes a deep dive into the use cases, use case diagrams and scenarios; and how to write them.  It looks at multiple approaches to developing and documenting use cases.  This workshop is aligned the A Guide to the Business Analysis Body of Knowledge (BABOK Guide) version 3. It shows the business analysis practitioner how to use this tool to build an excellent business relationship with project stakeholders to work toward a positive experience for everyone involved.

     

    Learning points:

    • Gain understanding of use cases, use case diagrams and scenarios
    • Gain understanding the value of use cases
    • Gain understanding of differences and uses of business use cases and system use cases
    • Gain understanding of how to develop and document use cases
    • Gain understanding of advanced use case diagraming techniques
    • Hands on experience with developing use cases

     

    3.5 PD Hours | 3.5 CDUs

    This workshop is registered with IIBA and qualifies for 3.5 Professional Development (PD) Hours toward IIBA® certification and 3.5 Continuing Development Units (CDU) toward retaining your existing IIBA® certification. 

    This is part of a 10-part series of business analysis training workshops designed to give the participant a look at the full role of the business analyst within the context of a project.  A participant may attend only the topics in which they have an interest to learn more, or attend all 10 workshops for the full look at the business analyst role.

      

    Target Audience:

    • Project Business Analysts
    • Enterprise Business Analysts
    • Business Systems Analysts
    • Requirements Engineers
    • Business and Solution Architects
    • Business Relationship Managers
    • Project Managers
    • Managers of Business Analysts
    • IT Managers
    • BACoE and PMO Directors

     

    Level:

    • Novice
    • Intermediate 
    • Experienced
    • Business Analyst Manager

      

    Workshop presented by: Aaron Whittenberger, CBAP, CSPO, Co-Founder of BA Knowledge Academy

     

    Aaron is 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®, and is the former Chairperson of the Role Delineation Committee, responsible for the relevancy and validity of the IIBA® certification program.

    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 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 received his business analysis training through ASPE Technologies. Aaron lives in Northern Kentucky and has four sons. In his family life, Aaron enjoys family time, 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.

       

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    • Wednesday, September 19, 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Sullivan University, 2355 Harrodsburg Road, Room 238, Lexington, KY 40504
    Register

    Topic: The Value of Adding Business Architecture to Your BA Toolkit

    Have you ever worked on a project only to find out that the solution was similar to another solution that is already being developed? Or provided a service that the organization no longer needed?

    Organizations often limit projects to dealing with a specific problem statement that can be handled by a single project. However, this narrow focus often ignores the interactions between different initiatives and goals, allowing a solution to be deployed that doesn't optimize achieving the goals of the organization.

    Business Architecture provides tools and techniques that provide value at both the enterprise level and the project level. By analyzing the "whys" behind the problem statement and the project, a business analyst can understand where the problem fits into the organization's eco-system, how a solution can add value, and answer the question "is the problem something that should be solved".

    In this talk, David will show how business analysts can utilize tools and techniques from business architecture to ensure projects are tied into the organizations goals and maximize the value a project solution can provide. 

     

    Target Audience:

    • Project Business Analysts
    • Enterprise Business Analysts
    • Business Systems Analysts
    • Requirements Engineers
    • Business and Solution Architects
    • Business Relationship Managers
    • Project Managers
    • Managers of Business Analysts
    • IT Managers
    • BACoE and PMO Directors

     

    Level:

    • Novice
    • Intermediate 
    • Experienced
    • Business Analyst Manager       

       

         

    Schedule:

          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: David Hall, Associate Director of Business Analysis, Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

    David Hall is the Associate Director, Business Analysis for HealthIT at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.  He has a BA in Psychology from Indiana University and a Masters in Management of Health Care from Vanderbilt University.  Over the past 20 years, David has performed business analysis in multiple fields including banking, pharmaceuticals, logistics and healthcare.   Since joining Vanderbilt in 2010, David has led teams of business analysts for the Medical Center and has also started a successful community of practice, sharing BA practices across the medical center. 

