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  • Friday, January 08, 2021 4:58 PM | Recognition IIBA Bluegrass (Administrator)


    I recently decided to pursue the IIBA® and IEEE® Certificate in Cybersecurity Analysis (IIBA®-CCA), and would like to share my experience with those of you who might want to know more about it. Last year my employer had decided to implement the NIST cybersecurity framework across our entire enterprise; that along with the continued increase in potential security threats throughout our daily lives encouraged me to increase my cybersecurity knowledge. After approximately six weeks of study and preparation I was able to successfully pass the exam.

    The CCA exam consists of 75 multiple choice questions that have to be answered within 90 minutes. In addition to paying the exam fee, I decided to purchase the IIBA’s Cybersecurity Analysis Learning Materials, which includes a PDF document that covers the content and an interactive set of eLearning modules. The modules include a full practice exam as well as frequent practice questions scattered throughout the material. These followed a wide variety of formats, and even through they did not follow the strict multiple-choice format of the actual exam I felt they were effective in helping me learn the material and be successful with the exam. 

    I found preparing for the exam with the study materials to be very useful and enlightening. I had quite a bit of familiarity with many of the topics from past experience, but I was exposed to several areas that were new to me. The material does an excellent job of relating the concepts to the BABOK and to the practice of Business Analysis in general. The PDF document will be an excellent resource for future reference.

    I recommend that other BA’s consider pursuing the CCA, even if your work does not directly focus on cybersecurity. It’s an area that we all should be knowledgeable in these days, and an awareness of it will enhance practically any project on which you may be working.

    More info about the CCA can be found a IIBA Cybersecurity Analysis Certification page.

  • Friday, January 08, 2021 3:47 PM | Membership IIBA Bluegrass (Administrator)

    "Bluegrass IIBA Chapter is offering a 50% discount on chapter membership for a limited time", announced Diane Teague, Vice President of Membership. She added "the chapter is doing very well because of a great professional development program and membership numbers are higher than anticipated; the Board decided to give back to the community by reducing the price of membership to make it more available for everyone."

    Aaron Whittenberger, Vice President of Professional Development noted that the Bluegrass IIBA Chapter study groups have been increasing the number of students they attract for the past five years, including students from countries outside of North America. "In 2019, we added an Agile Analysis Study Group; in 2020, we ran three BABOK study groups, each with increased registrations; and in 2021, we added a Business Data Analytics Study Group." Bluegrass IIBA Chapter has truly become the "training chapter" for IIBA. Aaron also noted that "we added three BA career courses this year designed to support the BA throughout their career from novice to the senior professional." He added, "the BA Fundamentals (BA101) class begins in February and already has 16 students registered."

    Chapter President, Kathy Leigh, said "with our charter sponsor, The Solarity Group, renewing their support of our programs for the seventh year in a row, and having a Premier sponsor in SoftEd; we felt that this will be another great year for the chapter." She added "we wanted more people to be able to take advantage of our professional development program and be active with our chapter, we felt the best way to accomplish those goals is to reduce the price of membership." 

    Chapter membership does still require membership in the chapter's parent association, the International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA) ( Once you join IIBA, you may join Bluegrass IIBA Chapter for $18 per year. This limited time offer may be ended without notice.

  • Tuesday, November 10, 2020 8:30 AM | Community IIBA Bluegrass (Administrator)

    IIBA® is near giving us IIBA members the ability to pay their international and local chapter member dues in one transaction. They are targeting implementation in Q1 or Q2 of 2021. Whether you are an IIBA member or not, to inform IIBA which chapter is your local or preferred IIBA chapter, please check your chapter selection on your IIBA profile.

    Bluegrass IIBA Chapter has members and participants in most of the 50 states and around the world. Our study groups and events have been attracting national and international participation for a few years. We have members in Canada, UK, Australia, Morocco, Nigeria and South Africa to name a few. Since Bluegrass IIBA Chapter broadcasts and records all its meetings and some of these people do not have an IIBA chapter near them, they are able to participate in our programs. 

    If you have another chapter that is local to you, we certainly understand that; however, if Bluegrass Chapter is where you get the most support for your BA career, we ask you to change your chapter selection on your IIBA profile to 'USA_Kentucky_Bluegrass'.  

    To do so, login to the IIBA website ( Once you are logged in, click on your name in the top ribbon of the page. Then select Profile on the dropdown options menu.

    Scroll down your profile, after your personal information is the ‘Chapter’ field (last field in the Primary Information area). Change this to “USA_Kentucky_Bluegrass” if it doesn’t already say that.

    Take a minute to check it now.


    Thank you for making this change. 


  • Thursday, November 05, 2020 5:00 AM | Professional Development IIBA Bluegrass (Administrator)

    IIBA is offering a 20% rebate on all IIBA Certification exam fees for remainder of the year! If IIBA Certification is in your future, pay for the exam by December 31, 2020 to get 20% exam fee rebate.

    Book your exam:

  • Monday, November 02, 2020 8:14 PM | Recognition IIBA Bluegrass (Administrator)

    IIBA Chapter Awards 2020 | Chapter of the Year Award | Join the Bluegrass IIBA Chapter watch party as they watch and react to the award announcement

  • Monday, November 02, 2020 4:43 PM | Professional Development IIBA Bluegrass (Administrator)

    Bluegrass IIBA Chapter supports your business analysis career with new courses geared toward career development instead of IIBA certification.

    For the last five years Bluegrass IIBA Chapter has provided study groups to teach the content of the BABOK® Guide and prepare students to take IIBA® core certification exams. In 2019, we added the Agile Analysis Study Group to teach the content of the Agile Extension of the BABOK and prepare students to take the IIBA®-AAC certification. exam. We have prepared over 150 students to take IIBA certification exams in the past two years alone.  

