Bluegrass IIBA Chapter announces that their chapter membership has reached 60 for the first time in its five (5) year history. “It has been a challenge to get membership to this level, and I feel that the way we price our events have helped us reach this milestone” says Aaron Whittenberger, Vice President of Professional Development. Aaron continues to explain, “We currently have a BABOK Study Group going on and have 31 participants in that study group. Many of them were already chapter members, some were members of IIBA® (International Institute of Business Analysis) and joined our chapter to get the discount for participating in the study group. We price our events to bring out that membership value.”
Bluegrass IIBA Chapter has an Agile Analysis Study Group beginning on August 13, 2019, for those interested in studying for the IIBA® Agile Analysis Certification (IIBA®-AAC) or just learning the content of the Agile Extension of the BABOK® Guide. The study group will teach the finer points of the Analyst role in the agile framework. Again, it will be priced to encourage chapter membership or Annual Pass purchase.
One of the great benefits of participating in Bluegrass IIBA Chapter events, if you are not in Lexington, Kentucky, is that the chapter broadcasts and records all our chapter meetings and most of our events. The chapter has the Kentuckiana Branch in Louisville, Kentucky. A group congregates there in Louisville and participates in the chapter meetings and events. Occasionally, the speaker is actually in Louisville. You don’t have to be a chapter member, or member of IIBA, to participate in chapter events; just register for the events you wish to participate in. All recordings are posted to the members-only section of the website so that members can review them later.
Along with the 60 chapter members, Bluegrass IIBA Chapter has six (6) people who have purchased the Annual Pass from the chapter. The Annual Pass is not membership, but it gives you some (not all) benefits of membership; such as free attendance to chapter meetings and deep discounts to other chapter events, but it does not give you access to member-only content and resources. The Annual Pass was developed for those that don’t want to join the parent association, IIBA; but wants the benefits of a closer relationship with Bluegrass IIBA Chapter.
“There are more people that we can reach” says Aaron Whittenberger. There are far more than 60 business analysis professionals in Lexington alone. Possibly triple that many in Louisville. This doesn’t go to mention Owensboro, Bowling Green and other places in the state of Kentucky. Aaron continued “We want to reach these professionals and raise awareness of the benefits, events and resources we have available that will help them advance their own careers.”
If you are interested in connecting with Bluegrass IIBA Chapter, join their email list to receive notifications of upcoming events and news from the chapter.
Congratulations to the first person from Bluegrass IIBA Chapter to obtain the IIBA®-AAC Agile Analysis Certification...
Bill Phillips, CBAP, PSM, AAC is a Business Analysis Consultant in Lexington and an IIBA® member with over 30 years of experience delivering value to his client base. His engagements have included a wide variety of business sectors including retail petroleum, higher education, hardware, life and health insurance, public health and highway transportation.
He has focused on Agile delivery since 2013 and has served as a Product Owner on multiple international teams simultaneously, showing that he is an early adopter of agile principles. Bill earned the Certified Business Analysis Professional™ (CBAP®) certification as part of the SQS-Rural USA business analysis consulting team in 2016. He passed the Agile Analysis (IIBA®-AAC) certification exam yesterday. Bill plans to promote IIBA as a leader in the Agile community, showing the Agile Mindset applies well beyond delivery only. You can connect with Bill on LinkedIn.
Congratulations to Bill on achieving this career milestone!
Bluegrass IIBA Chapter announces new community support from R.J. Corman Railroad Group. “We’re excited to see the commitment to the community and professional education that R.J. Corman shows in this sponsorship” says LeShai Phelps, Vice President of Sponsorship for Bluegrass IIBA Chapter. “Community involvement was very important to our founder, Rick Corman, and that commitment still exists in the company today”, says Richard Power, Business Analyst for R.J. Corman Railroad Group.
Richard J. (Rick) Corman started his business after graduating from Jessamine County High School, in Nicholasville, KY, in 1973. The company is still headquartered there today and employs 1,700 employees in 22 states. The company’s operations encompass an array of services, including: railroad construction, short line railroad operations, dispatch, industrial switching services, emergency response, track material logistics, distribution centers, signal design and construction and an excursion dinner train. The company’s diversity has given them the ability to service all aspects of the freight railroad industry at any scale. R.J. Corman also encourages employee health and community involvement. In support of these ideas, the company hosts and sponsors numerous community-wide events, including its traditional Fourth of July fireworks celebration and 5k races that benefit employees and their families, as well as local charities and organizations.