       

      

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    Don't forget: Let your friends and colleagues know about this month's event by forwarding this event to them.

    Please feel free to print this flyer and post around your office.

     

    We encourage pre-registration for our events so our meeting sponsors know how much food to provide for us:

    Registration type

    Pre-registration

    Within 24 hours

    Member

    Free

    $10

    Annual Pass

    Free

    $10

    Student

    $5

    $5

    Guest

    $10

    $20

      

    • Wednesday, September 19, 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    • TEKsystems, 700 N Hurstbourne Parkway, Louisville, KY 40222
    Register


    Topic: The Value of Adding Business Architecture to Your BA Toolkit

    Have you ever worked on a project only to find out that the solution was similar to another solution that is already being developed? Or provided a service that the organization no longer needed?

    Organizations often limit projects to dealing with a specific problem statement that can be handled by a single project. However, this narrow focus often ignores the interactions between different initiatives and goals, allowing a solution to be deployed that doesn't optimize achieving the goals of the organization.

    Business Architecture provides tools and techniques that provide value at both the enterprise level and the project level. By analyzing the "whys" behind the problem statement and the project, a business analyst can understand where the problem fits into the organization's eco-system, how a solution can add value, and answer the question "is the problem something that should be solved".

    In this talk, David will show how business analysts can utilize tools and techniques from business architecture to ensure projects are tied into the organizations goals and maximize the value a project solution can provide. 

     

    Target Audience:

    • Project Business Analysts
    • Enterprise Business Analysts
    • Business Systems Analysts
    • Requirements Engineers
    • Business and Solution Architects
    • Business Relationship Managers
    • Project Managers
    • Managers of Business Analysts
    • IT Managers
    • BACoE and PMO Directors

     

    Level:

    • Novice
    • Intermediate 
    • Experienced
    • Business Analyst Manager

     

    Schedule:

          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: David Hall, Associate Director of Business Analysis, Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

    David Hall is the Associate Director, Business Analysis for HealthIT at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.  He has a BA in Psychology from Indiana University and a Masters in Management of Health Care from Vanderbilt University.  Over the past 20 years, David has performed business analysis in multiple fields including banking, pharmaceuticals, logistics and healthcare.   Since joining Vanderbilt in 2010, David has led teams of business analysts for the Medical Center and has also started a successful community of practice, sharing BA practices across the medical center. 

       

    Pass the Word:

    Don't forget: Let your friends and colleagues know about this month's event by forwarding this event to them.

    Please feel free to print this flyer and post around your office.

     

    We encourage pre-registration for our events so our meeting sponsors know how much food to provide for us:

    Registration type

    Pre-registration

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    Member

    Free

    $10

    Annual Pass

    Free

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    Student

    $5

    $5

    Guest

    $10

    $20

      

    • Friday, September 21, 2018
    • 12:00 PM - 12:30 PM (EDT)
    • Online webinar
    Register

        

    Topic: IIBA® 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. Anyone interested in ECBA, CCBA® or CBAP® certification is welcome to come and ask questions of our CBAP mentor.   

     

    Target Audience:

    • Professionals seeking IIBA certification  

         

    Presented by: Bronson Zell, CBAP

       

    Bronson works as a Business Analyst in the Enterprise Business Consulting Group at Republic Bank & Trust. He has a decade of business analysis experience. He specializes in process improvement, data analysis, data visualization, and both informal and formal documentation. Specialties: Efficiency Specialist, Project Implementation, UAT, QA, Experienced Customer Service Manager, Professional Writer, Payments Processing, Banking, Claims Adjudication, Graphic Design and Layout, and Technical Support.

    Bronson is the newest Certified Business Analysis Professional (CBAP®) in the Bluegrass IIBA Chapter. Having passed the CBAP exam last month, he can provide very current information on the application process, exam and overall experience.

