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Volume 16 Issue 1    


National / International Connection

  Why Strategy Execution Unravels -- and What to Do About it

A video and article in the Harvard Business Review discuss strategy and translating strategy into execution that leads to actual results.  We have a clear and widely accepted definition of what strategy is--but we know a  lot less about translating a strategy into results.  Books and articles on strategy outnumber those on execution by an order of magnitude.  Little has been written execution tactics, so read this article to learn the myths about strategy execution.  Don't miss the related and detailed article about strategy execution...

  Enhancing the BA Career Roadmap 

Stephen Ashworth, President and CEO, IIBA

As the world becomes more complex, fast-pace and competitive,  business analysis will need to transform to keep pace with new demands. Today’s employers want BAs who come equipped with knowledge, skills and tools to deliver value and positive business outcomes. The skills required to make a difference in tomorrow’s business environment are an advancement of the skills that practitioners have already developed today...

Business Analysis Impact Study

International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA®) embarked on a transformative research and impact study to reflect the essential role of business analyst.  The study is intended to serve as a common voice for the business analysis community, deliver a critical assessment of the industry today, perceptions across key stakeholder groups, and trends relating to the profession on a global scale...

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Chapter Connection

    A Look Back and a Look Forward (From 2016 to 2017)

Terry Sundy, Jr., President, Bluegrass IIBA Chapter

Merry Christmas and Happy New Years from the Bluegrass IIBA Chapter.  First, because it is now the holiday season and this is the time traditionally known for giving and helping others, we at the Bluegrass IIBA Chapter would like to encourage you to donate your time and your knowledge to a group that provides mentorship for youth or for adult business development organizations...

    Board of Directors Spotlight...Aaron Whittenberger, CBAP
Aaron Whittenberger, CBAP                              

Vice President of Professional Development

Aaron Whittenberger is a frequent speaker at IIBA and
corporate meetings and conferences in the region.  He

  Bluegrass IIBA Upcoming Events

January 25, 2017 - Small Business Speaker Series: Expanding the Definition of the BA Role

We kick off a new series on January 25, 2017, featuring businesses around the Bluegrass and invite you to join us and discuss how BA techniques mirror the tasks of running a business and managing customer expectations.  This month we spotlight the Cork & Barrel...

February 15, 2017 - The Future of Business Analysis - The CEO Perspective

Come and join us at Sullivan University to discuss what CEOs see as the main concerns for their   organizations in the next three years, and how business analysis professionals can help deliver solutions to help support strategic decision making...

March 15, 2017 - CIO Panel Discussion

This event will give participants an opportunity to hear the executive perspective on the business analysis profession. Corporate executives from prominent companies in the Bluegrass Region will discuss how business analysis is performed in their companies...

  ASPE Training Offers Bluegrass IIBA Participants Unlimited Business Analysis Training...

ASPE Training offers members and participants of Bluegrass IIBA Chapter unlimited Business Analysis courses for a year for $2,995. 

Students will have access to all ASPE Business Analysis courses (public in-classroom and live online) training opportunities for one whole year.  There are over 30 courses to choose from, with over 700 scheduled course deliveries...

  Bluegrass IIBA Chapter recognized as Most Innovative Chapter...

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...

Local Connection

     Bluegrass Business Spotlight...SQS Rural USA

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 solution centers around the globe, our hybrid approach...

  Christmas grown in Kentucky -- from unique wreaths to a 33-acre poinsettia factory
A couple of years ago, I read a story in a British newspaper about Yiwu, China, where 600 factories churn out 60 percent of the world's Christmas decorations, most of them synthetic, cheep and cheesy.
By contrast, two local family-owned companies have found successful but very different...

  Go behind the gates of Kentucky's oldest horse farm as it turns 150
Runnymede Farms, whose owners say it is Kentucky's oldest horse continuously operated Thoroughbred breeding operation, is preparing for its 150th anniversary. But before he talks about history, Brutus J. Clay III wants to show off pictures of recently successful mares...

  Stanford company gets state incentives for high-tech greenhouses

Kentucky Green Harvest, a Stanford company that will produce high tech greenhouses, received $190,000 in tax incentives on Thursday from Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority.
The company plans to spend $10.7 million on its high-tech greenhouse project as well as acquire and construct an operation to grow and sell green peppers to out-of-state national...

  SQS-USA helps the Bluegrass IIBA Chapter win IIBA Chapter Innovation Award in 2016

Chicago, December 2016 - Competing with over 120 IIBA chapters from around the globe, SQS is proud and delighted to announce its local Bluegrass IIBA Chapter has been recognized by IIBA as its most innovative chapter.  Since its formation in 2013, SQS has been actively involved in Chapter initiatives to deliver...

Beginning in August 2016, members are able to attend Bluegrass IIBA Chapter meetings for free (some restrictions apply). Remember to renew your membership to continue to enjoy the benefits of membership. Do you have more than 10 professionals who perform business analysis in your organization?  Then the IIBA Corporate Membership and Bluegrass IIBA Corporate Membership programs may be for you.

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