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  • Monday, July 05, 2021 10:49 AM | Finance IIBA Bluegrass (Administrator)



    As a result of our elections in April we welcome new members to the Board of Directors for Bluegrass IIBA Chapter. Now that the Board transition is complete, we look forward to working with our new Board members and look forward to them bringing new energy and ideas to drive the future direction of the Chapter. Please join me in welcoming:

    Stephanie Hawkins as the new Vice President of Community Outreach and Engagement.  Stephanie has over 25 years of experience in the Information Technology field focusing on enterprise IT transformation, business analysis, project management, data governance, IT risk, and controls. She holds a Master's degree in Information Assurance (MSIA) from Walsh College and is a Certified Information Security Auditor (CISA).

    Lori Son as the new Vice President of Membership. Lori is a Process Advisor at a gas company in Canada.  The BA role is very exciting to her as the role consisted of networking with different stakeholders; preparing for testing and training; requirements gathering, verification and validation; continuous improvement and communication; and continuous learning experience, to say the least.  Lori earned her CBAP® designation in 2018. She lives in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) with her husband and two little girls.  She enjoys spending all her spare time with them no matter the activity, reading books, walking outside or just having a lazy day at home. Lori's goal, as Vice President of Membership, is to make all members feel welcomed and engaged, and benefit from each interaction with the Bluegrass Chapter.

    Retta Witter as the new Vice President of Professional Development. Retta is a Consultant with J. Geiger Consulting with over 20 years of Business and Information Technology experience implementing ERP systems.  She has earned her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and her MBA degree from University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. She lives in Kimberly, Wisconsin with her husband, son and dog.  In her free time, she loves hiking, photography and volunteers her time with the youth at her church. Retta wishes to help IT professionals understand all the opportunity available and help them increase their skills so they can achieve their career goals.

    Also as a result of April's elections, Bill Powers was reelected into his position as Vice President of Marketing and Communications and Aaron Whittenberger moved over from Professional Development to the Vice President of Administration and Finance.

    We wish to thank our outgoing officers for their service and wish them all the very best in their future endeavors. So thank you Judeth Tarter who served as Vice President of Community Outreach and Engagement, and Diane Teague who served as Vice President of Membership. We truly thank you for all you did for this Chapter.

    If you see any of our new chapter leaders at a chapter event be sure to chat them up and congratulate them on their new role.

  • Friday, June 25, 2021 2:09 PM | Recognition IIBA Bluegrass (Administrator)

    Congratulations to our newest IIBA® Certifications recipient!

               

    David Christy, ECBA, CBDA

    David Christy accumulated 19 years experience at John Deere, with a strong emphasis in Business Analysis and Data Analytics for most of that career. Beginning as technical support for their proprietary, mainframe based purchasing system, he advanced with increasing responsibility. His most exciting achievement to date has been collaborating with IT and many business departments to create a self service real time data analytics environment leveraging the SAP HANA platform, which improved the work-life balance of thousands of employees around the world by affording them unprecedented access to their own data. Activities described in the BABOK were instrumental in the success of that project, along with many others. 

    David passed the IIBA® Entry Certificate in Business Analysis (ECBA) exam on Wednesday, September 16, 2021. Then the IIBA® Certification in Business Data Analytics (IIBA®-CBDA) exam the next week on Wednesday, June 23, 2021.  He took the CBDA Study Group provided by the Bluegrass IIBA Chapter earlier this month.  David wanted to get the ECBA and CBDA Certifications both for professional validation of his past experience and to gain professional networking for future professional development.

    David lives in Hebron, KY with wife Dora Beth, and their four children. After a brief term of service at Answers in Genesis he is currently looking for where God wants to use his talents next. He is currently volunteering at a local clothing ministry and finding no organization is too small to put the BA and BDA concepts and practices to work. You may connect with David on LinkedIn, here.


  • Thursday, June 10, 2021 9:37 AM | Professional Development IIBA Bluegrass (Administrator)


    IIBA® has extended its Certification in Business Data Analytics exam fee discount offer until July 31, 2021*. Purchase the exam before the end of day on July 31st to receive the discounted exam fees.  

    The Certification in Business Data Analytics (IIBA®-CBDA) recognizes your ability to effectively execute analysis related work in support of business analytics initiatives.

    For more information, please see the [IIBA®-CBDA Certification page].