    Bronson 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 Friday, August 10, 2018.

    You can connect with Bronson at Kentuckiana IIBA Branch meetings or on LinkedIn

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    • Wednesday, October 17, 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Solarity Group, 961 Beasley Street, Suite 140, Lexington, KY 40509
    Register

    Topic: From Waterfall to Agile: A Change in Engagement, Not Result

    While Agile (as well as other change driven) methodologies have been in widespread use for more than 15 years, many Business Analysts still have not had an opportunity to practice them; or they have worked on a team that was supposedly Agile, but used the approach haphazardly or incorrectly, picking and choosing pieces they liked without truly evolving the way that they work. This is unfortunately common these days.

    What sort of skills does a Business Analyst new to Agile need to know in order to successfully participate in a project? What skills and techniques from their experiences with Waterfall projects can they utilize or draw from; and equally important, which ones should they abandon? What new skills and techniques should they develop? And if they’re working on a team that thinks it’s following Agile best practices but really isn’t, how can they help the team adjust and improve?

    In this discussion I will answer these questions by drawing upon my own experiences working within the Agile domain, as well as some of the existing literature about the subject. The ultimate goal is to help those new to the methodology adjust as quickly and seamlessly as possible, retaining the BA expertise they’ve already established.

    Target Audience:

    • Project Business Analysts
    • Enterprise Business Analysts
    • Business Systems Analysts
    • Requirements Engineers
    • Business and Solution Architects
    • Business Relationship Managers
    • Project Managers
    • Managers of Business Analysts
    • IT Managers
    • BACoE and PMO Directors

     

    Level:

    • Novice
    • Intermediate 
    • Experienced
    • Business Analyst Manager

     

    Schedule:

          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: Richard Power, CBAP, Agile Business Anayst at R.J. Corman

     

    Richard Power, CBAP is currently a Business Analyst at R. J. Corman Railroad Group. He previously worked as a Business Analyst for SQS Group and RW3 Technologies. He has also worked in the areas of education and music technology and tries to bring his wide range of experience into his current work in order to provide a fresh perspective.

    Richard is a Certified Business Analyst Professional™ (CBAP®), and has been working in the area of Business Analysis for over 15 years. He enjoys the challenge of finding appropriate solutions for business problems, searching for the best way in which to communicate requirements and ideas, and collaborating with and learning from his colleagues

    Richard values his membership within the Bluegrass IIBA Chapter for the excellent learning, professional growth, and networking opportunities it provides. When not at work he enjoys writing and performing music, hiking, reading, and being a dad. 

     

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    Don't forget: Let your friends and colleagues know about this month's event by forwarding this event to them.

    Please feel free to print this flyer and post around your office.

     

    We encourage pre-registration for our events so our meeting sponsors know how much food to provide for us:

    Registration type

    Pre-registration

    Within 24 hours

    Member

    Free

    $10

    Annual Pass

    Free

    $10

    Student

    $5

    $5

    Guest

    $10

    $20

      

    • Wednesday, October 17, 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    • TEKsystems, 700 N Hurstbourne Parkway, Louisville, KY 40222
    Register

     

    Topic: From Waterfall to Agile: A Change in Engagement, Not Result

    While Agile (as well as other change driven) methodologies have been in widespread use for more than 15 years, many Business Analysts still have not had an opportunity to practice them; or they have worked on a team that was supposedly Agile, but used the approach haphazardly or incorrectly, picking and choosing pieces they liked without truly evolving the way that they work. This is unfortunately common these days.

    What sort of skills does a Business Analyst new to Agile need to know in order to successfully participate in a project? What skills and techniques from their experiences with Waterfall projects can they utilize or draw from; and equally important, which ones should they abandon? What new skills and techniques should they develop? And if they’re working on a team that thinks it’s following Agile best practices but really isn’t, how can they help the team adjust and improve?

