Scrum, being the most widely used of the agile approaches, was the naturally methodology for Aaron to study when his interest in agile was peaked. Aaron understood the scrum framework at a high level and knew that there is no business analyst on the scrum team. The scrum team is a self-organized, cross-functional team empowered to deliver incrementally improved product through sprints of four weeks or less. There are two additional roles that work directly with the scrum team, the Scrum Master and the Product Owner. Both are there to support the scrum team and make them as productive as possible. So where does the Business Analyst fit in this environment?
Aaron felt that the business analysis skill set works tremendously well with creating and grooming a product backlog. Understanding business need, clarifying and communicating requirements are skills needed to work with a product backlog. The Product Owner is responsible for the product backlog and therefore need these skills.
KEP Training is an education provider in Louisville, Kentucky; providing training in agile, cyber security, process management and VMware. CEO, Anna Kepshire says they are looking into providing training for business analysis. KEP Training organizes and hosts the premier Agile conference in Louisville, the Derby City Agile Conference; which will be on June 15th this year.
Judeth Tarter, CBAP
Vice President of Community Outreach
Judeth has been a member of the Bluegrass IIBA since March 2016. After becoming a member, she became interested in obtaining her CBAP (Certified Business Analysis Professional) Certification. She participated in a BABOK (Business Analysis Body of Knowledge) study group, which was offered through our Bluegrass Chapter's Professional Development Program. She received her certification in August 2016.
As VP of Community Outreach for our chapter, Judeth continues to support the growth of business analysis and our chapter throughout the Bluegrass region. Through her involvement with community events, she was an essential source in our IIBA Chapter Award for 2017, Community Outreach Award.
Judeth graduated from Florida Atlantic University with a Bachelors in Electrical Engineering. After graduation, she began a journey in the telecommunications industry as a Testing Engineer. For the next 25+ years in IT, Judeth fulfilled many diverse positions including Test, Management, Sales, PLM, and Business Analysis within the Software Development Lifecycle.
She is currently a Business Analyst for a consulting company in Lexington, KY. Her current duties includes providing Software Testing and Quality Managed services to customers.
Bluegrass IIBA Chapter is proud to announce the launch of the Kentuckiana IIBA Branch, which will bring IIBA meetings back to Louisville, KY. Kentuckiana Branch will serve the business communities in and around Louisville Kentucky and Southeast Indiana. You may check out what is going on at the Kentuckiana Branch on their website homepage. Kentuckiana will hold its initial meetings at TEKsystems at 700 North Hurstborne Parkway. The initial meeting will be held on Wednesday, February 21, 2018 on the topic of Coaching Skills for Business Analysts during elicitation activities. Any professional interested in business analysis in the Kentuckiana area is welcome to join the networking and educational experience of this and all future events of the Kentuckiana IIBA Branch.
Solarity has recently become an Endorsed Education Provider (EEP) with the International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA)®, enabling the local business analysis community to have access to learning events that are aligned with the global standard for business analysis – a Guide to the Business Analysis Body of Knowledge (BABOK® Guide). Additionally, we have scheduled our first authorized CBAP® boot camp, which will be held in late March:
CBAP® Certification Preparation v3.0 : March 26 – 29
Additionally, Solarity will offer a 20% enrollment discount to all Bluegrass IIBA chapter members and sponsors.
Check out Solarity's website for more information and/or to register.
Joann Sims, CBAP
Vice President of Membership
Joann has been a member of the Bluegrass IIBA Chapter since March 2016. She gained interest in the chapter in 2014 while serving as a Project Manager/Business Analyst for Kentucky State Government. After accepting a position with a company in Lexington in 2015, the Business Analysis Practice Manager encouraged the Business Analysts to secure the CBAP (Certified Business Analysis Professional) certification. She joined the chapter after being recruited by Aaron Whittenberger where she accepted the position of Vice-President of Membership and participated in a BABOK (Business Analysis Body of Knowledge) study group offered by the chapter’s Professional Development Program. She earned her CBAP certification in September 2016.
Joann began her career as a Programmer Analyst/Project Leader after earning a degree in Data Processing Technology from the Lexington Technical Institute at the University of Kentucky. She has 20+ years of experience across several business verticals including Healthcare, Insurance, Finance, State Government, Transportation, Technology, Not-For-Profit, and Retail and has served in various roles in
Information Technology and Digital Transformation over the years including Programmer/Analyst, Systems Analyst, Business Analyst, Data Analyst, Process Analyst, Project Leader, Project Manager, and Strategic Business Consultant.
Joann is currently serving at a major healthcare organization as a Strategic Business Consultant in their BBAC (Business Analysis Competency Center) enabling RPA (Robotic Process Automation) for increased revenue and decreased costs in Pharmacy and across the enterprise as a whole.
Joann is happiest partnering with businesses to grow and improve their business analysis discipline, solve problems, and improve processes both operationally and technically at both enterprise and departmental levels. She knows successful business analysis outcomes are a product of gaining an excellent understanding of both the business and technology while truly connecting with the people you’re trying to help and communicating your understanding back to them for validation. She is a life-long learner and enjoys cross-functional work that offers strategic planning opportunities. Her experience in mainframe, web-based, and vendor systems along with her background in development and analysis give her the edge needed to perform at the enterprise level.