Bluegrass IIBA Chapter is dedicated to the advancement of the business analysis profession in the Bluegrass state of Kentucky. Bringing awareness of best in class educational resources for business analysis professionals supports that mission. Bluegrass IIBA Chapter is dedicated to assisting business analysts advance their careers. This brings awareness of the value that business analysts provide organizations in the Bluegrass state and throughout the world.
Darrell Zuercher, PMP, CBAP, CSM, SSM
Chapter Leadership Position:
Vice President of Membership
Darrell Zuercher is the incoming Vice President of Membership for the Bluegrass IIBA Chapter. He has been a member of the chapter since March 2018 after moving to the Louisville, KY area.
As an Atlanta native, Darrell grew up in the deep South, graduating from college in Atlanta and graduate school in Tennessee. Between those two accomplishments, he fled to the Pacific Northwest. He began his IT career in a college library, before moving on to home improvement stores and income tax preparation.
In 2002, after the tech bubble burst, he returned to Tennessee to open his own writing services business. He became a journalist for a local weekly paper and a regional business journal, wrote marketing material for local companies, including websites. With an opportunity to work in the electric utility industry, he spent 13 years on a six-month contract. From there, he moved into the logistics domain just over a year ago. Through it all, he has focused on communication: data entry, technical writing, Scrum Master, and business analysis.
A life-long learner, Darrell has worked to improve his skills throughout his career. As a result, he has obtained the Certified Business Analysis Professional™ (CBAP®), Project Management Professional (PMP®), Certified Scrum Master® (CSM® [Scrum Alliance]), and SAFe Scrum Master (SSM [Scaled Agile Academy]). He has put his training to use, serving as a team Scrum Master for three award-winning teams. He also coaches Agile and SAFe practitioners, answering their questions regarding the role of business analysis in those frameworks.
When not working, Darrell enjoys writing, playing and watching sports, attending concerts, collecting stamps, role-playing games, and antiques shopping. These activities have also added depth to his career, teaching him to identify relationships, see from different perspectives, value teamwork, and notice details.
Darrell and his wife, Kelley, have been married since 2010 and have recently moved to Louisville from Chattanooga, Tennessee. We are still exploring the area and welcome recommendations.
What would you like Bluegrass IIBA Chapter to do for the community and business analysis professionals?
My vision for any professional organization is to provide resources to practitioners so that they can provide more value in their positions. This was true for me as a member of the Society for Technical Communication, and it is true with the Project Management Institute and the International Institute of Business Analysis.
As the saying goes, “All politics is local” (Tip O’Neill), so I see it with professional organizations. All benefits are local benefits. The Bluegrass Chapter, with the Kentuckiana Branch, has an opportunity to improve the quality of business in an entire region of the country. With Business Analysts in Louisville and Lexington, Kentucky, as well as in southern Indiana, the chapter’s influence is far-reaching. I would like to see its benefits follow.
The chapter provides training for CBAP certification, but the response to the notifications indicates that either too few Business Analysts have the required experience for the CBAP or they do not recognize the benefit of the certification. I would like to see the chapter evangelize the certification benefits more.
With Louisville being the largest population center in the state of Kentucky, I would also like to see the chapter do more to raise awareness to the benefits that the IIBA—through the chapter—provides to the profession and its practitioners. The panel discussion at the University of Louisville was a good attempt at doing that, but I have not seen much follow-up with the attendees. Perhaps I have not been attentive. We have had a few visitors at our chapter meetings but have not been successful in retaining them. I would like the chapter to improve upon that, as well.
As the incoming Vice President of Membership, I look forward in working with the other board members to expand our membership through outreach events, training opportunities, and networking with non-members, so that the Bluegrass Chapter becomes the first resource Business Analysts consider for professional development or guidance.
Bluegrass IIBA Chapter and Adaptive US, Inc. announce business partnership.
On March 1, 2019, Bluegrass IIBA Chapter and Adaptive US joined forces to bring new resources to business analysis professionals in and around the great Commonwealth of Kentucky. “I am very excited about the partnership with Adaptive US. The information is presented in fun and easy to understand methods. I look forward to our future endeavors.”, says LeShai Phelps, Vice President of Sponsorship for Bluegrass IIBA Chapter. Ananya Pani, Director and Co-founder of Adaptive US added, “We are excited to be working with Bluegrass Chapter as a partner. Bluegrass Chapter opens marketing channels in Kentucky and US for us. This collaboration will surely be beneficial to both organizations going forward.”
