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  • Tuesday, August 23, 2022 9:10 AM | Community IIBA Bluegrass (Administrator)


    Our Charter Sponsor, The Solarity Group, has added three (3) Business Analysis courses to their offerings for September 2022. Check out the Community Events (on the right) on our Events page to see these classes, to see if there is anything of interest to you. 

    1. Business Analysis Foundations, Sept. 9; 8:30 am - 1:30 pm EDT
    2. Best Practices in Business Analysis, Sept. 22-23; 8:30 am - 4:30 pm EDT
    3. Effective Communications, Sept 26; 8:30 am - 1:30 pm EDT

    Since 2003, Solarity has provided excellent results through hands-on solutions based on proven best practices. We work to understand our customers’ issues and goals, develop a clear definition of where they are, where they want to be, and then create a measurable action plan for success.

    Our broad range of experience and knowledge in a range of different industries allows us to customize our approach to fit the situation. We work in total partnership with our clients to understand their business needs and the current environment, and then match the right amount of process to meet the culture and the project.


  • Friday, July 15, 2022 5:00 PM | Professional Development IIBA Bluegrass (Administrator)


    For a limited time, IIBA Members save 15% off* the Agile Analysis Certification (IIBA®-AAC) and the Certificate in Product Ownership Analysis (IIBA®- CPOA) exam fees when purchased between July 15 to August 31, 2022. There are no promo codes required for this promotion, but you must be an IIBA Member to take advantage of this special offer!

    Not an IIBA Member, join IIBA to take advantage of this offer! When you get an IIBA Certification, membership pays for itself in exam discount fees. Now get an additional 15% discount on those fees.

    Check out this offer on IIBA.org

    *Terms & Conditions: This 15% discounted offer is only applicable to active IIBA Members who purchase IIBA®-AAC and IIBA®-CPOA exam, bundle, or digital access between July 15 to August 31, 2022 11:59 PM ET. Non-members can become eligible for the discount if membership is purchased first. The 15% discount offer applies to the exam rewrite fees. This offer is not applicable to application fees. The offer does not apply to bulk purchasing. This offer is subject to change without notice. Please Note: The discounted prices are automatically displayed in the cart once logged in as a Member.

  • Saturday, July 09, 2022 5:24 PM | Finance IIBA Bluegrass (Administrator)

    The Bluegrass IIBA Chapter Welcomes Sarah Poynter to the Board of Directors

    Sarah Poynter, CBAP, CBDA

    Sarah Poynter joins the Bluegrass IIBA Chapter Board of Directors as Executive Director of the newly opened Northern Kentucky/Cincinnati Branch. The branch was opened this month in response to Cincinnati IIBA Chapter dissolving. It is the second branch of the Bluegrass IIBA Chapter joining Kentuckiana Branch in Louisville, KY.

    Sarah is a Software Engineering Manager at US Bank. She and her husband live in Florence, KY with their three dogs, Fancy, Hay Hay and Neno. Sarah looks forward to working with the Bluegrass IIBA Board of Directors and growing the Northern Kentucky/Cincinnati IIBA Branch.  

  • Wednesday, July 06, 2022 4:10 PM | Community IIBA Bluegrass (Administrator)


    The 2022 Global State of Business Analysis Survey is now open! Your voice matters! Share your input in this year's survey, and we'll give you a complimentary summary report jam-packed with trends and insight on the state of business analysis.

    This survey closes on Sunday, July 31st and will take approximately 30 minutes to complete. Your participation is anonymous and confidential.

    IIBA's annual global survey on business analysis is for individuals, managers, and decision makers. Survey responses provide an in-depth look at career trends and statistics in business analysis. 

    What The Survey Covers:
    • Top talents specific to areas of practice
    • Contribute to global & local salary information
    • Learn about certification & career development trends
    • Covers 5 career themes


  • Tuesday, July 05, 2022 7:22 AM | Finance IIBA Bluegrass (Administrator)


    The Bluegrass IIBA Chapter Welcomes Will Powers to the Board of Directors


    Will Powers joins the Bluegrass IIBA Chapter to the Board of Directors as Vice President of Marketing and Communications following the election of Bill Powers as President. 