    In this discussion I will answer these questions by drawing upon my own experiences working within the Agile domain, as well as some of the existing literature about the subject. The ultimate goal is to help those new to the methodology adjust as quickly and seamlessly as possible, retaining the BA expertise they’ve already established.

    Target Audience:

    • Project Business Analysts
    • Enterprise Business Analysts
    • Business Systems Analysts
    • Requirements Engineers
    • Business and Solution Architects
    • Business Relationship Managers
    • Project Managers
    • Managers of Business Analysts
    • IT Managers
    • BACoE and PMO Directors

     

    Level:

    • Novice
    • Intermediate 
    • Experienced
    • Business Analyst Manager

     

       

    Schedule:

          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: Richard Power, CBAP, Agile Business Anayst at R.J. Corman

     

    Richard Power, CBAP is currently a Business Analyst at R. J. Corman Railroad Group. He previously worked as a Business Analyst for SQS Group and RW3 Technologies. He has also worked in the areas of education and music technology and tries to bring his wide range of experience into his current work in order to provide a fresh perspective.

    Richard is a Certified Business Analyst Professional™ (CBAP®), and has been working in the area of Business Analysis for over 15 years. He enjoys the challenge of finding appropriate solutions for business problems, searching for the best way in which to communicate requirements and ideas, and collaborating with and learning from his colleagues

    Richard values his membership within the Bluegrass IIBA Chapter for the excellent learning, professional growth, and networking opportunities it provides. When not at work he enjoys writing and performing music, hiking, reading, and being a dad. 

     

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    • Wednesday, October 17, 2018
    • 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • TBD, Lexington, KY
    Register

    You are invited to explore leadership opportunities with the Bluegrass IIBA Chapter.  Come learn new leadership and collaboration skills, and learn how business decisions are made at the executive level of an organization. 

    The Bluegrass IIBA Chapter is hosting a Leadership Fair for those professionals that may be interested in volunteering time in a leadership position with the Chapter.  The Chapter has elections every year in which half the Board of Director positions are up for election.  Along with Board positions there are other individual and committee positions that together run the operations of the Chapter.

    At this Leadership Fair participants will be able to explore the opportunities available to lead the growth and programs of the Bluegrass IIBA Chapter.  Participants will be able to explore specific program areas of the Chapter, such as Executive/Strategic Planning, Administration/Finance, Marketing, Membership, Professional Development and Sponsorship, which are of interest to them.  Anyone interested in taking a leadership role with the Chapter, now or in the future, or just exploring the options is invited to come and talk with the current Board of Directors and leaders of the Chapter to explore those opportunities.   

    You need not be present the entire time. Stay as long as you desire to explore the leadership opportunities in which you are interested.  

      

    Target Audience:

    • Business Analysis professionals interested in furthering their career in leadership   

     

    Presented by: Bluegrass IIBA Chapter Leadership Team 

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    • Wednesday, November 14, 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    • TBD, Lexington, KY
    Register

    Topic: Why is there a Human in my Loop?

    Sometimes as business analysts and project managers we get caught up in the minutiae of our project plans. We spend so much time to schedule meetings to define requirements, update the timeline, communicate with the team, hold them accountable, report up the chain on our status, and put out fires. Then we repeat this process daily, weekly, monthly.

    How much time do we spend thinking about, advocating for, talking with the end users of our project? Do we even consider quality or requirements from their perspective? Or do we always assume ‘the business representative’ knows exactly what the end user needs? Have we lost sight of the human on the other end of our projects? How many times have I admitted this to myself but determined it’s just too hard to be a user advocate? What we do is for them. What we build is for them.

    So let’s focus on the human in the loop. Let’s start and end with them. Let’s measure quality through their perspective. Let’s gather requirements directly from them and take strategic direction from the business rep.