    *Terms & Conditions: The discounted exam fee offer is applicable when you purchase the IIBA®-CBDA exam between March 25 to July 31, 2021 and applies to the IIBA®-CBDA exam and exam rewrite fees. Note: the exam can not be taken the same day as the exam fee purchase.

  • Tuesday, June 08, 2021 4:24 PM | Professional Development IIBA Bluegrass (Administrator)

      

    Bluegrass IIBA Chapter is offering a Product Ownership Analysis Study Group to assist those interested in getting the new IIBA® Certificate in Product Ownership Analysis. IIBA is offering a 100% exam fees rebate to IIBA Members who sit for the exam on or before June 30, 2021. See the details of this new certificate and the rebate offer from IIBA on the IIBA website [click here].

    The Bluegrass IIBA Product Ownership Analysis Study Group starts this Friday, June 11th, and will end on Wednesday, June 23rd. There are five (5) 3-hour study sessions in this study group. This will give IIBA Members seven (7) days left in the month to sit for the certification exam. The exam can be scheduled prior to the study group ending. You will have to wait for 48 hours after scheduling the exam to be able to take the exam. So do schedule it early, at least before June 28, 2021.

    See details of the chapter's POA study Group at the link below.

    Bluegrass IIBA Product Ownership Analysis Study Group 

  • Wednesday, June 02, 2021 2:55 PM | Aaron Whittenberger, CBAP, CSPO, AAC (Administrator)


    IIBA is excited to officially announce the launch of the Certificate in Product Ownership Analysis (IIBA®-CPOA).

    This certificate recognizes the integration of Business Analysis and Product Ownership with an Agile mindset to maximizing value. It provides the opportunity to acquire essential POA concepts needed to navigate the challenges associated with creating successful products. 

    Learn More

    Free Exam:
    Limited Time Offer


    IIBA is pleased to extend a Member exclusive exam rebate for the Certificate in Product Ownership Analysis (IIBA®-CPOA).

    Active Members get the IIBA®-CPOA exam at no cost when you purchase and write the exam between June 1 to 30, 2021*.

    Get Started

    No special codes are required. Current Members simply pay for and write the exam during the promotional period and a 100% rebate will be applied

    Find out more about this exclusive exam rebate in the FAQs.

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  • Monday, May 31, 2021 5:23 PM | Recognition IIBA Bluegrass (Administrator)

     Congratulations to our newest CBAP recipient!

         

                                 Stuart Edeal, CBAP

    Stuart Edeal is a Solution Architect at Thrivent Financial. He has 25 years of business analysis, technical writing, and technical support experience in many industries and focused the last 12 years of expertise in the Salesforce.com domain.  In addition to obtaining his CBAP® certification he holds ITILv3 certification and many (22 to date) Salesforce-specific certifications. 

    Stuart passed the IIBA® Certified Business Analysis Professional (CBAP®) Certification exam on Saturday, May 29, 2021.  He took the BABOK Study Group provided by the Bluegrass IIBA Chapter during summer 2020.  Stuart wanted to get the CBAP® Certification for personal satisfaction and professional development.  

    Stuart lives in St Paul, MN with wife Diane, and son Frank.  Stuart serves on the CTE Advisory Board for the St Paul School District as a technology industry advisor, and volunteers for the local high schools in helping further career pathways for Minnesota students.

    Check out the next Bluegrass IIBA BABOK Study Group.


  • Thursday, May 27, 2021 5:44 PM | Recognition IIBA Bluegrass (Administrator)


    On Wednesday, May 26, 2021; the Bluegrass IIBA Chapter welcomed three new members to the Bluegrass Business Analysis Hall of Fame (BBAHoF). Inducted into the Hall of Fame as the Class of 2021, were Elizabeth Larson, CBAP, CSM, PMP; Rich Larson, CBAP, PMP, PBA; and Lorelea Roberts.

    Elizabeth and Rich Larson co-founded Watermark Learning in 1992. Since then has grown it to be the premier training organization, delivering training, coaching and certification preparation in Business Analysis, Agile, Business Relationship Management, Business Process Management, and Leadership and Influencing Skills. Watermark Learning is an Endorsed Education Provider for IIBA. Elizabeth and Rich have presented at IIBA chapters and other organizations, including at BBC, the official conference of IIBA, for many years. They wrote the CBAP Study Guide that the chapter uses in their BABOK Study Group and many BA professionals have used to prepare for the certification exam. 

    Lorelea Roberts is a Business Analysis Manager at Humana in Louisville, KY. She has been involved in professional development of business analysts at Humana for many years.

