The Bluegrass IIBA Chapter would like to thank Jim and Bev Taylor of Cork & Barrel for hosting an excellent kick-off to our new Small Business Speaker Series, masterminded by our very own Judeth Tarter, Vice President of Community Outreach. Ideally, the series will help small business owners in the Bluegrass area, like Jim and Bev, understand the similarities of being an entrepreneur and the career of business analysis.
Judeth did an excellent job of preparing questions related to business analysis, quality analysis, quality control, and other questions that identified what techniques The Taylors are currently using, as well as past practices, to successfully operate a small business in this area. While Judeth interrogated (I mean questioned-lol) our panelists, we were able to partake and analyze their products (wines, cheeses, and crackers).
Overall, we all walked away with an understanding that, like Business Analysts, small business owners wear many hats. We analyze the business for strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats (SWOT). We analyze quality of our products and services and make modifications where needed. We prove out our solution(s), which can mean in a Test environment, or in real life.
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SQS Rural USA is located in Lexington Kentucky, the heart of the bluegrass! We tailor our delivery model to meet clients’ unique requirements through a portfolio of options including onsite, near-shore, off- shore and managed services. With Business Analysts, testing and solutions centers around the globe, our hybrid approach combines a local team with the most optimal of these delivery methods. SQS Rural USA maintains a business analysis practice in Lexington.
With the IIBA® certification program changeover coming in September 2016, SQS Rural USA approached Bluegrass IIBA Chapter for help to get their business analysts certified before the changeover. Bluegrass IIBA Chapter provided a CBAP® Study Group during the summer of 2016 in which seven of the SQS business analysts participated. Five of those business analysts are now CBAP® certified, including the practice lead, Cody May. Congratulations also to Bill Phillips, Richard Power, Joann Sims and Judeth Tarter on their accomplishment.
SQS USA's integrated and controlled services are precisely fitted; providing significant advantages in terms of costs, speed and performance. SQS Rural USA and SQS USA, Inc. are subsidiaries of SQS. SQS USA, Inc. is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois.
SQS is the world's leading specialist in software quality, providing end-to-end business process quality assurance for software-based systems. SQS consultants identify and mitigate business risk in technology-led transformations utilizing standardized methodology, industrialized automation solutions, global delivery and deep domain knowledge across multiple industries. Through its specialization, the company provides the objectivity which delivers certainty.
SQS, headquartered in Cologne, Germany, now employs approximately 4,600 staff. SQS has offices in Germany, the UK, Australia, Egypt, Finland, France, India, Ireland, Italy, Malaysia, the Netherlands, Norway, Austria, Singapore, Sweden, Switzerland, South Africa, the UAE and the US. In addition, SQS maintains a minority stake in a company in Portugal.
Aaron Whittenberger, CBAP
Vice President of Professional Development
Director of Technology
Previous Chapter Positions:
Aaron Whittenberger is a frequent speaker at IIBA® and corporate meetings and conferences in the region. He is an avid promoter of IIBA®, Bluegrass IIBA Chapter, business analysis as a profession and the recognition of its practitioners.
Aaron graduated from Wright State University with two Bachelor degrees. He began his career at Dayton Freight Lines as a Corporate Accountant. After two years in Accounting, the CFO noticed that Aaron liked working with the computers so when the company decided to go to the IBM midrange computer he asked Aaron to head up the project. Aaron spent the next three years bringing in and learning the new midrange computer system, bringing in and learning a new freight software package, writing the training manual, and traveling to the eight freight terminals to install computers and train their people on the new system. After getting the company up on the new software package, Aaron learned programming so he could make changes to the software that the company wanted.
After going to a couple more companies, Aaron received a phone call that offered a hefty pay raise to come to Northern Kentucky and become a consultant. After 18 months at his first client he called the consulting firm to inform them that his contract was coming to an end. That is when he found out they were actually an Engineering firm who was trying Information Technology, and was no longer interested in IT. So he found his next client and became an independent consultant.