    Key Takeaways:

    • Understanding the barriers to get direct user access and strategies to break those barriers
    • How to gather requirements from end users
    • Communicating the value and ROI of having the human in the loop
    • Understanding the Intrinsic motivators for the team
    • Leveraging previous success to snowball other initiatives

     

    Target Audience:

    • Project Business Analysts
    • Enterprise Business Analysts
    • Business Systems Analysts
    • Requirements Engineers
    • Business and Solution Architects
    • Business Relationship Managers
    • Project Managers
    • Managers of Business Analysts
    • IT Managers
    • BACoE and PMO Directors

     

    Level:

    • Novice
    • Intermediate 
    • Experienced
    • Business Analyst Manager

       

    Schedule:

          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: Paul Spencer, Co-founder of POMiET

    Paul leverages over twenty years of experience towards continuously learning, modifying, and applying to over 40 engagements/projects with software craftsmanship, agile and lean practices. Paul has personally interacted with over 200 people during this span, positively mentoring and collaborating with them individually, as teams, as executive leaders, and as organizations to move the needle towards improved efficiency, quality, and work satisfaction. He has managed and coordinated multiple teams to successfully deliver for large initiatives, including many multi-million-dollar projects. He is the co-founder of POMIET and holds a Masters in Human Factors Engineering.

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    Member

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    $10

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    Free

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    Student

    $5

    $5

    Guest

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    $20

      

    • Wednesday, November 14, 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    • TEKsystems, 700 N Hurstbourne Parkway, Louisville, KY 40222
    Register

    Topic: Why is there a Human in my Loop?

    Sometimes as business analysts and project managers we get caught up in the minutiae of our project plans. We spend so much time to schedule meetings to define requirements, update the timeline, communicate with the team, hold them accountable, report up the chain on our status, and put out fires. Then we repeat this process daily, weekly, monthly.

    How much time do we spend thinking about, advocating for, talking with the end users of our project? Do we even consider quality or requirements from their perspective? Or do we always assume ‘the business representative’ knows exactly what the end user needs? Have we lost sight of the human on the other end of our projects? How many times have I admitted this to myself but determined it’s just too hard to be a user advocate? What we do is for them. What we build is for them.

    So let’s focus on the human in the loop. Let’s start and end with them. Let’s measure quality through their perspective. Let’s gather requirements directly from them and take strategic direction from the business rep.

    Key Takeaways:

    • Understanding the barriers to get direct user access and strategies to break those barriers
    • How to gather requirements from end users
    • Communicating the value and ROI of having the human in the loop
    • Understanding the Intrinsic motivators for the team
    • Leveraging previous success to snowball other initiatives

     

    Target Audience:

    • Project Business Analysts
    • Enterprise Business Analysts
    • Business Systems Analysts
    • Requirements Engineers
    • Business and Solution Architects
    • Business Relationship Managers
    • Project Managers
    • Managers of Business Analysts
    • IT Managers
    • BACoE and PMO Directors

     

    Level:

    • Novice
    • Intermediate 
    • Experienced
    • Business Analyst Manager       

       

         

    Schedule:

          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: Paul Spencer, Co-founder of POMiET

    Paul leverages over twenty years of experience towards continuously learning, modifying, and applying to over 40 engagements/projects with software craftsmanship, agile and lean practices. Paul has personally interacted with over 200 people during this span, positively mentoring and collaborating with them individually, as teams, as executive leaders, and as organizations to move the needle towards improved efficiency, quality, and work satisfaction. He has managed and coordinated multiple teams to successfully deliver for large initiatives, including many multi-million-dollar projects. He is the co-founder of POMIET and holds a Masters in Human Factors Engineering.

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    Member

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    $10

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    Free

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    Student

    $5

    $5

    Guest

    $10

    $20

      

    • Wednesday, December 12, 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • TBD, Lexington, KY
    Register

    Winter Networking Social 

    Please join us for the sixth annual Bluegrass IIBA Chapter Winter Networking Social with your fellow business analysts!!

     

    This is the time for us to celebrate and rejoice in the accomplishments of our efforts here in Lexington and the Bluegrass region.

