2018 IIBA MSP Professional Development Day

PDD Speaker Bio's

Adrian Reed, Keynote Speaker, Qualified to ISEB/BCS Diploma, CBAP, BAMF - Immediate Past President at IIBA UK @ 8:15am and 3:30pm

Keynote speaker Adrian Reed is a true advocate of the analysis profession. He's a regular author and international speaker on topics related to business analysis, and works with clients across many ind...

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Joe Perzel, PMP, JPerzel, Inc @ 9:30am

Instill Innovation in Your ProjectsAs project professionals we continually leading efforts to improve our organization’s ability to deliver our goods or services. Many if not all of the efforts require creative innovative thinking, yet the path to success is often littered with land mines. T...

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Stevie Borne SSCC, CPAS & Valerie Nichols, CCBA - Health Partners @ 9:30am

Find your voice ... then lead with it! When you know yourself and you know others, you demonstrate leadership; when you do these things well, you grow and advance. This presentation will show you how you can grow in any (or all!) of the six Interaction Skills core competencies by providing you wi...

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Melanie Greenlee, Lean/Agile Practice Lead - Logisolve @ 9:30am

Design thinking and the Business Analyst1)What is design Thinking?2)What are the principles of design thinking?3)What is the process of design thinking?4)How are business analyst engaged to encourage and implement design thinking? Presenter Biography Mel has worked in the Business Analyst space f...

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Sonja Almlie, PMP, CCBA, PMI-ACP, CSM and Cheryl Carstens, RMC Learning Solutions @ 9:30am

Entering the Hybrid World as a Business AnalystThis presentation examines strategies and tactics to identify when to introduce hybrid practices to a traditional project management environment and the role the BA can play. Speaker BIOsSonya Almlie is the Director of Project Management for RMC Learn...

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Stacey Smith, Vice President @ US Bank, Instructor @Metro State @ 9:30

Are You and Your Organization Ready for Business Architecture?Organizations do not become a “business architecture company” overnight. Most transformations start with pieces that simmer and slowly move towards a standardized effort. Come and learn what your organization may already being...

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Robin Goldsmith, JD - Go Pro Management, Inc @ 10:45

Requirements Are Requirements—or Maybe Not Many people talk about requirements. They use identical terms and think they have a common understanding. Yet, one says user stories are requirements; another claims user stories must be combined with requirements; and yet another has a d...

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Paul Crosby - Bob the BA - The League of Analysts, Inc @ 10:45

Fail Fast - Fail Safe!We learn more from the failures in our lives than we do in succeeding. If we can build a culture of failing fast and safe, not only will we have great project success, we will cause less long-term disruption, impacts to our stakeholders, and costly rework. Let’s build...

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Angela Wick, CBAP, PMP, PBA, OCP-ACC, ICP-BVA, COE - BA-Squared, LLC @10:45am

Robotics, AI and Machine Learning are accelerating quickly in organizations and this means requirements and BA skills need to adapt. BAs need to understand what these are all about and the types of problem and opportunities they solve for. These capabilities are challenging and have a BIG impact o...

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Chris Armstrong, Certified Business Architect (CBA), President - Sparx Services North America @ 10:45am

Information Mapping Fundamentals: Many would agree that capability maps are the most foundational of all business architecture blueprints, but a point could be made that actually information maps are even more foundational. This session will review key activities and guidance building information...

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Dr. Susan Heidorn, CBAP, PMP, BRMP, Director of Business Solutions - Watermark Learning @10:45am

The Power of “I” - Business Process Improvement, What every BA needs to know Presenter Biography Dr. Susan Heidorn is the Director of Business Solutions for Watermark Learning in Minneapolis. Susan is an experienced consultant, facilitator, speaker, and trainer, with over 25 years of ...

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Ron Ross - Principal & Co Founder - Business Rule Solutions, Inc @ 1pm

Use a Business View to fix "data quality" ProblemsTo truly fix ‘data quality’ problems requires a business view, a shift in focus from data design or cleansing to what occurs in the business itself. Our sights should be trained on properly designing the business activity that results i...

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Paula Bell, CBAP - CEO - Paula A Bell Consulting, LLC @ 1pm

Elevate Your Team to High Performance In order to lead others you have to understand yourself first. Business analyst lead in many different ways. Leadership is not just a title of management, leadership is the act, or an instance, of leading. Leading is a skill. A skill that is imperative to b...

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Dan Lambert - Benchmark Consulting @ 1pm

Prioritize your project using Business Architecture Presenter Biography Daniel Lambert is an entrepreneurial marketing & finance strategist assisting companies in their growth, their business architecture and ultimately their digital transformation. He has worked with financial institutions, in...

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David Gelperin - CTO, ClearSpecs Enterprises @ 1pm

Imprecise RequirementsThis presentation discusses intentional imprecision and why one should care as a BA. It also discusses how to use rich definitions and why they should be used, as well as how a project glossary can counteract "unrecognized ambiguity" in a project. Presenter Biography David...

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Mark Hunt, CSM - SQS/Trissential @ 1pm

BA Communities of Practice – are they worth it?Business Analysis Communities/Communities of Practice: They go by many names, so just what are they and are they really worth it? Mark will provide insights from his own experience standing up a successful Community Of Practice. Includes an inte...

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Mandy Spiess, CBA (Certified Business Architect), Metropolitan State University @ 2:15pm

“Fit” is the intersection between the value your company creates and your customers’ expectations.The better you are at understanding your purpose and value, the better you will be at identifying and serving your customer segments. This session will demonstrate some tools used in V...

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Paulie Skaja, Agile Coach - Project Consulting Group @ 2:15pm

Use Agile Mindset to Improve Your Team Agile is not an IT methodology. Agile is a set of values and principles that can apply to teams across industries. It can even be applied to your everyday life. You’re probably making decisions every day based on agile principles and didn’t even k...

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Molly McClellan, Phd, Human Factors Consultant - Project Consulting Group @ 2:15pm

Leverage Human Factors Strategies for Change Business Analysts are Human Factors engineers participating in the study of humans and their interactions with elements of a system. We apply theory/principles, data and methods to design solutions to improve human and system performance. We can add HF ...

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Barbara Carkenord, CBAP, PMO, PMI-PBA, SAFe POPM - Vice Chair of Board of Directors of IIBA, Carkenord Consulting @ 2:15pm

Why are You Not Building Business Cases? Five Myths about Business Cases and How to Overcome Them Abstract: Business case analysis is one of the most important skills a BA must develop. But few organizations dedicate time to business case analysis because they think business cases are time-consum...

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Columbus Brown, Speaker, Author - Daugherty Business Solutions @ 2:15pm

I Built It and They Didn't Come A Technology Adoption Saga In this session we will walk through a field of dreams marked by sites and solutions that were expertly built, yet abandoned or under-utilized. Root causes of this Saga will be explored and you will be provided with practical methods and t...

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All speakers are subject to change