In 2008, Aaron learned that he was going to have an opportunity to attend a business analyst boot camp training session. So he researched what a business analyst is and what they do. He realized, he has done all this stuff in his career, he has just never held the job title “Business Analyst”. This ignited a passion in him and he knew he found his calling. Later that year he obtained his Certified Business Analysis Professional® (CBAP®) designation.
During five years on the Cincinnati IIBA Chapter Board of Directors, Aaron volunteered to help his friend from Louisville as Deputy Regional Director for IIBA’s Americas Eastern Region. One month later, his friend stepped down as Regional Director raising Aaron to that position.
Realizing the 62nd largest city in the United States – that was in his back yard – didn’t have an IIBA chapter, Aaron reached out through social media to business analysts in and around Lexington to gauge their interest in having an IIBA chapter. Finding a group of interested folks, he worked with them to organize, start and charter the Bluegrass IIBA Chapter. The group made Aaron the first President of the Chapter.
Aaron lives in Independence, Kentucky. He has four sons that live in the area. He often plays golf with one son and his dad. He recently retired from umpiring high school baseball and a couple of years ago played his first ever game of cricket with co-workers.
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International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA®) announced winners of the 2016 Chapter Awards Tuesday evening, November 1, 2016; at their Building Business Capability Conference.
Chapters were recognized for excellence in eight (8) categories. Chapters demonstrated their excellence in these areas throughout the year. All 120 chartered chapters were eligible for awards, and more than 60 nominations were received for chapter awards this year.
Bluegrass IIBA Chapter in Lexington, KY was once again recognized in the area of Innovation. Last year, Bluegrass received Honorable Mention for this award; this year Bluegrass won the award. Innovations like the game "BA Feud", Bluegrass Business Analysis Hall of Fame, BA Talks video series and the role-play at their August chapter meeting made Bluegrass chapter the obvious choice for the Innovation Award.
Bluegrass IIBA Chapter invites the Bluegrass community to come celebrate this award at our annual Winter Networking Social on December 14, 2016.
International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA®) awards chapters for excellence in many categories annually. Last year Bluegrass IIBA Chapter received Honorable Mention for the Innovation Award. The categories change from year to year but the theme of the awards are in Overall Chapter Performance, Alignment with IIBA Goals and Initiatives, Leadership, Innovation and Community Engagement. There are eight award categories this year and Bluegrass IIBA Chapter is once again nominated for the Innovation Award; and this year we have added a nomination for the Chapter Engagement Award. The Innovation Award is awarded to the chapter that demonstrates the greatest example of innovation. The Chapter Engagement is awarded to the chapter that demonstrates the greatest opportunities to engage chapter members and BA professionals within the community. Bluegrass IIBA Chapter is proud to have one of the most innovative programs of all 120+ chapters worldwide that engages our members and organizational change professionals in the Bluegrass region. Chapter Awards will be announced during the Building Business Capability (BBC) Conference, the official conference of IIBA®, on November 1st. Cheer for our chapter to win both of these awards!
International Institute of Business Analysis™ (IIBA®) is pleased to announce the launch of the new IIBA® Certification Program. To meet the growing demands of the global marketplace in the field of business analysis, IIBA has developed this new enhanced, multi-level, competency-based certification program with input from the global business analysis community. It recognizes BA professional's knowledge and skills, and supports their lifelong BA career progression. The new program is aligned with A Guide to the Business Analysis Body of Knowledge® (BABOK® Guide) version 3, the industry's leading and essential standard for business analysis.
Bluegrass IIBA Chapter has resources and learning opportunities to learn the contents of the BABOK® Guide v3, value of the IIBA Certification Program, and prepare to obtain an IIBA Certification. Check out our Certification page or contact our Director of Certification, Eric-Stephan Neill at Certification@bluegrass.iiba.org.
