Bluegrass IIBA Chapter; Lexington, KY partners with J. Ross Publishing; Plantation, FL, to bring new benefits to members of the Chapter. J. Ross Publishing will provide Bluegrass IIBA members a 20% discount on any book that they publish. Members can log into the members-only section of the Bluegrass IIBA website (http://bluegrass.iiba.org) to see what titles are available and receive the discount code to use when purchasing books to get the 20% discount. This membership benefit is also extended to the Green Mountain Branch members in and around Burlington, VT.
J. Ross Publishing has published many titles over the years on Business Analysis, Innovation & Product Management, Corporate Strategy, IT & Software, Operations Management and Project Management topics; including Seven Steps to Mastering Business Analysis by Barbara Carkenord. You can also find titles on Agile development on the J. Ross Publishing website (http://www.jrosspub.com).
J. Ross Publishing will also provide books to the Chapter to be used as giveaways and raffles during chapter events. “This is a great benefit to our members, as J. Ross Publishing has agreed to a long term relationship with us; so this isn’t going to be a one year or shorter benefit”, says Aaron Whittenberger, President of the Bluegrass IIBA Chapter. Steve Buda of J. Ross Publishing added “We’re excited to bring this opportunity to Bluegrass IIBA Chapter as a way to promote our books and services in the area. We don’t ask for any commitment from the Chapter but to promote this benefit to their members. We really see this as a win-win opportunity.”
Bluegrass IIBA members can log into the members-only section of the Bluegrass IIBA website to see the great titles J. Ross Publishing has published and get the discount code to use when purchasing. Happy reading to all!
Bluegrass IIBA Chapter has partnered with Business Analysis Knowledge Academy of New Albany, Indiana to offer a series of professional development workshops to its members and the members of the Bluegrass business analysis community. These workshops will give a participant a look at the full role of the business analyst within the context of the project. However, each workshop will stand on its own; so a person may attend only the workshops in which they wish to learn more, or they may attend the full series of workshops to get the full look at the IT Business Analyst role.
Topics covered by these workshops include, but not limed to, requirements discovery and specification, business rules, business analysis planning, use cases, process modeling, data modeling and requirements reviews.
Bluegrass IIBA Chapter intends to offer these workshops at a rate of two or three half-day workshops per year. Aaron Whittenberger, CBAP, President of Bluegrass IIBA Chapter stated “this is a unique training opportunity for our members and participants to learn the full role of the business analyst and raise their level of service they provide to their organization.” This method of delivery will allow practitioners to learn a particular topic or technique, put that into practice and grow that competency; then come back to learn more. Consider this “chunk learning”; learn a chunk of knowledge, put it into practice and then come back to learn more. Delivering two to three workshops per year should give ample opportunity to put new learnings into practice before learning another topic.
Marguerite Sterns, CSM, Founder and Principle at Business Analysis Knowledge Academy says there are currently ten workshops in the series, with two of the topics so full of content they take double the time amount of their regular two-hour workshop. They also have two other topics under development that may be added to the series. The series may grow even larger before all is said and done. Louisville IIBA Chapter has expressed interest in the workshop series and Business Analysis Knowledge Academy intends to make the series available to other IIBA chapters in the region.
Please visit the Bluegrass IIBA Chapter website (http://bluegrass.iiba.org) to see the first workshop in the series being offered on Friday, May 13, 2016. Subscribe to their email list to receive future announcements for notification of the following workshops. If you have any questions concerning these workshops or the Bluegrass IIBA Chapter, please email Professional@bluegrass.iiba.org.
In November 2015 at the Building Business Capability Conference in Las Vegas, Stephen Ashworth, President and CEO of International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA®), announced to their Corporate Members that IIBA will increase their focus for the future on the enterprise-wide practice. As part of this announcement, IIBA announced the upcoming 2016 release of the Enterprise Business Analysis Core Competency (EBACC) Assessment Framework to assist businesses assess and increase the effectiveness of their enterprise-wide business analysis practice.
