ABADD 2016 Session Descriptions

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  Albany Business Analysis Development Day

  Business Analysis in Transformation - 2016 and Beyond



Change is Inevitable: How to Embrace and What to Embrace

This keynote presentation looks at the current industry prospective and use of the Business Analyst and how it was manifested. We will continue by looking at the telling need enterprise organizations have and how the evolution and maturation of the BA can easily fill that role. We will finish by looking at the skills needed for a BA to properly fulfill this need and how organizations can effectively recruit and empower with these skills.

Presenter: Mahesh Nattanmai

Facilitation Techniques

Get the techniques and tips you need to facilitate a meeting or requirements workshop. Learn how to build trust across your stakeholders in a meeting, uncover requirement conflicts while in session, and help get buy-in for a recommended solution with all parties face to face. You will also learn how an annotated agenda can help you successfully plan the workshop to the right level of detail. Do you need skills on how to manage a difficult group or get them to at decision? Great! Because we will cover a few of those too.

Presenter: Carolyn Lonergan  |  Click to view presentation

BABOK 3.0 and IIBA Certification Updates

The Business Analysis Body of Knowledge is our standards document. It is the key to growth in our profession by allowing organizations to build a BA organization on a foundation that is stable and consistent. And it allows organizations to find practitioners who can quickly fit into that foundation and produce results. As with anything in life, standards change as the world changes. We now have a new BABOK and with that new practices and perspective. On top of that, the organization that supports the BABOK development, the International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA) has announced a new certification with four new levels of certification. This presentation will discuss what is new in the BABOK 3.0, identify the critical pieces, and review the new certification levels based on the best available information.

Presenter: Jas Phul

Art and Science of Influence

In this presentation, we will look at why organizations have started to flatten. We will discuss how professionals can successfully navigate any organization type to move projects to execution. We will analyze matrix influence, versus command and control influence, versus bottom up influence. In the end, we have to look at the psychology of organization behavior and brain behavior in order to dig into the key professional skills required to get to a state of done. Part of this is to look at the very pragmatic realities of organizations, using real-world examples to show influence in action. At the end of the day, you become an influencer to get things done; ultimately, an influencer is an executor.

Presenter: Douglas Lapham  |  Click to view presentation

Business Architecture and the Business Analyst

The business architecture adds visibility into your enterprise, enabling better decision making. Having a business architecture to leverage, business analysts and their stakeholders can see the full enterprise picture and make more informed decisions that align with the enterprise's objectives. We will provide you with an overview of the business architecture structure, its value from a business analyst point of view, and how important each of the business architecture's elements are to business analysis.

Presenter: Kevin Brennan   | Click to view presentation

Transforming Your Business Using Lean Six Sigma

In this keynote presentation, we will look at what Lean Start-Up is and the techniques used to successfully take advantage or its practices and activities. The goal is to provide both the theory of Lean Start-Up and the real-world details of how the theory can be executed. From that point, we will look at some practical, real-world examples of how Lean Start-Up can be executed within any organization type, and how it can significantly reduce the risks involved in new product development and let the market help you make decisions over trying to plan where you think the market will end up.

Presenter: Clare Monteau  | Click to view presentation

The Role of a Business Analyst in an Agile Environment

What is the role of a business analyst in an Agile environment? A quick glance into Agile will be presented, but the key focus will be the introduction of key recommended activities for a business analyst on an Agile team. It is the business analyst who must become the "value manager" and ensure that the value of each delivered sprint is realized. It is also the business analyst who must ensure user stories align with strategies, other initiatives, enterprise architectures, releases, etc. Basically, it is up to the Business Analyst to be the "system thinker" and see the whole picture. Learn how critical it is for a Business Analyst to fit correctly into an Agile organization.

Presenter: Matthew Carmichael  | Click to view presentation

Elicitation "Hacks" for the Experienced Practitioners

Requirements elicitation is one of the most challenging activities for business analysis. Requirements serve as the foundation for the solution to the business needs. Therefore, it is essential that requirements be complete, clear, correct, and consistent. Leveraging proven means to elicit requirements will help meet these quality goals. Requirements elicitation involves identifying sources of requirements as well as identifying the methods to draw out requirements from these sources. A crafty business analyst will ensure that the stakeholders collaborate on the requirements and design, ensuring consistent scope is maintained. This presentation will cover "hacks" - useful techniques - for elicitation and collaboration with your stakeholders.

Presenter: Billie Johnson

Scaling Scrum in the Real World

In this presentation, learn the tools and knowledge needed to write Epics, Features, and User Stories within the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe), and have a solid foundation on how to manage programs in the Lean-Agile Enterprise.

Presenter: Pat Guariglia