|5 Conference Tracks to choose from:
|Track 1 - Business Analysis: Shaping the Organisation
Analysts are involved in ensuring that their organisations invest wisely in
business change initiatives. This may require the Business Analysts to
investigate situations and identify relevant solutions for their organisation,
ensure the business strategy is executed effectively, and take a holistic
cross-functional view of processes in order to ensure that business value
is delivered to customers. This track offers sessions that cover the
development of the business analysis practice and the work performed by
Business Analysts in enabling organisations to be agile,
strategically-aligned and value-focused in today’s global and competitive
Case studies include: Yorkshire Water, John Lewis, Visa
Europe, Sky Bet, Health and Social Care Information Centre, National
Assembly for Wales & trainline.
“We Don’t Need BAs…” A Journey from Denial to Building a Business
Peter Neal, Yorkshire Water
Strategy: The Elephant in the Room
Adrian Reed, Blackmetric Business Solutions
The Omni Channel Challenge - Delivering Customer Convenience in an
Omni Channel World
Julie Turner & Sophie Penny, John Lewis
Tudor Costigan, Visa Europe
From Projects to Investment Themes: How Sky Bet Deliver Continuous
Business Value through Hypothesis Driven Development & Kanban
Craig Watson, Sky Bet
Change Begins With Me
Christina Lovelock & Kathryn Pow, Health and Social Care
Business Analysis with Benefits Management, More than the Sum of
Phil Turner, National Assembly for Wales
Going Lean – trainline Story
Ateek Hussain & Alex Vishal, trainline
|Track 2: Increasing the Effectiveness of Business Analysis
Business Analyst does not work in isolation and needs to understand a wide
range of related disciplines and approaches. In addition to gaining an
awareness of these, the Business Analyst may also choose to specialise in
one or more of them in support of their core competency of business
analysis. This conference track focuses on some of the established and
emerging areas that the Business Analyst may wish to consider in order to
extend the contribution they can make to business effectiveness and improvement.
Case studies include: European Bank for Reconstruction
and Development, Turkcell, Lloyds Banking Group, Aviva Life, UK Government, Skipton Building Society & Rabobank.
Between Business Demands and Thriving Technology: The 'Modern Day BA'
Dr Claudia Michalik, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
Designing New Demand Management Process
Burcu Buyuksar, Turkcell
Requirements Re-use - What Does it Take?
Terri Lydiard, Lloyds Banking Group
Keep Calm & Automate – a Case Study Illustrating the Power of
Karen Hunt & David Cossey, Aviva Life
User Research – Revolutionising Service Design in UK Government and Beyond
Richard Shreeve & Kyle Macdonald-Wallis, IPL
Effective Partnering - Business Analysis from a Software Supplier's
Andrew Robertson, CHP Consulting
Embedding Lean – One Route to Process Improvement
Jo Smith & Adam Aldridge, Skipton Building Society
Standardization in an Agile, Dynamic Environment: Contradiction or
Edwin Buitenhuis & Roderick Uitdehaag, Rabobank
|Track 3: The Human Side of Business Analysis
track focuses on human dynamics within the Business Analysis discipline and
the ability to handle those critical moments that hinge on a deftness of
personal skills. It provides insight and case studies into how best
to work with others to successfully facilitate change.
Case studies include: Specsavers, Sheffield Hallam University & Aviva.
Creating the Perfect Storm: The Butterfly Effect of BA Behaviour
Jess Powell & Jan La Porte, Specsavers
But What About BA Contractors? A Case Study in Skills and Leadership
John Mee, Bath Business Analysis & Improvement & Mercy Obi,
First Plus Consulting
Stakeholder Management in a Multicultural Environment - a New Zealand Perspective
Caroline Faircloth, Contractor, Wellington, New Zealand
Leading the Way as a Lead BA
Jim Hope, Nationwide
Make Yourself Obsolete - The BA's Role in Transferring Skills Across
an Organisation. Are You Ever Going to Become Obsolete as a BA?
Joanna Solecki & Claire Ward, Sheffield Hallam University
Saboteurs - What Can You Do About Them?
