How do you become an indispensable BA? What skills does a BA need? Where are you in your BA career?
This event is brought to you by IIBA®-SA and Derivco.
Program17h00 - 17h30 - Tea and Public Registration
17h30 - 18h30 - The Indispensable BA: Becoming a compass for change - Ryan Folster
18h30 - 19h00 - Break, Snacks and Networking
19h00- 20h00 - How business analysts can get ahead of the skills curve - Martin Pienaar
Founded in Durban in 1996, Derivco is a global software development company comprising more than 1500 talented individuals of varying skillsets. Derivco creates games and ecommerce solutions for the online gaming industry, owning the process from start to finish. The design of games is at the core of our business and we have a large group of multi-disciplinary teams that collaborate on the design, development, testing and deployment of our world class products.
About the Sessions and SpeakersThe Indispensable BA: Becoming a compass for change
In a fast paced modern business landscape companies are continually reviewing their value proposition for their chosen market to ensure that their products and services remain relevant. In this constant cycle we find many external drivers of change that push the boundaries of how those products and services are delivered. As a consumer we are constantly reminded of the ‘innovations’ that have been added to our products and services. The question that this presentation focusses on is do we really need these innovations? Do they add value to consumers? What problem is actually being solved? The above questions highlight the opportunity for Business Analysts to become indispensable to organizations by ensuring that solutions and the business needs they meet ultimately add real measurable business value. The presentation will show how the Business Analyst can ensure that real problems are solved for real issues through the exploration of the following questions;
· What does ‘value’ actually mean?
· What are we solving for vs who are we solving for?
· Does the solution fix the problem?
· Becoming the voice of the end user/customer?
1. Learn what ‘value’ really means and how to ensure that value is ultimately achieved.
2. Understand how to look at the same problem from different perspectives.
3. Understand the role a business analyst plays in managing conflicting stated stakeholder requirements.
4. Learn how to become a trusted advisor rather than a documenter.
5. Learn how to take steps towards being indispensable to any organization.
About the speaker: Ryan Folster
Ryan Folster is a Business Analyst from Johannesburg South Africa. His strong focus on innovation as well as involvement in the Business Analyst community have seen Ryan develop professionally from a small company, serving a small amount of users, to large multi-national organisations. Having merged into Business Analysis through the business domain, Ryan has developed a firm grounding and provides context to the methodologies applied to clients and projects he is working on. Ryan has gained exposure to the Human Resources, Asset Management as well as Financial Services sectors, working on projects that span from Enterprise Line of Business Software to Business Intelligence and Compliance. Ryan is also heavily involved in the local chapter of IIBA, currently holding the position of President. Ryan is passionate about the role a Business Analyst plays within an organisation, and is a firm believer that the role will develop further in the future and become a crucial aspect of any successful business.
How business analysts can get ahead of the skills curve.
The future of Business Analysis has never looked more exciting or intimidating – depending on which perspective one comes from. In a dynamic environment where both technology and business models rapidly change, the ways in which software is being delivered vary significantly and feature markedly different turnaround times. When one considers the impact of competing on a global scale, it is understandable that companies are increasingly outsourcing work as well as implementing flexible staffing solutions to afford them optimum agility.
All of these changes are affecting the world of the professional Business Analyst. Whether you plan to stay a BA for the duration of your career, hope to evolve into a management role or dream of entering another part of the innovation chain, this discussion will offer insights that will assist in cultivating a fruitful career.
These insights will, amongst other things, pivot around the skills required within the modern Business Analysis environment, the career paths and opportunities available to someone pursuing a career in business analysis as well as the ever-evolving remuneration in the industry. Anyone interested in progressing or changing their careers will benefit from this discussion.
· Tips for keeping your skills up to date so as to be relevant in a changing technological world;
· Stay in touch with ways that technology is evolving;
· Are your earnings staying current in a market where demand is increasing?
About the speaker: Martin Pienaar
Martin’s career has enabled him to build an extensive blend of direct management experience and core knowledge in a number of areas of banking products and channels. He has an entrepreneurial nature and enjoys building companies and adapting to the constantly changing business environment. Building strong teams has been one of the pillars of his success and he is well-rounded in developing strategies and the implementation thereof.
His role as Chief Operating Officer at Mindworx involves being responsible for marketing, finance, analytics and IT. His responsibilities include the Mindworx Academy and permanent recruitment teams, and he is jointly accountable for the development of the business. Before becoming an entrepreneur, Martin held senior product management positions at Nedbank, with teams of product managers, business analysts and project managers reporting to him. Martin enjoys connecting with people and has a passion for fitness. Where possible he combines the two to invest in his extensive network within the financial services arena.
His goal is to make a contribution to solving the unemployment crisis and transforming society through Mindworx’s CSI work with the Alexander Education Centre and the Mindworx Academy. From an academic perspective Martin is a qualified Chartered Accountant and is a member of SAICA.