As you all know the IIBA® celebrated its 10th anniversary last October. The last 10 years has been very interested for the business analysis profession, but I believe the next 10 years or so will be even more interesting for us; in other words…The party is just getting started!
We have spent the last 10 years proving our value to the organization. That job is not over by any means because people learn at different paces. We have seen great change in the business environment over the last 10 years and the business analysis profession has brought some of that change about. I think we will see that kind of change four-fold over the next 10 years, as Business Intelligence grows in popularity and Agile continues to grab foothold in organizations. We will continue to see business analysis bring about a lot of that change. In fact that is at the heart of the definition of business analysis…to bring about business change. To do so we, the practitioners of business analysis, will have to focus on business value; but change that focus from proving our business value to delivering business value.
To be effective in delivering business value practitioners will need to stay informed of changes in the business analysis profession; and believe me they are coming fast and furious. This is the value that the IIBA® and your local Bluegrass BA Chapter brings to you, the business analysis practitioner. Even the hybrid role (part business analysis) practitioner should take advantage of the resources of the IIBA® and this chapter to stay abreast of the profession. Of course, the local networking opportunities of this chapter may be the greatest of those resources. So feel free to come and stay abreast of what is going on with us.
However you decide to stay informed…make sure you do stay informed. These coming changes may require changes in business analysis processes and skills. You will want to be proactive in this change, not reactive.
Aaron S. Whittenberger, CBAP
President, Bluegrass BA Chapter