Last month, Terry Sundy, Vice President of Administration and Finance, and I had the opportunity to attend the Building Business Capability (BBC), the official conference of IIBA®, in Las Vegas, Nevada. BBC was a great forum for meeting BA professionals from around the world and sharing insights, opportunities and challenges. This year's BBC was the largest IIBA® conference ever held and there was a high level of enthusiasm. I think that is due to the transformational changes taking place in the BA profession. This optimism for the future has created a wave of energy and excitement about new opportunities for the BA community.
The Bluegrass IIBA Chapter is where BA professionals from the Bluegrass region can share insights, opportunities and challenges. This is where you can connect to the excitement of the changes and the opportunities of the transformations within the global business analysis, and IIBA, community.
Reshaping the Future
At BBC, IIBA shared updates on the progress the organization has made on its three-year strategic plan, as well as, insight on its plan ahead in 2016. As we wrap up year one on our three year journey to reshape our future I would like to share some of our successes.
We have made great strides to delivering value for your Bluegrass IIBA membership dollars. This is evidenced by a group of BAs in Burlington, VT who wish to start an IIBA Chapter, but wanting to start as a branch of an established chapter selecting the Bluegrass Chapter as best able to support their goals. We had 32 new members of the chapter during the year, about half coming in Vermont; and 84% of our members renewed their memberships in the past year. We continue, and have deepened, the discounts offered to members to our meetings and events, including a BABOK® v3 Study Group, and Professional Development Workshop held at Toyota in Georgetown. The added member content in the members-only section of our website, along with the 20% discount on products and services from The Solarity Group, our Charter Sponsor, delivers exceptional value for your membership dollars.
IIBA has created a new video, available on our homepage, of the strides we have made in the global BA community this year. As the new IIBA video says, we have only just begun. Our future success will require us to come together with a renewed sense of focus, passion and value. 2016 is right around the corner, and we can and will deliver increased value and engagement to the community.
At BBC, this year Bluegrass IIBA Chapter took Honorable Mention for the Innovation Award in the IIBA Chapter Awards ceremony. This recognizes the innovation that our chapter leaders put into our educational program and community outreach program. This is evidenced by our Town Hall Meeting, Leadership Fair and Bluegrass Business Analysis Hall of Fame; which no other chapter does. Where most chapters only have presentation style meetings, we held the Town Hall Meeting, audience discussions, small group discussions and panel discussions within the past year. Join us at our events to hear our plans for business analysis education and community engagement for 2016.
It is a very energizing time as we deliver on our commitments and increase the value we provide to the community. I encourage you to take a closer look at Bluegrass IIBA Chapter to learn more about the initiatives underway at IIBA and in the Bluegrass region. Come learn of our vision of the future and gain access to resources for business analysis professionals to help you do your day-to-day job better, today and in the future.
To see how Bluegrass IIBA Chapter can help business analysis and organizational change within your organization; visit our website (bluegrass.iiba.org), join us at any of our events or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We at Bluegrass IIBA Chapter wish you and your family a very safe and wonderful holiday season!
Aaron S. Whittenberger, CBAP
President, Bluegrass IIBA Chapter