The IIBA®-SA Professional Development Day is all about building your knowledge and skills as a Business Analyst.
This is also a great networking opportunity to meet like-minded professionals in your community.
Programme for the day:
Workshop 1: Build your Business Analyst Career the Smarter Way
Is your go-to business analysis approach centered around completing a standard organisational template? Do you spend your time filling in document sections with little guidance on how to get the information needed? Are you stuck in the cycle of completing the same deliverable, top-to-bottom, each, and every, single, time?
That’s the trouble with templates, they dumb business analysis down – “if your only tool is a hammer then every problem looks like a nail” - and keep the perceived value of the role rooted in the stereotype of scribe, documenter, and translator.
Isn’t it time you owned the template, rather than letting the template own you? This workshop will shift you away from template-driven documentation by taking you on a journey of discovery into the world of technique-driven analysis.
• Resetting what it means to be successful as a business analyst
• An agnostic business analysis process model for meaningful work
• Core tools and techniques that mobilise your influence and impact
• Surefire ways to grow business analysis knowledge, skills, and abilities
Whether you are just starting out in your first business analyst role or have been in the profession for some time (or even longer!), this session will give you expert guidance to avoid the pitfalls of templates and build your business analyst career the smarter way.
About the speaker
Joe Newbert, Chief Training Officer at Business Change Academy, is a coach, writer, and speaker who enthusiastically helps business analysts grow their skills, bring meaningful change and achieve their career goals.
Workshop 2: A Content Analysis of BA Job Specifications as Advertised by SA Companies
BABOK speaks of multiple core competencies and skills for BA’s. It is sometimes challenging to navigate through these competencies and skills as well as understanding which ones are more important at your level of seniority. The aim of this presentation will focus on clarifying the above.
The contents of this presentation are supported by an intensive analysis of BA job advertisements by South African companies to understand what corporate SA expects from a BA in practice. Given the dynamism of this role, we will look at the trend analysis in the role from past years to present as well as predicting the future.
The presentation will also look at the definition of a BA in contrast with other analysts in the business to understand the overlap. An outline of the growth path in skills and competencies of a BA in corporate SA will also be evaluated.
About the Speaker:
Phumzile started her professional career in 2010 as a Test Analyst and evolved with time to Business Analysis. She currently holds a role in Product Development. Phumzile has done a stint as an Agile coach leading and advocating Agile Adoption in a Fintech start-up company.
She is passionate about agile adoption and implementation. Her areas of interest include; finding innovative and effective ways of solving business problems relating to Process Design and System Integration. The topic around past exclusions of BA’s (Business Analysts) within the agile frameworks as well as the definition of an agile BA are all things that intrigue her.
Phumzile holds a Master’s Degree in Information Technology. Her research focused on creating a framework for Agile Adoption for organisations using heavy methodologies. She also holds an Honours Degree in Informatics. Her research focused on the BA skills required by South African businesses. Professionally, she also holds various performance related awards and certificates.
Workshop 3: The art and science of facilitation: using psychology and the principles of the LEGO Serious Play method to get the most out of your workshops.
What do you do when you have a room full of people, all busy with their own thoughts and feelings, and they’re looking to you to make the ideas in their heads turn into a coherent reality? What will break through the clutter? What will make the meeting buzz and new ideas emerge? Humans are wired to play, and if you add an understanding of people and their personalities, facilitation success is just a play date away! This workshop will focus on how to ensure you get maximum value from your workshop time and attendees; share ideas on effective facilitation techniques - including LSP and Flow; and how to bring your full self into the room.
About the Speaker:
Kobus is a Management Consultant and Strategist with nearly 20-years experience in a variety of industries; from banking and mining, to retail, education and hospitality. Together with his wife, co-founded Spritely, a boutique consultancy. Their core focus is to help people build better relationships through facilitating understanding and empathy. Their methods include a combination of psychology, psychometry and play. He is the proud father of a two- and four-year old. Spare time has thus disappeared into a black hole along with his son’s left socks and daughter’s favourite hairbands. He plans on surfing, traveling and playing a lot more… in about 2035.
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!