April 2017 IIBA MSP Newsletter Print

Upcoming Monthly Meetings


Professional Development Day (PDD)

Save the Date: September 20th, 2017


April 13th Monthly Meeting

Strategic Thinking for Today's Business Analyst


Susan Heidorn


Business analysts need to be more than "order takers" for requirements; they need to be asking questions about the value of those requirements to the business.  They also need to be constantly looking for ways to uncover added value to the organization and ensure that any effort aligns with the organization's strategic efforts.  This presentation will provide the participant with an understanding of strategic thinking, as well as applying a few simple tools that support strategic thinking and learning to avoid the most common strategic thinking pitfalls.

Learning Objectives:
1.  Understand strategic thinking and why it is important to business analysis.
2.  Learn to get past our own frames of reference.
3.  Learn 3 key tools that support strategic thinking efforts.
4.  Identify common strategic thinking traps to avoid.


Our presenter, Susan Heidorn, is an experienced consultant, facilitator, speaker, and trainer, with more than 20 years of business experience. As Director of Business Solutions at Watermark Learning, she provides project and program management, strategic thinking and planning, leadership development, business analysis, facilitation, process improvement, change management, and team development to her clients based on best practices in the industry. Susan is qualified in Insights Discovery Systems™ for personal and team development.  She holds a Doctorate Degree in Organizational Development.

"Leading with Learning": Our monthly meetings have an informal start at 6:15 PM when Stewart Mednick, President of our chapter, presents a topic from the BABOK Guide.  

CLICK HERE to register for the April 13th meeting.

May meeting: Mark your calendars for our next meeting on May 11th, when Barbara Carkenord will be speaking.  

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Thank You


Thank you to the Park Plaza Hotel Chef and Catering Team for the beautiful and delicious food provided for every IIBA MSP monthly meeting.  Attend our April 13th meeting and enjoy!  Food selections vary every month but are always excellent and delicious!

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