In her free time, she enjoys serving not-for-profit organizations. In addition to serving on the Board of Directors of the Bluegrass IIBA Chapter as VP of Membership, she partners with the Alzheimer’s Association on fundraising efforts and serves on the Western Kentucky University Mahurin Honors College Parents Advisory Council. She also enjoys practicing yoga, trying out new recipes in the kitchen, running 5Ks, and hanging out with friends and family, especially her two young adult children.
The Bluegrass IIBA Chapter would like to thank Sasha Bowlby of Sash & Bow. She welcomed us into her shop on Walton Ave in Lexington, KY for the second edition of our Small Business Speaker Series, devised by our very own Judeth Tarter, Vice President of Community Outreach. The series is designed to socialize entrepreneurs and business analysts in the Bluegrass area. The open discussion helps both professions gain an understanding of how small business owners and analysts have very similar job tasks and accountabilities.
Sasha was prepared for Judeth’s interrogation on how she turned her passion for fashion into an actual business. She discussed how quality analysis, quality control, and attention to detail were some critical business analysis techniques she uses to help keep her business flourishing. After we ended, Sasha gave us an exclusive tour of her hand-tailored store front and allowed us to do a little shopping.
Once again, our Community of Outreach hosted an enlightening event through the Small Business Speakers Series. Not only did Sasha turn a life-long passion into a suitable business, catering to women in all walks of life. She has done so by executing many of the same methodologies we use as business analysts. As an analyst, we analyze the quality of products and services and make modifications where needed. Sasha finds herself using this one a lot. We would like to wish Sasha the best!
Visit Sasha’s website for more information on Sash & Bow
The IIBA Global Business Analysis Core Standard is for individuals and organizations interested in accessing the core fundamental practices of business analysis.
The Core Standard covers:
Bluegrass IIBA Chapter in Lexington, KY was once again recognized for excellence by the International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA®) during IIBA Chapter Awards ceremony on Tuesday evening, November 7, 2017; at their Building Business Capability Conference in Orlando, Florida.
Bluegrass IIBA Chapter won the Community Outreach Award this year for their efforts to reach out to UK Healthcare, State Government, students and faculty at Sullivan University and Bluegrass Community and Technical College (BCTC), and the communities of Louisville and Owensboro. Other chapter activities that were recognized in their winning of this award included the launch of their Small Business Speaker Series, which they continue next week; holding a CIO Panel discussion involving CIOs from businesses in the community; and establishing a new SMS text messaging service as a new way to inform people of their events and activities.
IIBA has over 120 chapters worldwide and recognizes chapters for excellence in eight (8) categories at their annual Building Business Capability conference. IIBA received over 60 nominations for chapter awards this year and handed out these recognitions:
2017 Award Winner
Chapter of the Year
Last year, Bluegrass won the Innovation Award and received Honorable Mention for the Innovation Award in 2015.
We kicked off our Small Business Series in January 2017 with an interview with the proprietors of Cork and Barrel, Jim and Bev Taylor. They hosted an open question and answer session to help determine the similarities of an entrepreneurship to being an analyst or project manager. We discussed how some of the techniques we execute in our daily professions are utilized and how best practices are applied to manage, support, and fulfil customer demands for good service and tasty products. Some of the techniques discussed were brainstorming, Agile planning, and SWOT analysis. In keeping up with the growth for great distilled spirits, the Taylors determined additional space was needed. They mentioned they were expanding to a second location. After much anticipation, the owners finally opened at the Bluegrass Airport this summer…..BEHIND security! Not only is this great news that our local small businesses are expanding, but visitors all over the world will be able to conveniently take a little bit of Kentucky home with them on the plane without worrying about checking bags. I know my carryon luggage just got heavier! Because of this special location, they will be offering some exclusive products only carried at this site. Stop by the next time you have a flight and say hi and grab some goodies to go!
We invite you to read the Bluegrass Airport Press release for more details on the opening of Cork & Barrel’s second location. Please enjoy shopping local and remember to drink responsibly!
Vice President of Sponsorship
Kathy joined the Bluegrass IIBA Chapter in 2013 as one of the founding members. She was recruited by Aaron Whittenberger, the first president of Bluegrass Chapter, and was motivated because she wanted to promote Business Analysis in Central Kentucky. Kathy has served on the Board of Directors of the chapter since its inception, as the VP of Sponsorship.
Kathy graduated from the University of Kentucky with a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering (BSCmE) and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration (MBA.) While working at the Institute for Mining and Mineral Research during her MBA studies, Kathy was able to work on her first project, which involved gathering requirements, creating a design, purchasing materials, and selecting and managing vendors to build a coal liquefaction prototype.
Kathy went on to spend 20+ years in Information Technology as a systems analyst for a coal company, the VP of Technology for a consulting firm, the IT Director for a large defense contractor, and as a Sr. Program Manager for a major mattress and bedding manufacturer. Along the way, she managed hundreds of successful technology projects, while acting as the de facto BA, because the job title did not exist in those organizations at the time.
For the last 4 years, she has taught college students in various business management and IT programs.
In her spare time, Kathy volunteers for Junior Achievement, teaching students Financial Literacy, Real Jobs Real World, and other relevant courses at local middle and high schools. She also loves thoroughbred horses and has a beautiful weanling filly by Fusaichi Pegasus (2000 KY Derby winner) out of a Malibu Moon mare.
In May 2017, Kathy was inducted into the Bluegrass Business Analysis Hall of Fame.
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