    For 2021, Bluegrass IIBA Chapter in collaboration with SoftEd (Software Education) adds three new courses to teach business analysis skills and techniques toward career development. These new courses are not to prepare students to take an IIBA certification exam, but to give the students the tools to be effective business analysts for their organization or client.

    Take a look at our new offerings and pick a course that helps you get to the next level of your business analysis career.

    BA101 - Business Analysis Fundamentals course

    BA105 - Business Ansalysis Tools & Techniques course

    BA410 - The Seasoned Business Analyst course

  • Sunday, November 01, 2020 10:04 AM | Recognition IIBA Bluegrass (Administrator)

    In 2016, IIBA declared November 1st as Global Business Analysis Day. It is a day that we can celebrate the value that business analysts bring to our organizations and clients. So what impact have you had this year? Tell us your story of how you used your business analysis skills to help your organization or client and the impact that had...

    #businessanalysis #GlobalBADay #BusinessAnalysisDay #iiba @IIBA #iiba-bluegrass 

  • Friday, October 30, 2020 4:04 PM | Recognition IIBA Bluegrass (Administrator)

    Congratulations to our newest ECBA recipient!

    Aya Ali, M. Sc., ECBA

    Hit the road on June 2nd, 2020

    I would like to take this opportunity to thank and tell how much I appreciate the hard work and great efforts that the Bluegrass IIBA Chapter and the hosts of the 2020 Summer BABOK® v3 Study Group: Eric Neill - Director of Certification, Aaron Whittenberger – Vice President of Professional Development, and Kathy Leigh – Chapter President, put into this experience to make it a success.

     I would also like to thank the family's friend Dr. Abubakr Dafalla, the regional legal counsel at A.T. Kearney, who was the guidance of the road and the cause of the beginning of my journey in obtaining the Entry Certificate in Business Analysis (ECBA™) on October 23rd, 2020.

    As a member of Bluegrass IIBA Chapter I have decided to embark on an ambitious adventure toward certification for more development and growth in the business analysis profession, and I highly recommend the Bluegrass Chapter. The classes are delivered by expert instructors and available anywhere no matter where you are in the world :) Also, the chapter provides networking opportunities for business professionals to learn from each other, and providing educational programs, promoting best practices, and creating opportunities for local practitioners to grow personally and professionally.

    I'm glad and honored to be a member and I'm absolutely sure of the benefits I'll get.

  • Wednesday, October 21, 2020 12:29 PM | Recognition IIBA Bluegrass (Administrator)


    IIBA just announced the finalist for their Chapter Awards and Volunteer Awards. Bluegrass IIBA Chapter has been recognized for excellence in:

    • Chapter of the Year
    • Chapter Sustainability
    • Community Outreach
    In addition, our President, Kathy Leigh, is in the finalist running for Volunteer of the Year.

    IIBA will announce the winners for Chapter Awards and Volunteer of the Year in an online broadcast ceremony on November 2, 2020. Our chapter leaders will be in a virtual celebration to watch the announcement of the winners for Chapter Awards and Volunteer Awards. Please join us for our virtual celebration! [JOIN HERE]

  • Thursday, October 08, 2020 5:00 PM | Sponsorship IIBA Bluegrass (Administrator)


    LeShai Phelps, Vice President of Sponsorships is happy to announce the newest sponsor of Bluegrass IIBA Chapter…Software Education USA LLC (aka SoftEd) website: LeShai notes that SoftEd has sponsored the chapter as a PREMIER SPONSOR, showing its dedication to the advancement of the business analysis profession.

    Vice President of Professional Development for Bluegrass IIBA Chapter, Aaron Whittenberger, says “we are thrilled about this support from SoftEd.” He continues, “this new partnership will allow Bluegrass Chapter to expand its professional development offerings to the business and agile analysis professionals in the community.”

    Concerning the sponsorship David Mantica, Vice President and General Manager of SoftEd USA, says ”SoftEd is very excited to become the Premier Sponsor for the Bluegrass IIBA Chapter.  The Bluegrass Chapter excels at providing high value services to its members who stretch well beyond Kentucky. They have always been at the forefront around providing creative solutions and services to meet the ever changing needs of Business Analyst professionals.”

    SoftEd believes that in today’s fast-paced world, agility is the key to managing and responding to change quickly and efficiently.  This is where we excel - we have two decades of experience supporting organizations as they adopt agile practices. We work with organizations to build their agility and to support them to increase team performance, drive efficiencies, lift innovation and adopt continuous learning as a source of competitive advantage. Our team of consultants, coaches and trainers will not only help you understand the benefits that agility can bring, but they will help you deliver on your unique business goals. 

    Aaron noted “SoftEd was instrumental in the planning and delivery of our Bluegrass Business Analysis Conference this past September. We thoroughly enjoyed working with David and his team on planning the conference.”

    Bluegrass IIBA Chapter President, Kathy Leigh, added "Bluegrass Chapter is grateful for the support of our new Premier Sponsor SoftEd, and we are excited to welcome them and look forward to partnering with them in future endeavors. SoftEd is a prestigious purveyor of high quality professional training."

    An offer from our new partner:

    Chapter partner SoftEd is offering members and those affiliated with Bluegrass IIBA Chapter (if you are reading this, that means “you”) a 50% discount on all its Live Online training for the remainder of 2020. SoftEd offers Business Analysis, Agile, DevOps and Software Testing Training and is the world’s largest provider of IC Agile training courses. For more information about SoftEd’s public schedule go to: Please use promotional code DM0620 during checkout. Please feel free to contact with any questions.

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