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Professional Development Day: The Strategic Business Analyst

  • 26 Oct 2016
  • 07:30 - 16:30
  • The River Club, Liesbeek Parkway, Observatory, Cape Town
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Have you ever wondered about how a Business Analyst can be a strategic player in a modern business? Join us as we host the Cape Town Professional Development Day (PDD) where we'll unpack what being a strategic Business Analyst means. The program features workshops, a presentation and a panel discussion.

This event is brought to you by IIBA-SA and Saratoga Software.


About the Sessions and Speakers

Business Analysis and Leadership: Influencing change, both face-to-face and virtually

How can we as business analysts present ourselves authentically as leaders on our projects? How can we show up wholeheartedly for meetings so that our stakeholders leave them with a smile, even conference calls? (yes really!) How can we form strong connections and communicate deeply with people? In our fast-paced world where multitasking is the norm, how do we engage people when they are likely to be distracted and pulled away by everything else happening? 

As business analysts, we need to inspire and facilitate people as we work together towards our shared vision of the future, delivering value at every stage. That’s leadership.

But are we leaders? We probably don’t feel like leaders compared to those running large enterprises.  Is anyone getting ready to anoint business analysts as leaders in your organisations? No? So, we’ll have to take that step ourselves.

This session will consider what leadership means for business analysts and how we can put it into practice, both face-to- face and virtually.

About the speaker

Dr Penny Pullan’s books are well known in the BA community worldwide. They include ‘Business Analysis and Leadership: Influencing change’ co-edited with James Archer, and her latest one, ‘Virtual Leadership: Practical strategies for getting the best out of virtual work and virtual teams’.

She works with people in complex organisations who are grappling with tricky projects: virtual teams, risky, ambiguous and changing requirements, and uninterested stakeholders who need to be engaged.  

Penny hosts the annual, virtual BA Summit ( www.basummit.com ) with over 1500 BAs all over the world, and mentors independent BAs, her Outstanding Outsiders.  

Penny is a Director of Making Projects Work Ltd. in the UK. 

Penny Pullan 
Director, Making Projects Work Ltd.

Phone:  +44 (0)1509 821691
Twitter: www.twitter.com/pennypullan

Business Model Canvas

Recent developments in the areas of social media, mobile computing, data analytics and cloud computing are creating opportunities for new business models and posing threats to existing ones. Increasingly, business analysis practitioners will be expected and well positioned to perform strategy analysis and produce insights and proposals into the current and future business models of their firms and those of their competitors. The business model canvas provides a visual format and structured technique to perform the above mentioned strategy analysis. 

The workshop will provide a primer on what exactly a business model is and give attendees ample opportunity to apply it to a case study and gain confidence and insight into its use within the work place.

About the speaker

Giovanni Focaraccio is passionate about analysis and design and regards these skills to be intertwined and broadly applicable to problem-solving and innovation regardless of one’s job title or position in the value chain. For the last 13 years he has worked in roles ranging from Project Manager and Business Systems Analyst to Founder CEO in banking, property and telecommunications sectors.  Giovanni is a proponent of life-long learning and has obtained various certifications throughout his career including Certified Technical Trainer, ITIL, PMI PMP, IIBA CBAP and Certified Scrum Product Owner. He obtained a B.Com Informatics degree from UNISA and an executive MBA from the Gordon Institute of Business Science. His dissertation dealt with competitive strategy for multi-sided digital platform businesses.

The Design of Strategic Business Solutions using Systems and Design Thinking Approaches

 The presentation will frame design thinking as both a structured and iterative approach for designing end-to-end strategies for human-centred solutions that are more likely to provide disruptive blue-ocean benefits through systemic interventions across value streams. Further, it will demonstrate how strategic thinking and research tools can be be integrated to conduct analysis and provide outputs that can be assembled into a holistic dataset for strategy and solution design. Systems Thinking will provide the philosophical underpinning of the approach, while Design Thinking will be positioned as the fabric that holds together the different components of effective solutions design so that the whole end-to-end process is considered through an agile lens.   

About the speaker

Quintin has more than 17 years of experience in IT, combined with a degree in Computer Science and a Masters degree in the Management of Technology & Innovation. He has fulfilled numerous operational, management and executive roles during his career; and has been involved in many large scale and complex business & IT projects. Quintin is now an industry educator and consultant in the fields of Business Solutions Design, Product Strategy Design, and Strategic Programme Management, and provides education and consulting services to enterprises and higher education institutions.

Anxiety in the workplace

The main causes for anxiety are uncertainty and complexity. These are two elements that we find frequently in our daily lives at work. The workshop will touch on how the human brain needs to predict and the need for certainty and simplicity. We are going to look at how judgement limits us and how observation gives us the ability to see more and thus make decisions of a higher quality.  We will have a taste of how it is possible to be comfortable with discomfort. You can expect a fun, humorous and interactive workshop.

About the speaker

An is a pilgrim of life who spends her time engaging with her passions. These passions include coaching, interactive workshops, facilitation and conversations that shape people, organisations and the world.

An’s journey includes executive and senior management roles as well as managing mergers and acquisitions. An brings versatility and insight that stretches across disciplines, knowledge domains and different industries. An does what she calls “Portfolio Living”.

Panel Discussion hosted by Ryan Folster

About the speaker

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.

Sponsor Information

Saratoga Software

Leaders in Business Analysis 

We are inspired people committed to delivering new possibilities for technology-driven organisations. 

Saratoga provides insights and delivers solutions at the interface of legacy and new technologies for progressive, technology-driven organisations through high-performing teams that consistently exceed expectations. Saratoga has become a partner of choice to leading corporates in South Africa and internationally since 2000.


Connect with us at www.saratoga.co.za  or follow us at @SaratogaSA for Business Analysis insights. 

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