Liz Calder, Blue Raccoon
The Power of Change – A Personal Journey
David Beckham, Aviva
Designing a Mentoring Programme to Develop your BA Practice
Glenn Hook, Nationwide & Tom Parnell, Intelligent Consulting &
Alex Papworth, Business Analyst Mentor
|Track 4: Information & Technology for BA’s
The remit of Business Analysis has become wider than its roots in 'gathering' requirements for technology projects, however understanding and leveraging information and technology remains one of the keys to successful Business Analysis. This conference track examines how technology and information can be used to understand problems, support creativity and discover potential solutions. It explores the importance of understanding how people, process and technology intersect and examine if the role of Business Analysts is changing, being redefined / re-imagined, in technology and information driven projects.
Case studies include: Tesco, BBC, Google, Morgan Stanley & LateRooms.com.
Business Analysis for Big Data
Bert Brijs, Lingua Franca bvba
Insight to Innovation, The Role of User Experience in Defining
Product and Organisational Transformation and Success
Ian Worley, Morgan Stanley
How do Business Analysis, UX and Agile Play Together Smoothly?
Chris Matts, Tesco
Building a Business Intelligence Competency
Peter Staunton, Google
Writing the Right Agile Stories
James Robertson, Atlantic Systems Guild
A Business Analyst’s Role in Data-Driven Decision Making
Ndidi Alaneme & Dave Baines, BBC
Going Beyond ‘What Success Looks Like’ – Using Data to Achieve
Jamie Clouting & Joanne Latham, LateRooms.com
Code-Free App Development – BA Opportunities and Threats
Chris Moran & Richard Johnston, Karona Consulting
|Track 5: The
Expanding BA Toolkit
is no 'one size fits all' approach to Business Analysis. As
practitioners, we benefit from having access to a wide range of tools and
techniques; the challenge is in choosing the best techniques or approach for a
given circumstance. Having well-proven tools to hand gives BAs the
confidence to tackle business problems and take the lead role in making
sense of complex change. This conference track focuses on demonstrating and showcasing relevant analysis techniques.
Practitioners will share their real-life stories of where techniques have
worked, and will reflect on lessons learned. This track covers a wide
range of tools and techniques whether new or well established,
formal or informal. It will be of interest to both new and
Case studies include: National Grid, Specsavers, NFU Mutual, NHS Blood and Transplant, Barclays & ASOS.com.
Facilitation Skills for Wider Organisational Impact
Craig Rollason, National Grid
Don’t Fall Down Pit Holes – the Risks of Neglecting the NFRs
Lynda Girvan, AssistKD
So You Think You're a BA? Come Prove it!
Chris Evans & Andy Whatling, Specsavers
In High Spirits - A Sensory Analysis
Jonathan Bryant, NFU Mutual
A BA Project Without an IT Spec: Identifying What People do With
Sara Galloway, NHS Blood and Transplant
Professional Presentations Made Easy (and Making Microsoft Office
Work For You!)
David Baskerville & Richard Patrick, Barclays
Use of Roadmapping to Shape Agile Development and to Manage Early
Peter Kapitsa, ASOS.com
Business Process Tangles: Finding, Removing & Preventing Them
Brian Hunt, Business Process Agility
Pre-conference Full Day and Half Day Workshops
||Foundation in Business Change|
Martin Maya, AssistKD
AssistKD and BCS
present an intensive workshop covering the syllabus for the BCS
Foundation Certificate in Business Change qualification. The BCS
Foundation Certificate in Business Change covers the landscape of concepts,
life cycle and techniques relevant to Business Change. It provides a
foundation for the range of specialist modular certificates provided by BCS
in the areas of Business Analysis and Consultancy. In addition, it provides
foundation-level Business Change knowledge for specialists in other
disciplines. Topics covered include Overview of Business Change
• Business Change Techniques • Business and IT Alignment •
Business Improvement Definition • Business Change Design
• Business Change Implementation • Benefits Realisation
||Foundation in Business Analysis|
Davina Hesmer, AssistKD
AssistKD and BCS present an intensive workshop covering
the syllabus for the BCS Foundation Certificate in Business Analysis
qualification. The Foundation Certificate in Business Analysis covers
the breadth of concepts, approaches and techniques relevant to Business
Analysis. It provides a foundation for the range of specialist modular
certificates provided by BCS in the areas of Business Analysis, Consultancy
and Business Change. In addition, it provides foundation-level Business
Analysis knowledge for specialists in other disciplines. Topics covered
include • The Role and Competencies of a Business Analyst
• Strategy Analysis • Business System and Business
Process Modelling • Stakeholder Analysis •
Investigation and Modelling Techniques • Requirements
Engineering • Business Case Development • Implementation
of Business Change
|Please note, for both full day workshops, delegates will
be able to sit the examination at the end of the workshop and get their
results on the same day. Pre-workshop personal study, using the BCS
publication Business Analysis, is strongly recommended. BCS will be
providing and running the examinations. The exam takes 1 hour and
will take place at 16:30 on the workshops day. Pre-registration is
required for this workshop and examination. Only delegates who
have signed up for all 3 days of this event will be entitled to attend this
workshop and be certified. A fee of £100 will be added to your
invoice for the certification. Places are limited to 20 for each workshop.
