Recently I attended the International Institute of Business Analyst‘s Professional Series Day. What an amazing and inspiring day. There’s nothing like being surrounded with like-minded professionals to get you thinking about your own skills and what you have to offer the world. I’ve often wondered how I might give something back to the business analyst community, and after speaking with a very interesting person at the function who said “just dive in!”, here I am, diving in.
The speakers of the day were fantastic – Roxanne Miller of Requirements Quest®, and Kevin Brennan, the Chief Business Analyst and Executive Vice President for the IIBA®. They spoke on some pertinent topics – asking the right questions to obtain requirements, the upcoming BABOK® Version 3, and business analysis in the Agile environment. You can see the IIBA.org website for the details of the sessions.
In addition, the day was wound up with a panel discussion from Roxanne, Kevin and Tim Conventry (President of the IIBA Australia Chapter). The discussion topic was “How to promote the value of a Business Analyst”. From the discussion, it was clear that business analysts often face the challenge of coworkers, managers and clients misunderstanding the skillset held by business analysts, which results in BA’s becoming the “fill in” resource – capable of completing work such as testing, project management, development and so on. This prompted be to write my first “real” post – Tips for the “Generalist BA”. Select the link to get reading!