Bluegrass IIBA Chapter as elected to make changes to their membership dues and meeting attendance fees structure to make things easier for their members and sponsors. The following changes will take effect on August 1, 2016:
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The Bluegrass Chapter of IIBA is please to announce the first two inductees into the Bluegrass Business Analysis Hall of Fame, Daryl Keltz and Aaron Whittenberger. The purpose of the Hall of Fame awards are to recognize those individuals within the community that have made significant individual contribution to the business analysis profession within the Bluegrass Region of Central Kentucky. Nominations for the awards were accepted from the community in 3 categories: Service to the Bluegrass IIBA Chapter, Advancement of the Profession in the Bluegrass, and Service to an Organization within the Bluegrass. Two of the three categories did not require membership or affiliation with the Bluegrass IIBA Chapter. Please help us congratulate our 2016 inductees.
Inductee: Daryl Keltz, PMP
Category: Service to Bluegrass IIBA Chapter
Daryl provided great energy and leadership during the formation of the Bluegrass Chapter. He became an inaugural member of the Bluegrass IIBA Chapter and a member of its Board of Directors, as the Vice President of Marketing and Communications in August 2013. Over the next two years, Daryl worked tirelessly to increase the reach of the Chapter by increasing its marketing channels and reaching out to the community to ensure that the Bluegrass IIBA Chapter’s name became widely known in the community.
Daryl was responsible for publishing the chapter events and other chapter news in the local newspapers. He initiated the chapter’s use of social media by establishing accounts with LinkedIn and Twitter. Daryl went beyond his Marketing and Communications duties by seeking out tasks that needed to be accomplished and took it upon himself to accomplish them. He created the first-time and attendee feedback surveys that are now distributed at each chapter event. This allows the chapter leadership to gain feedback on its programs from the participants so that future events will be more valuable. He ensured two-way communication and sharing of promotional material between the IIBA and PMI chapters in Lexington. He also reached out to the local chapter of internal auditors (CKIIA) to open communication and sharing channels.
Daryl was a tremendous asset during the development of the chapter. He was instrumental in helping it grow in reach, membership, and a strong professional development program. Congratulation Daryl! Thank you for all of your hard work.
Inductee: Aaron Whittenberger, CBAP
Category: Advancement of the Profession in the Bluegrass
In the summer of 2013 Aaron reached out to several members of the Lexington business analysis community to gauge their interest in having a local IIBA chapter. Receiving over 70 affirmative responses he organized a meeting with those interested. Over the next several months, he orchestrated the building of the leadership team, beginning of the professional development program, and the development of infrastructure and support services for the newly formed chapter. His passion for business analysis and the IIBA was quickly recognized by the chapter leadership and he was elected the first President of the Chapter.
Aaron was the first of the chapter leaders to represent the chapter when participating in the ITT Technical Institute Program Advisory Committee (PAC). Along with helping ITT Technical Institute develop their curriculum, this helped get the chapter’s name out to the community. He helped the chapter leaders to design and develop a membership and marketing brochure, which the chapter uses to reach organizations within the community to get them involved in the chapter’s programs. Alongside chapter leadership, Aaron helped to organize a CIO Panel discussion to give the community opportunity to interact with and get the perspective from business executives in the community. This event was used to award the chapter’s strongest corporate supporter, Tempur-Sealy. It also helped get Toyota and UK Healthcare involved with the chapter. Aaron helped organize a BABOK v3 Virtual Study Group hosted by the Bluegrass IIBA Chapter. Through his marketing, this study group included participation from individuals in the Bluegrass region, Cincinnati, OH, Burlington, VT, and Nashville, TN.
Aaron continuously brings in regional and national speakers to ensure a strong professional development program for the Bluegrass business analysis community. Aaron led the chapter leadership to develop a Professional Development Workshop in August 2015 as a half-day business analyst training opportunity. Aaron has recently reached out to SQS-USA (Galmont Consulting) and TEKsystems to get more involved in the Bluegrass IIBA Chapter program by participating in a Recruiters and Consulting Firm panel discussion.
Aaron helped launch the Bluegrass IIBA Chapter to provide networking and educational opportunities for business analysis professionals of the Bluegrass region. He wished to raise awareness of the value that Business Analysts bring to organizations, raise awareness of business analysis as a profession, and increase the level of business analysis service delivered to organizations of the Bluegrass. He has triumphantly done so and left the Bluegrass with a flourishing chapter. Congratulations Aaron! Thank you for all of diligent leadership.
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