  • Monday, May 24, 2021 8:43 AM | Recognition IIBA Bluegrass (Administrator)


    Congratulations to our newest Certified Agile Business Analyst!!!

         

                              April Llames, AAC

    I have been a Business Analyst for 5 years now, and although I did not come from a computer science / IT-related background in college, I was able to secure a Business Analyst position which helped me grow and learn more about the world of business analysis. As part of the PMO team in our firm, handling global IT projects, I knew I had to gain credibility and expand my knowledge, so I decided to get the IIBA® Agile Analysis Certification at my own personal expense. I truly value learning and self improvement, that's why I deem this certification as an 'investment' for my career. This is my first time taking an IIBA exam, and although I was trained in "agile scrum" methodology before and practicing it in our team, I still had a lot to learn from the module.

    To be honest, I thought the certification exam was going to be easy and that my first-hand experience doing 'agile' was already enough for me to pass the exam. Boy, was I wrong! One should be able to understand the terms really well as they are in the IIBA Agile Extension to the BABOK®, and how it can be applied to everyday scenario. I did not enroll on any training vendor courses and relied on self-study, so I didn’t really realize how well I was doing during my review. Luckily, Bluegrass IIBA Chapter Community reached out to me and offered help. Aaron Whittenberger was generous and kind to give me practical tips, study sheets and even access to their mock-up exam. The study materials as well as the practice exam were so helpful as they guided me in those areas I need to focus on and prepare for the actual exam. I probably wouldn't have passed the exam if it weren’t for the study materials and the support of Bluegrass IIBA Chapter. 

    So my advice to anyone who wish to take the IIBA Agile Analysis certification exam is:

    1. Do not take your review for granted. It doesn't mean that if you are already familiar with the agile concept, then you can easily pass the exam. There are still concepts that you need to know and how they apply to a typical work scenario.
    2. Know your capacity to study and schedule your study times. For me, I gave myself a 3-month study duration that included reading the book 3 times, going over it again and again to take notes, and familiarize the concepts.
    3. Find an IIBA chapter who can assist you with your review by joining in their study groups, accessing their study materials. 
    4. Take a mock exam multiple times so you will know how the actual exam will look like and will help you in studying as well.
    5. On the day of your exam, log in at least 20-30 minutes ahead of your scheduled time as your identification will need to be verified by your proctor, as well as your environment while taking the exam. Put all of your things away, and make sure your desk is clean. Nobody may interrupt or enter the room while you are taking the exam.

    I hope my experience and tips would help other people prepare for their exam as well. Best wishes!


  • Tuesday, May 04, 2021 8:36 PM | Community IIBA Bluegrass (Administrator)


    This is the fifth consecutive IIBA global survey. Annually, IIBA reaches out to the global analysis community (both Members and non-Members) to collect insights from business analysis professionals on everything from salary to demographics to top skill sets and certification trends. This year IIBA has made some key changes to make the survey report its most comprehensive yet. 

    The final survey report provides anonymous data-driven analysis and best practices for business analysis professionals around the world. With global participation we can provide regional insights to help professionals and organizations look at salary, role maturity, certification, core competencies, and much more.  

    The global survey and report provide a recognized benchmark of salary and career trends for business analysis and related analysis professionals. 

    The survey closes June 4th, and your participation is important. 

    This year’s survey invites you to share your experience and have your say. IIBA is looking for your input and invites you to take part in this confidential survey to uncover salary and career trends for business analysis around the world.


  • Wednesday, March 31, 2021 8:27 AM | Recognition IIBA Bluegrass (Administrator)

    Congratulations to our newest CBAP® Recipient...Bogdan Superceanu!

        

    Bogdan Superceanu, MD, MHI passed the IIBA® CBAP® Certification exam on Sunday, March 21, 2021!  He took the BABOK Study Group provided by the Bluegrass IIBA Chapter during summer 2020.

    Bogdan is a Business Analyst at CGI Group Inc.  He has a Master of Health Informatics (MHI) and 15+ years of Healthcare IT industry experience.  Bogdan was involved for a long time with a suite of healthcare applications that link physicians, pharmacies, and health facilities to enable the electronic exchange of medication information.  He worked in application development, application maintenance/support and systems integration using the HL7 standard for healthcare applications interoperability.

    Bogdan lives in Edmonton, Canada with wife Daniela, and son Andi. 


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