||Using the Benefit Map for Lean
Filip Hendrickx, AE NV
stakeholders want project results fast. They often come to the business
analyst armed with a solution, leaving not much room nor time for
challenging and proposing alternatives. The classic benefit map, when used
creatively, is a very useful and visual tool in opening up the
conversation with your business stakeholders quickly. In this interactive
workshop, participants will: a) Learn how to create room for discussing
the strategic context and alternative solutions for project initiatives b) Learn
how to bring hidden assumptions to the surface, so that they can be pulled
forward and tested early in order to lower the investment risk c) See
several case examples from multiple companies of how the benefit map has
served as a continuous check point in projects to align strategy and
||Creative, Visual Facilitation
Penny Pullan, Making Projects Work Ltd
and handling complex human dynamics are at the core of business analysis.
Yet, facilitated sessions too often miss the mark, leaving participants
uninspired and disengaged, especially in virtual teams.
In this interactive
workshop, Penny Pullan will focus on how you can achieve great outcomes
through inspiring and engaging visual facilitation.
||Business Analysis in BI and Analytics
Dirk Morgenroth, Atos
With the advent of
data-driven organizations requirements naturally change to increasingly
data-centric entities. However, specifying data and data analysis needs is
not an easy task for either one of the stakeholders involved, no matter how
mature the organization already is. This session sheds light on how
to adapt to these environments and project contexts as a Business Analyst
and provides the necessary basics.
||Better Thinking Skills for Better Business
James Archer, Public World &
Suzanne Robertson, Atlantic Systems Guild
The Business Analyst helps a wide variety of people to identify the real business problem and to find the most effective solution. To do this, the BA needs thinking skills that enable him/her to think differently, raise questions, expose new ideas and elevate the calibre of thinking on the project. This half-day workshop focuses on specific thinking skills that help the BA to be an effective thought leader. This workshop identifies the socio-technical skills needed by thinking Business Analysts. Participants explore and experiment with these skills, and the most effective ways to apply them in their own projects.
||Analysis of a User Story
Capita Customer Management & Michael Sylvain,
User stories are ubiquitous; most BA’s are writing or working with user stories these days. Despite their widespread use in the agile world, a user story is a structured piece of narrative. Despite this structured approach, user stories can still be interpreted, which can lead to re-working of solutions, which in turn introduces waste. A lack of analysis rigour can also lead to missed requirements, again resulting in waste. The audience will be introduced to new techniques based on categorical and propositional logic. These techniques have been thoroughly tested and proven to deliver clear unambiguous requirements. Used in conjunction with BA techniques and standards such as BAMs and UML, they are an extremely effective way uncovering the unknown knows, that are often the root cause of cost and quality issues.
||Making Remote Co-Location Work
Mark Lewing & John Stuart-Clarke,
Agile means co-location; developers sat with customers prototyping solutions and copying them live; yes?