According to Aaron Whittenberger, CBAP, CSPO, Vice President of Professional Development for the Bluegrass IIBA Chapter, “Adaptive US has resources that will allow the chapter to provide our community an Agile Analysis Study Group for the first time.” Adaptive US has an Agile Analysis Study Guide, online question bank and courses to assist business analysis professionals in obtaining the IIBA-AAC certification. This certification is based on the Agile Extension to the BABOK Guide v2. Aaron added, “We feel that can have some AAC certified professionals in our area by end of the year using these materials.” Kathy Leigh, President of the Bluegrass IIBA Chapter added, “This allows the Chapter to be the champion of promoting agile approach to software development in the region.”
Adaptive US is the world’s leading business analysis solutions organization which helps participants and organizations succeed in their quest for prestigious IIBA certifications. It is the largest BA publisher and assessments provider in the world and a premier partner to IIBA in Canada. They provide CBAP, CCBA, ECBA and AAC online training, question banks, study guides, simulators, flashcards, audiobooks, digital learning packs across the globe. With a success rate of over 97%, Adaptive’s success guaranteed training programs are immensely popular in the market. Adaptive US’ mission is to help their participants and clients succeed in their business analysis career and endeavor.
Bluegrass IIBA Chapter is dedicated to the advancement of the business analysis profession in the Bluegrass state of Kentucky. Bringing awareness of best in class resources for business analysis professionals to obtain IIBA certification promotes that mission. Bluegrass IIBA Chapter will continue to advance awareness of best in class resources for business analysts to help them advance their careers. This brings awareness of the value that business analysts provide organizations in the Bluegrass state and throughout the world.
Our Site is Now Secure!
In continuing efforts to serve our community we have added a security certificate to our website that now secures all traffic to and from our website.
It was reported to us a few days ago that a community member didn't feel secure in registering for an event since our website traffic was not encrypted for security. In response, we added the security that encrypts all traffic to and from the website. We hope this gives everyone in the community a comfort level that hackers will not steal their information because they interacted with our website. Now as you visit http://bluegrass.iiba.org, you will notice that the URL address is automatically changed to https://bluegrass.iiba.org. Yes, "s" for security!
You don't have to do anything different than what you have always done to get this layer of security. It has been added to our website and comes into effect on the first, and every page, you visit. Our settings have been updated to "Always" secure traffic.
You don't have to worry about past monetary transactions that you have done on our website, and fear that your credit card information or PayPal password is at risk. We have always secured financial transactions. We have upgraded that security to all traffic. So now your personal contact information and passwords are secure.
We hope this makes you feel more comfortable engaging with Bluegrass IIBA Chapter, taking part in our programs, doing business with us, or just visiting our website.
Congratulations to our newest Certified Business Analysis Professional™ (CBAP®)
Bluegrass IIBA chapter would like to congratulate Jonathan Hill of Louisville on receiving the CBAP Designation in December 2018.
Jonathan was born in New Albany, IN and went to Floyd Central High School and joined the Air Force in 1983 after graduation.
Air Force - Personnel Specialist, German Linguist, Electronic Security Analyst.
Humana - Systems Analyst, Business Analyst, Senior Business Systems Analyst
Community College of the Air Force - Associates Degree in Intelligence Collection
University of Maryland - BS General Management
Regis University- MS Computer Information Systems.
Bluegrass IIBA Chapter announces a membership promotion to encourage business professionals who live or work in the great Commonwealth of Kentucky, Southeast Indiana or Burlington, VT area to participate in the chapter program and gain membership from that participation.
Beginning with tomorrow’s IIBA® Certification Screen-side Chat webinar, with every event in which you participate will get two things:
Entered into an annual drawing for valuable membership prizes, and
A character toward a discount code that will get you a $12 discount on a new or renewal of your Chapter Membership or Annual Pass (after just a few events you will have the entire discount code for the $12 discount).
Every chapter event will get you a character of the discount code. Chapter events include chapter meetings, IIBA Certification Screen-side Chat webinars, IIBA Certification Mentoring Social Event, Online BA Gaming, BAs on the Street webinar, Workshops, BABOK® Study Group, or any other event the chapter provides.
