What:  2017 Professional Development Day (PDD)

When: September 20, 2017 from 7 AM to 5 PM CST

Where: Earle Brown Heritage Center, 6155 Earle Brown Drive, Brooklyn Center, MN 55430






Morning Keynote Speaker: Dennis Yu, Chief Technology Officer of BlitzMetrics
Topic: "Social Media was Not Created with the Business Analyst in Mind"



Lunch Keynote Speaker, Kupe Kupersmith, co-author of Business Analysis for Dummies
Topic: "Nextgen Business Competencies"



Closing Keynote Speaker: Troy McClain, finalist from the first season of Donald Trump's "The Apprentice"
Topic: "Discover Your Road to Success through Common Sense!"




Business Agility:

Joe Perzel
"Project Management for the BA: the Minimum You Need to Know to Thrive"

Robin Goldsmith
"Use Cases for Requirements and Testing - Facts and Follies"

Angela Wick
"Defining Value: Perspective is Everything!"

Mark Hunt
"Digital Disruption and Business Agility - What Do These Mean to Today's BA?"



Angie Buchholz
"Successful SaaS Implementations - Business Analysis in the Cloud Age"

Charles Betz
"Enterprise Service Management: the New System of Engagement"

Tom Esch
"Brain Science and the Art of Crucial Conversation"

David Gelperin
Helping Developers with Quality Attribute Requirements"


Defining the Modern BA:

Keynote Roundtable with Dennis Yu

Keynote Roundtable with Kupe Kupersmith

Dan Geislinger
"Story Mapping - Why and When to Apply Story Mapping and Primary Steps"

Renee Saint-Louis
"Storytelling for the BA - Marketing Techniques Can Make You a Better BA, a Master BA"

Paula Bell
"The Kata of Risk"

Kitty Haas
"The 21st Century BA"


Business Architecture:

Linda Finley
"Business Architecture for Business Analysts"

Daniel Lambert
"Align Your Requirements with Business Strategies Using Business Architecture"

Stacey Smith
"A Day in the Life of a Corporate Business Architect"

Chris Armstrong
"UML Modeling in Business Architecture"



Barbara Carkenord
"Strategy Execution - the Critical Role of PM and BA"

Steven Householder
"A Different Mouse Trap: How to Navigate the Ever Changing World of Business"

Sonja Almlie
"Influencing Stakeholders is More than Sharing Facts"

Cheryl Carstens - Speaking with Sonja

Ron Ross
"Business Knowledge Engineering - Understand how Explicit Knowledge is Expressed as Business Rules"