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  • 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.

  • Wednesday, September 30, 2020 3:30 AM | Professional Development IIBA Bluegrass (Administrator)

    My name is Mehdi, I have a Master’s degree in Auditing and Controlling from a Business School in Morocco. Once I finished my studies, I wanted to follow a career that combines two of the things that I love the most which are Business and IT, so I decided to join a consulting firm as an IT Functional consultant.

    Working as an IT consultant gave me the opportunity to work closely with clients and decision makers in order to improve their processes through digital transformation.

    One of the very first difficulties that I noticed once I started working on IT projects was the difficulty of gathering requirements from the business which lead in many cases to the implementation of solutions that were not responding to the actual need of the business.

    However, in my second project where I was acting as an implementation consultant of an SAP Solution, I was surprised that the business was inexistent in most of the technical workshops that we were having and instead I was dealing with a couple of people who had the title of “Business Analyst”. Their role basically was acting as the middleman between us “IT” and the “Business” and I immediately noticed that the quality of the deliverables in the project was significantly better than in my first project. 

    As a result of that, two question were particularly looming in my mind; What are these business analysts actually doing? how do they contribute to keeping the project on the right track?

    After searching on the internet, I landed on the IIBA® website and found the Bible of business analysis “the BABOK® Guide”, a globally recognized standard for the practice of business analysis. In other words, it is the book that explains the science behind the magic!

    I realized at that moment that it was a necessity for me to know all about the BABOK and gain a certification that is recognized worldwide. I chose Bluegrass IIBA study group offering because of the price that was reasonable and because of the quality of instructors who have many years of experience in Business Analysis under their belt.

    My Learning journey was not an easy one because I was working long hours due to the complexity of the projects I was working on and joining the study sessions each week at 11:00 PM because of the time zone difference. However, I have to admit that the enthusiasm and the way how Eric Neil – Director of Certification, Aaron Whittenberger – Vice President of Professional Development and Kathy Leigh – Chapter President explained the BABOK concepts, made the 2-and-half hour study session seem like an hour. In fact, once the session ended, I was eager and looking forward to the next week session in order to learn even more from them.

    After completing the study group on the 26th of August 2020, I felt well prepared and ready to take my ECBA™ exam, therefore I scheduled my online proctored exam for the 21st of September 2020 and have succeeded on my first attempt.

    Last but not least I am now a member of IIBA and the Bluegrass Chapter and will try to continue participating in the Bluegrass Chapter events, because it is thanks to Bluegrass that I had the opportunity to get to know the BA community and also learned everything that I know now about the Business Analysis profession.

  • Monday, September 28, 2020 6:00 PM | Recognition IIBA Bluegrass (Administrator)

    Congratulations to our newest ECBATM Certified Member!

    Mehdi El Amouri, ECBA

    Mehdi El Amouri is a member of Bluegrass IIBA Chapter that lives in Casablanca, Morocco. Upon finishing his studies for his Masters degree in Auditing and Controlling, he went to work as an IT Functional Consultant. Coming in contact with business analysts in that work, he became intrigued by their work. Research into how business analysts work led him to IIBA® and the BABOK®. Wanting to be certified in business analysis he joined the Bluegrass IIBA Chapter BABOK study group that concluded on the 26th of August 2020. He sat for, and passed, the ECBATM exam on September 21, 2020; making him the first in that study group to achieve his certification. A hearty congratulations to Mehdi!

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