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Professional Development Day - Cape Town

  • 20 Jun 2017
  • 08:00 - 16:30
  • FTI - EOH Building, Block C, The Estuaries, 3 Oxbow Crescent, off Century Avenue, Century City, Cape Town
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The IIBA-SA Professional Development Day is all about building your knowledge and skills as a Business Analyst.

We have an ambitious line-up of workshops, with broad ranging topics such as Data storytelling and prototyping to Sketchnoting.

This is also a great networking opportunity to meet like-minded professionals in your community.

Programme for the day:

 Workshop 1:Combining the BEAM (Business Event Analysis and Design) methodology for data storytelling and prototyping data requirements in PowerPivot.

In this workshop, Waldo Leonhardt will introduce you to the BEAM methodology, which is traditionally used for agile dimensional data modelling, in the context of data warehouses and business intelligence. We will take a general approach of applying this technique to model and describe data in a business context. This will enable you to tell powerful data stories and to solve business problems.

We will be using a case study to help integrate the learnings and to provide practical exercise. You will also be introduced to PowerPivot and learn how to use it to prototype the BEAM model and bring data to life.

Learning objectives:

  • Describing the business data domain with BEAM.
  •  Understand data storytelling and using it to describe business problems and to communicate insights.
  •  Using PowerPivot to model, visualise and interact with data.

 Bring your laptop to make the best of this learning opportunity!

About Waldo Leonhardt:

Working with data is Waldo's passion. He enjoys solving business problems using data and business intelligence principles. He has the ability to add a visual component to requirements to help business understand and solve complex issues at hand.

He has more than 20 years of experience working in IT (internationally and locally). 15 years in business analysis; 13 years in financial services; 9 years in business intelligence.

As a business analyst, his aim is to act as a change agent to help business realise successful IT changes. As a data scientist, he works in a structured and flexible manner, being both detailed and holistic orientated, enabling the business to make the most of their data assets.

Workshop 2BABOK 3.0: Finding the not-so-hidden gems that could transform how you do Business Analysis

The Guide to the Business Analysis Body of Knowledge has come of age in Version 3.0, but what has changed and how does it change how we do Business Analysis? In fact, does the BABOK even make a difference? In this workshop,Francois Combrinck will assist you to explore the BABOK Version 3.0 and try and find the insights that could forever change how we do business analysis. While the theory may be interesting and maybe even worthwhile, we want to put the BABOK through its paces and see how well it can be applied to the day-to-day practice of Business Analysis, so expect interactive games and simulations to test how well the theory holds up in practice.

About Francois Combrinck:

Francois is a Certified Business Analysis Professional (CBAP) with extensive experience in multi-national Anti-Money Laundering (AML) monitoring solution implementations. He is the founder of Frame Consulting, a niche AML Technology Consulting firm that consults to a number of financial institutions in South Africa.  He is a frequent speaker at business analysis and AML industry events and believes that most problems can be solved by a good Business Analyst.

Workshop 3:Sketchnoting

Are you interested in Sketchnoting? It seems more people are unleashing their inner creative, grabbing some colourful markers and doodling during meetings. Personally, we are super happy about this. We are visual learners, so pictures help us learn so much more than words do. You don't have to be an artist to do this.

Also, sketchnoting can be used to enhance meetings. Most meetings nowadays have facilitators, and with the help of some basic drawing skills, you can become a visual facilitator. Using large-scale imagery to lead groups and individuals towards a goal.

In this 2-hour workshop, Karen and Sam will share and teach you some easy techniques to start using immediately for your own note taking. We will also speak about how these techniques can be used in meetings, even remote meetings!

About Samantha Laing and Karen Greaves from Growing Agile:

We are focused on helping companies and individuals be agile. We provide coaching, support and training to help people find the right path for their organisation. Our goal as a company is as simple as our name – to keep growing agile, starting in the beautiful Cape where we live.

Together we have a combined 25+ years in software development, ranging from development to testing to managing. Of these, 15 years have been dedicated to our combined passion for agile development. We are committed to continuously learn and grow our skills through conferences, reading, blogging and local community groups

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Event Sponsor and host: FTI

FTI was established in 1989 to offer affordable practical, professional training of the highest quality to the IT industry.

It was born out of the joint vision of 5 experienced lecturers from the Department of Information Systems at the University of Cape Town, who perceived a gap between the short course training offered by many private training companies, and the longer 3 and 4-year degree career-oriented programmes offered by universities.  Short courses were primarily skills oriented, while university courses were primarily academic.  This situation prevails to this day, with universities accused of producing graduates who are not workplace-ready.

We perceived the need for a programme that:

  • was vocational and practical in nature,
  • produced multi-skilled individuals
  • was suited to the mid-career aspirations of experienced (not entry-level) practitioners
  • was feasible for working people to attend

 In 1990, the first 2 FTI Diplomas were created: one in Systems Analysis and one in IS Project Management.  The concept of part-time, vocational training programmes running in the evening was quite revolutionary at the time, and it took some time to gain acceptance in the market.  But those early courses have grown to include Diplomas in Business Analysis, and Systems Testing and a host of short courses to augment areas not covered in the Diplomas.

Our corporate client number base includes more than 150 of South Africa's top companies, and by 2010, more than 7000 people have graduated from one Diploma or another. Many of our delegates have returned to complete their second, third and even fourth Diplomas course with FTI. Several of our top graduates have gone on to do MBA and other postgraduate programmes at University. And lots of past delegates who have risen through the ranks are now sending their own staff on current programmes: we enjoy reminiscing with them at the graduations where we celebrate the success of their delegates.

There have been many milestones along the way: new courses launched, new accreditations and endorsements by professional bodies, expanding offices, recruiting more staff and more lecturers.   

And if the next decade is anything like the last two, things are going to be exciting indeed!

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