    Will is a recent graduate from Northern Kentucky University with a bachelor's degree in Anthropology with a minor in Information Systems. He currently works at Fidelity Investments. Will brings his marketing and digital experience to the Chapter. He plans to expand the chapter presence online and elsewhere, by expanding the marketing channels the chapter currently employs. 


  • Thursday, June 16, 2022 10:34 AM | Professional Development IIBA Bluegrass (Administrator)


    Have a Safe, Healthy and Enjoyable Summer!

    Bluegrass IIBA Chapter does not hold chapter meetings during June and July so that our community, members and chapter leaders may take family summer vacations. We do have webinars for those who will be around for the summer.

    Join us back in August for our Fall schedule:

    Aug. 17: Working in Agile – Clearing the Muddy Waters between Product Owner, Business Analyst, and Scrum Master, Panelists Lisa Whitaker (SM), Aaron Whittenberger (BA) and Jonathan Hill (PO) | Register at: https://iiba-org.zoom.us/webinar/register/5016547862889/WN_Ul8U0NqTS8SX1nZiWAvYbg

    Aug. 24: Social Event to 'Build a Community', Our Labor Day Pool Party with Stephanie Hawkins, Bluegrass IIBA Chapter and Cathy Warren, Southeast Michigan IIBA Chapter. | Register at: https://iiba-org.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcrd-GtpzIoHtxZOv56sqhuU86zgN3PIH66

    Sept. 21: Elicit and Collaborate like a Pro! Top Tips from an Expert with Pamela Paterson, Best Selling Author | Register at: https://iiba-org.zoom.us/webinar/register/4516551681421/WN_wJX4XDeCSjeJ_uqqq__8tg

    Oct. 19: Developing Your Growth Mindset with Dr. Annie Shibata, PhD. | Register at: https://iiba-org.zoom.us/webinar/register/6516547961978/WN_GEDr_KEjSgatuuZvwJjzPg


  • Wednesday, June 01, 2022 9:05 AM | Recognition IIBA Bluegrass (Administrator)

    Congratulations to Sarah Poynter on her Certification in Business Data Analytics

     

    Sarah Poynter is currently a Software Engineering Manager of a team of mainframe misfits for the Core Systems at USBank, where she has been employed for 23 years.  She started her career in the branches in 1999, then moved to a Branch software help desk role until 2002. She moved into a Business Analyst role at that point in Tech Services when USBank and Firstar merged.  That was the beginning of her journey as an IT business analyst. At one point she zigged over to a Programmer Analyst role for 3+ years before zagging back into a Senior Business Analyst role since working with both the technical folks and business lines is her passion.  She loves being the ‘bridge’ between those two groups.   Sarah has an Associate Degree in Applied Science (Computer Science) from Southern Ohio College where she took two Cobol coding courses. Those two courses alone have served her well the past 20+ years while working on USBank’s Core Systems team.  Sarah has been CBAP certified since October 2015.

    With the recent shift towards a Digital Transformation focus at USBank, data analytics has become a hot topic and a priority focus for the business lines.  When the CBDA certification became available through IIBA, Sarah became very interested in learning more about the role of data analytics from a business analysis perspective.  She attended several study groups with the IIB

    A Bluegrass and SE Michigan Chapters and several presentations through Bluegrass Chapter before committing to take the CBDA exam in spring 2022.  She believes the CBDA material provides a great framework for understanding how to work on analytics initiatives with both the business lines requesting the analysis and the technical teams responsible for sourcing, gathering, and analyzing the data for interpretation.  Sarah sat for the CBDA exam on May 14, 2022 and passed on the first try.

    When Sarah isn’t working or participating in IIBA functions, she enjoys down time with her 3 dogs, Fancy, Hay Hay and Neno and catching up on the latest episodes of her favorite TV programs.  She and her family are based in Florence, KY.  Her son and daughter-in-law reside in Milwaukee, WI and both recently graduated from MIAD (Milwaukee Inst. of Art & Design).  She and her husband often travel to Milwaukee with the pups to visit.  Sarah is very thankful for the growth and development in business analysis that IIBA has provided over the years and enjoys sharing that knowledge with her team at the bank and beyond whenever the opportunity arises.