As mentioned, each event gets your name into a drawing for valuable membership prizes. If you attend three events between January and June 2019, you will have three entries into the drawing to be held in July 2019. If you attended seven events, you will have seven entries into the drawing and the entire discount code for $12 off your Chapter Membership or Annual Pass.
So now I know you are asking what prizes can I win. Well how do these prizes sound:
1 Grand Prize = IIBA International and Bluegrass IIBA Chapter Membership ($161 Value)
2 Second Prizes = Participate in a Bluegrass IIBA Chapter Study Group for free ($50 - $150 Value)
3 Third Prizes = Bluegrass Chapter Membership or Annual Pass ($36 - $60 Value)
4 Fourth Prizes = $25 Texas Roadhouse Gift Card ($25 Value)
Open to business professionals that live or work in Kentucky, Southeast Indiana or Burlington, VT area.
One person will win the Grand prize, two people will win the Second prize, three people will win the Third prize, and four people will win the Fourth prize.
You can win only one prize.
The more events you attend, the more entries you have in the drawing.
All chapter events between January through June 2019 gives you an entry into the drawing.
You can use the $12 off discount code on a new or renewal of your current Chapter Membership or Annual Pass. Chapter Membership requires that you be an IIBA International Association Member.
Chapter leaders are not eligible for Grand Prize, but are eligible for the other prizes.
Prize drawing will be held in July 2019 and prize winners will be notified immediately after the drawing.
Continually visit our Events Page to see chapter events. Events are added all the time. Any questions about this program may be directed to me at Membership@bluegrass.iiba.org.
Have you noticed the new look and feel of the International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA®) website (http://www.iiba.org)?
The first time you visit the website you have the option to take a guided tour that shows you the available options of the website. That tour ends with a notice that the current website is a “minimal viable product” and more content and options will be added in the near future. However, certainly with the current website, IIBA has brought their website into the 21st century.
This new website is due to a change in the Association Management System (AMS) by IIBA. The AMS is the main content management system (CMS) for IIBA. This new system will allow for greater sharing of information between IIBA and its chapters, including Bluegrass IIBA Chapter.
Bluegrass IIBA Chapter will be able to create events that will be shared on the IIBA website. This will not change the process that these events will be listed on the Bluegrass IIBA website (http://bluegrass.iiba.org) and shared on social media.
Although IIBA has always shared member and contact information with chapters, it has never been able to have chapter membership information from the chapters. This new AMS system not only makes this possible, but it will soon allow members to pay their international and local chapter membership dues in one transaction. At this point it will be important that your chapter affiliation is correct on the IIBA website.
To check, and update, your chapter affiliation log into the IIBA website at http://www.iiba.org. Once you are logged in, click the little person character next to 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. Change this to “USA_Kentucky_Bluegrass” if it doesn’t already say that.
Then scroll down to the bottom of the profile and click the ‘Save Profile Information’ button.
Bluegrass IIBA Chapter has members and participants in Indiana, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Idaho. Since Bluegrass IIBA Chapter broadcasts and records all its meetings and these people do not have an IIBA chapter near them, they are able to participate in our programs. We also have a person that was an original member in Lexington in 2013. He shortly thereafter moved to Florida. He is connected to a chapter there, but has also maintained his membership with Bluegrass IIBA Chapter as well.
By checking and updating your chapter affiliation on the IIBA website you can assure you get news and information about your preferred chapter; and when that ability to pay your international and local membership dues on one transaction becomes available, you will be paying the correct local dues. Take a couple of minutes and check it now!
Andrew works as a Business Analyst for NTT Data and the Commonwealth of Kentucky, supporting the Medicaid Waiver Management Application. He has several years of experience in Business Analysis and Project Management. Some of his specialties are data analysis, SQL report writing, technical support, business process improvement and QA / UAT testing.
Andrew discovered the field of Business Analysis after several years of working in ministry and operations management. The more he learned about business analysis, the more he grew to love it and realized it was an ideal field for him. It allowed him to use his love for technology to help make IT projects and people successful.
Getting certified in business analysis was the natural and necessary
next step. He participated in both the 2017 BABOK v3 Study Group and
the 2018 BABOK v3 Study Group, provided by Bluegrass IIBA Chapter, and
passed the CCBA exam on Monday, September 17, 2018.
You can connect with Andrew at Bluegrass IIBA meetings or on LinkedIn.
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