“With the recent IIBA announcement on their increased focus on the enterprise-wide practice we expect to see a resurgence of BACoEs within companies and we wish to help organizations in the Bluegrass take advantage of the value that a BACoE can bring to the enterprise.” says Aaron Whittenberger, President of the Bluegrass IIBA Chapter. Business Analysis Center of Excellence (BACoE) and Business Analysis Community of Practice (BACoP) help organization standardize the level of business analysis services across the enterprise. They also increase the level of business analysis service delivered to the enterprise by teaching the full role of business analysis to the business analysis practitioners within the organization. By providing professional development, using internal and external resources, to the business analysts within the organization and standardizing business analysis processes and procedures a BACoE or BACoP increases the level of business analysis services delivered to the enterprise.
John Batts, Vice President of Community Outreach for Bluegrass IIBA Chapter, was instrumental in helping Xerox to become an IIBA Corporate Member within the last year. John is a Technical Requirements Analyst at Xerox and worked with his management to demonstrate the value of IIBA Corporate Membership to Xerox. Xerox has a BACoE headquartered in Rochester, NY. “We have many resources that can help organizations implement and mature a BACoP or BACoE within their organization” says John Batts. John continues “we will gather together organizations that have a BACoP and those that wish to implement one to have discussions on starting and maturing a BACoP”.
Bluegrass IIBA Chapter is now looking for businesses in the Bluegrass region--whether they are for profit, not-for-profit or government agency—who have or are interested in a Business Analysis Center of Excellence (BACoE) or Business Analysis Community of Practice (BACoP). “Once we find the organizations interested in a BACoP, we will hold roundtable discussions with these organizations so they can learn from the companies that have a mature BACoP and introduce them to additional resources to mature their BACoP” says John Batts. Aaron Whittenberger added “Once IIBA releases the EBACC framework, we will evaluate it and add that to the resources we already have for BACoEs”.
So if you are interested in standardizing and raising the level of business analysis service within your enterprise, contact John Batts at Community@bluegrass.iiba.orgto discuss your interest in the roundtable discussions on BACoE/BACoP.
On Thursday, November 5, 2015 during the IIBA Members Reception at the Building Business Capability Conference in Las Vegas, NV; Stephen Ashworth, President and CEO of IIBA announced the New Global Gold Standard for Certification. The revamped IIBA certification framework includes four levels of competency-based designations. Current CCBA and CBAP recipients will be mapped to this redesigned framework.
Bluegrass IIBA Chapter would like to welcome ASPE Training as their new Patron Sponsor.
"We're happy to have ASPE Training on board sponsoring the Chapter. We look forward to a long, mutually beneficial relationship with ASPE". - Aaron Whittenberger - President, Bluegrass IIBA Chapter
IIBA® is pleased to present new business process management research by Gartner called "Advance Your BPM Techniques to Deliver Greater Value". This publication is one of the many ways that IIBA is helping to provide our Members with access to the latest industry knowledge and resources. Click here for access.
Check out our new website design. IIBA is providing a new website or content management system to its chapters. Bluegrass IIBA Chapter is proud to be the first chapter to go on the new design. It is sleeker and full of content. Check us out and feel free to tell our chapter leaders what you think of our new website. Comments are always welcome.
Annually IIBA awards chapters for excellence in many categories. 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 nominated for the Innovation Award. Bluegrass IIBA Chapter is proud to have one of the most innovative programs of all 115 chapters in the IIBA Chapters Network. Chapter Awards will be announced during the Building Business Capability (BBC) Conference, the official conference of IIBA, the first week of November. Root for our chapter to win this prestigious award!
Bluegrass IIBA Chapter announces the Bluegrass Business Analysis Hall of Fame to recognize those individuals that have made a significant contribution to the advancement of the business analysis profession within the Bluegrass region. We will induct a new class of deserving individuals each year. For more information...Bluegrass Business Analysis Hall of Fame.
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