  • Wednesday, May 25, 2022 11:50 AM | Recognition IIBA Bluegrass (Administrator)

    Thank you for your Service to the Bluegrass IIBA Chapter!


    As she leaves our Board of Directors, Bluegrass IIBA Chapter thanks LeShai Phelps for her service to the chapter and Bluegrass business analysis community. 

    LeShai is leaving our Board of Directors as Vice President of Sponsorships, where she has gained multiple sponsors for the chapter. She has promoted the Bluegrass IIBA Chapter's programs within the community to gain corporate support for those programs. 

    Prior to being Vice President of Sponsorships, LeShai served as Vice President of Marketing and Communications, and in the roles of Director of Marketing Strategies and Newsletter Publisher on the Bluegrass IIBA Chapter Leadership Team. She has seven (7) years of service to the chapter. She was inducted into the Bluegrass Business Analysis Hall of Fame in 2018 for her service to the Bluegrass IIBA Chapter.

    LeShai is a Business Analyst at Tempur Sealy in Lexington, KY and a Real Estate Agent. If you searching for a house in Lexington, give her a call!


  • Monday, May 23, 2022 9:25 AM | Professional Development IIBA Bluegrass (Administrator)


    Were you not able to attend the Bluegrass Business Analysis Conference (BBAC) on April 29, 2022 but wish you could have? We have good news for you! You can now purchase the content of the conference. You will be able to watch video recordings of the sessions and download presentation slides from the conference. Not all presentation slides are available, some speakers did not provide them to share. 

    The was a full-day professional development event that highlighted two keynote addresses, three tracks of presentations, a business analysis Kahoot! game and three BA Wellness Stories. You can use the link below to go to the conference page to see the entire program and use the button on the bottom of the page to purchase the content of the conference.

    https://bluegrass.iiba.org/Bluegrass-BAC

    Afterward you will gain access to the event program page with all the recordings and presentation slides. 


  • Friday, May 20, 2022 2:36 PM | Finance IIBA Bluegrass (Administrator)


    Bluegrass IIBA Chapter holds elections for half their Board of Directors each April. The results of this year's elections were announced, as always, at their Annual General Meeting (AGM), which was held this past Wednesday. 

    Bluegrass IIBA Chapter has a new President! Bill Powers, CBAP, AAC will serve as President of the Chapter for the next two years. Bill will leave his position as Vice President of Marketing and Communications to take the position of President. Bill is a Senior Business Analyst in the Enterprise Business Consulting Group at Republic Bank and Trust. Bill has served Bluegrass IIBA Chapter for the last four years as Newsletter Publisher and then Vice President of Marketing and Communications. 

    Also elected into the office is Stephanie Hawkins, MSIA, CISA. Stephanie is elected into the office of Vice President of Community Outreach and Engagement. She is the incumbent in this position as she was fulfilling the unexpired term of her predecessor. Stephanie is a BA and IT Risk Analyst Consultant working for various companies including Humana. She has served the Bluegrass IIBA Chapter in the position of Vice President of Community Outreach and Engagement for one year. 

    Last but certainly not least, elected into the office of Vice President of Sponsorships is Kathy Leigh, CBAP.  Kathy is the outgoing President of the Chapter and has served on the Board of Directors since its inception in 2013. She has served in the roles of Membership and Sponsorship, and then took the Sponsorship role when those two were split apart. Kathy fulfilled two terms (four years) as President. Kathy is a business analysis, project management, portfolio management consultant and trainer. Bluegrass IIBA Chapter is very fortunate that we are not losing her knowledge and experience on the leadership team of the chapter. 

    Please take a minute to congratulate and thank our chapter leaders for their continued service to the Chapter and Bluegrass business analysis community.   

    The Board now goes into a transition period where we will transition these new officers into their positions. They take their new positions in July. 

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