Not often. In large organisations the customers sit hundreds of miles away from you, the BA. The Developers are offshore, the Designers are on 5 other projects and the Product Owner is trying to run a business unit as well as being available to you. This workshop will simulate an Agile inception and first sprint where the BA, Developers, Customers and Product Owner are remote from each other. Using technology to simulate remote co-location we will demonstrate how to modify each of the major Scrum ceremonies to allow for, and exploit the technology. Based on working methods being used on a daily basis at Aviva this workshop will provide real world help in making remote co-location work.
||Business Playground: Games and Play for the Effective BA
Georgiana Mannion, Process In Colour
Play can improve communication, documentation and facilitation. It is a powerful addition to existing Business Analysis skill sets. In this workshop you will learn how to incorporate playful techniques and games into different stages of your project life cycle and analysis work. To ensure it is functional as well as fun, we will incorporate methods from the BABOK® and BCS Body of Practice courses with an added playful side. You’ll learn more about why businesses are turning to these techniques and the benefits from applying them.
||Designing Compelling and Engaging Data
Tom Shanley, Business Analyst,
Redvespa New Zealand
This workshop will
arm you with various tools that you can use to present complex data to your
stakeholders, so that they're more compelling, engaging and ultimately more
useful. We will look beyond the normal office tools, but which can be
applied in your workplace today. You will; Learn about which data
visualisations tools are available, How to use their own data to build
useful data visualisations & How to design data visualisations so that
they are truthful, compelling and useful.
||Resilience - The Hidden Tool to See
You Through the Most Challenging Situation
Corrine Thomas, Choices Consulting
& Coaching & Sarah Fitton, Allen & Overy
Change projects can be hard; we must understand the real problem that the organisation is seeking to solve, whilst also handling challenging and difficult stakeholders. Often the BA feels stuck in the middle of a multitude of project and organisational challenges and under fire from all angles. At times like this, having the capability not to take things personally, keep the project going and seek practical ways forward is a valuable thing to be able to do. Being resilient means remaining strong in challenging situations. This workshop will help you develop the skills and capacity to build personal resilience in all areas of life by exploring what being resilient means and introducing you to some tools and techniques to use.
||Process Modelling and Analysis –
Practical Techniques and Frameworks
Alec Sharp, Clariteq Systems
Organisations around the globe are making serious efforts to improve
and even transform their business processes. They know they must understand
what they do, and how they do it, if they are to improve in a sustainable
way and adapt to constant change in the environment. Unfortunately, many
will struggle, coming up against the common pitfalls in working with
business processes. This session is specifically designed to help you avoid
those common problems. It’s packed with practical frameworks, techniques,
tips, and real-life examples from a variety of disciplines. It covers an end-to-end
set of techniques including introducing business process concepts to your
sometimes-skeptical colleagues, discovering true end-to-end processes,
scoping and modelling a process, and improving processes.
How Will This Conference Help You?
- Learn from other BAs past
successes and challenges from our wide range of case studies.
- Broaden your knowledge and
gain insights from internationally renowned experts.
- Extend your network – meet BAs
from a wide range of organisations and sectors and share ideas and
experiences with them.
- Meet a range of exhibitors
providing tools and services. Broaden your knowledge and gain insights
from internationally renowned expert
- Business Analysts
- Project/Programme Managers
- Business Sponsors
- Business Managers
- Anyone with an interest in
Business Analysis and Business Change including Business Architects,
Business Solutions Managers, Business Change Managers and Consultants
|Discounts: IRM UK Group Booking Discount, IIBA® and BCS
Group Booking Discount:
- 2-3 delegates 10% each
- 4-5 delegates 20%
- 6+ delegates 25%
- IIBA members will receive a 10% discount.
- IIBA UK Chapter members will receive a 15% discount.
- BCS Members are
entitled to a 10 per cent discount.
Group Booking Discount
and IIBA Discount OR BCS Discount can be taken in conjunction with each
other. When booking online ensure that you put IIBA/IIBA UK Chapter/BCS
membership number to ensure you receive the appropriate discount.
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|Business Analyst of the Year
Business Analyst of the
Year 2015 - Free conference entry to finalists!
We are delighted to announce that the Business Analyst of The Year Award 2015
will be awarded during the BA Conference. This Award is sponsored by
AssistKD. The Award celebrates excellence in Business Analysis practice.
There will be five
short-listed finalists who will receive complimentary entry to the
Conference. The winner of the Award will be announced at the BA Conference on
22 September. Further
Information and Application forms are available here.
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