    Join us for this year's celebration at {Insert name and address}. The Chapter will provide appetizers.  Drinks and dinner are available for purchase off the menu.

     

    Everyone is welcome! 

    Come when you can, stay as long as you like!

     

    Cheers to 2018!  See you there! 

        REGISTER NOW

          

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Past events

Friday, August 10, 2018 Bluegrass IIBA Webinar: IIBA® Certification Screen-side Chat
Monday, August 06, 2018 Bluegrass IIBA - Online BA Gaming!
Friday, July 20, 2018 Bluegrass IIBA Webinar: IIBA® Certification Screen-side Chat
Thursday, July 12, 2018 Bluegrass IIBA - Online BA Gaming!
Tuesday, June 26, 2018 Kentuckiana IIBA - IIBA® Certification Mentoring Social Event (Louisville)
Friday, June 08, 2018 Bluegrass IIBA Webinar: IIBA® Certification Screen-side Chat
Wednesday, May 16, 2018 Kentuckiana IIBA - Annual General Meeting and Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
Wednesday, May 16, 2018 Bluegrass IIBA - Annual General Meeting and Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
Friday, May 11, 2018 Bluegrass IIBA Webinar: IIBA® Certification Screen-side Chat
Wednesday, April 18, 2018 Kentuckiana IIBA - Root Cause doesn’t have to hurt like a Root Canal!
Wednesday, April 18, 2018 Bluegrass IIBA - Root Cause doesn’t have to hurt like a Root Canal!
Friday, April 13, 2018 Bluegrass IIBA Webinar: IIBA® Certification Screen-side Chat
Monday, April 09, 2018 Bluegrass IIBA - IIBA® Certification Mentoring Social Event
Wednesday, March 21, 2018 Kentuckiana IIBA - Leveraging BDD and Given/When/Then for Better Acceptance Criteria
Wednesday, March 21, 2018 Bluegrass IIBA - Leveraging BDD and Given/When/Then for Better Acceptance Criteria
Friday, March 09, 2018 Bluegrass IIBA Webinar: IIBA® Certification Screen-side Chat
Wednesday, February 21, 2018 Kentuckiana IIBA - Coaching Skills as a Business Analysis Superpower: Integration with the Core Concepts
Wednesday, February 21, 2018 Bluegrass IIBA - Coaching Skills as a Business Analysis Superpower: Integration with the Core Concepts
Wednesday, January 17, 2018 Bluegrass IIBA - Why Business Analysts Should Use the Business Model Canvas
Wednesday, December 13, 2017 Bluegrass IIBA - Winter Networking Social - UPDATED Location
Wednesday, November 15, 2017 Bluegrass IIBA - Small Business Speaker Series: Expanding the Definition of the BA Role II
Tuesday, November 07, 2017 Bluegrass IIBA - IIBA Awards Celebration
Wednesday, October 18, 2017 Bluegrass IIBA - Leadership Fair
Wednesday, October 18, 2017 Bluegrass IIBA - Business Analyst as an Organizational Leader
Wednesday, September 20, 2017 Bluegrass IIBA - Governance is not a four letter word!
Wednesday, August 16, 2017 Bluegrass IIBA - Why Do Business Analysis, Really?
Wednesday, June 14, 2017 Bluegrass IIBA - BABOK v3 Study Group
Monday, June 05, 2017 Bluegrass IIBA - Chapter Ice Cream Social
Wednesday, May 17, 2017 Bluegrass IIBA - Annual General Meeting and Hall of Fame Ceremony
Thursday, April 27, 2017 Webinar: Design Thinking for Business Analysts: a get-started guide to prototyping better products
Wednesday, April 19, 2017 Bluegrass IIBA - Exploring the full Role of the Business Analyst
Wednesday, March 15, 2017 Bluegrass IIBA - CIO Panel Discussion
Wednesday, February 15, 2017 Bluegrass IIBA - The Future of Business Analysis…The CEO Perspective
Wednesday, January 25, 2017 Bluegrass IIBA - Small Business Speaker Series: Expanding the Definition of the BA Role
Wednesday, December 14, 2016 Bluegrass IIBA - Winter Networking Social
Wednesday, November 16, 2016 Bluegrass IIBA - Business Analysis in Agile... It is the Activity Not the Role
Thursday, November 10, 2016 Webinar Speaker Series: 21st Century Business Analyst
Wednesday, October 19, 2016 Bluegrass IIBA - Leadership Fair
Wednesday, October 19, 2016 Bluegrass IIBA - IIBA's New Approach to Certification
Thursday, October 13, 2016 Webinar Speaker Series: 21st Century Business Analyst
Friday, September 30, 2016 Bluegrass IIBA Workshop - I Plan My Work...Do You?
Wednesday, September 21, 2016 Bluegrass IIBA - Using BABOK Guide® v3 To Help Build Your Organization’s Business Architecture
Thursday, September 08, 2016 Webinar Speaker Series: 21st Century Business Analyst - The Future of Business Analysis
Wednesday, August 17, 2016 Bluegrass IIBA - How Can You be a Business Analyst without Knowing the Business?
Thursday, August 11, 2016 Webinar Speaker Series: 21st Century Business Analyst
Thursday, July 21, 2016 Webinar Speaker Series: 21st Century Business Analyst
Thursday, June 09, 2016 Webinar Speaker Series: 21st Century Business Analyst
Wednesday, May 18, 2016 Bluegrass IIBA - Annual General Meeting and Hall of Fame Ceremony
Friday, May 13, 2016 Workshop: I Write Requirements...Do You?
Wednesday, April 20, 2016 Bluegrass IIBA - Creating and Using a Career Coverage Matrix
Wednesday, March 16, 2016 Bluegrass IIBA - 7 Habits of Highly Effective Business Analysts
Wednesday, March 09, 2016 CBAP Study Group
Wednesday, February 17, 2016 Bluegrass IIBA - 10+5+3+1=90…How to Help the Business Achieve its Strategic Plan
Wednesday, January 27, 2016 Bluegrass IIBA - Business Data Modeling Made Easy
Wednesday, December 09, 2015 Bluegrass IIBA - Winter Networking Social - BA Feud
Wednesday, November 18, 2015 Bluegrass IIBA Panel Discussion – Recruiting and Hiring Business Analysts
Wednesday, October 21, 2015 Bluegrass IIBA - Leadership Fair
Wednesday, October 21, 2015 Bluegrass IIBA - The Important Skills for Success
Wednesday, September 16, 2015 Bluegrass IIBA - Achieving Success through a Business-Driven Approach
Friday, August 21, 2015 Bluegrass IIBA Professional Development Workshop
Wednesday, August 19, 2015 Business Analysis: Is it a Role or a Skill?
Tuesday, June 23, 2015 Bluegrass IIBA® Chapter Ice Cream Social
Wednesday, May 27, 2015 BABOK v3 Virtual Study Group (Reoccurring every Wednesday until July 29)
Wednesday, May 20, 2015 AGM and CIO Panel Discussion
Wednesday, April 15, 2015 Charm School 101: How to Influence Your Team
Wednesday, March 18, 2015 eCommerce and the Business Analyst
Wednesday, January 28, 2015 Town Hall Meeting: PMI-PBA and CCBA® Business Analysis Certification – What’s the Diff?
Wednesday, December 10, 2014 Winter Networking Social
Wednesday, November 19, 2014 Business Analysis on a Global Scale
Wednesday, October 15, 2014 Leadership Fair
Wednesday, October 15, 2014 Cultivating Agile Requirements
Wednesday, September 17, 2014 Requirements Elicitation Traps and How to Deal With Them
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 Three Steps to Influencing When You Don't Have the Authority

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