2017 ABADD Presenters
Ian Agranat was an engineer for Prime Computer where he applied his energetic, creative spirit in leading-edge technical designs. When the minicomputer industry crashed, he started his first company, Agranat Systems. For nine years, he enjoyed an amazing ride building a team of superheroes, developing best-in-class technology, and ultimately selling the business to Virata in 2000.
As the Vice President of a public company on NASDAQ, Ian quickly realized he preferred to be the entrepreneur driving a small nimble business. He left Virata in 2002 and started Wildlife Acoustics in 2003. At Wildlife Acoustics, Ian says his job is a perfect cross section of two passions – high technology and nature. "Once again, I have surrounded myself with an amazing team of talented individuals, I enjoy applying my technical expertise to discover solutions to new and challenging problems, and feel great knowing that we are delivering the best products and service to the world's caretakers of our threatened natural resources."
Kitty Haas is the leading expert in Strategic Business Analysis and Complex Project Management. She has written nine books, dozens of influential articles, and given lectures at corporations throughout the world. She is a professor of Strategic PM and BA Practices at Villanova University and a keynote speaker at conferences around the world. Kitty was a Director on the IIBA Board, and is on the BA advisory boards for Capella University and the University of California, Irvine. Her ground breaking work in Project Complexity has earned her recognition as a recipient of the PMI’s David I. Cleland Literature Award.
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Sue Burk has over twenty-five years of experience helping organizations adopt and adapt requirements, analysis, architecture, estimating, outcome measurement, testing, and project management practices. She is also a Certified Scrum Master, supporting agile and lean transformations. She has been a reviewer of Experience Reports Proposals for the annual Agile Alliance conference since 2013, as well as a “shepherd” for selected proposals.
Her presentations have been featured for more than twenty years at user groups, including the Data Management Association (DAMA), the International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA), and the Project Management Institute (PMI). She helped to inject an agile perspective as a contributing author for PMI’s publication “Business Analysis for Practitioners: A Practice Guide” and will be a contributing author for their next publication about business analysis, again, with an agile perspective.
In addition, her work as a consultant and coach in the for-profit world, Sue is delighted to help small non-profits in her role as a pro-bono consultant with Executive Service Corp of New England (www.escne.org), supporting its Outcome Measurement practice.
Matthew Carmichael is a Certified Scrum Master (CSM) and the founder of SaQus IT Solutions, an Agile software development company. He has authored over 300 custom applications, specializing in custom applications for organizations that have unique processes which cannot be fulfilled by off-the-shelf software. He has provided Agile training to project teams and managers and specializes in presenting Agile software development to those without technology backgrounds.
Industry expert Roxanne Miller has been consulting on requirements management practices for over 20 years. She is an international contributor, speaker, author, coach, and mentor in the Business Analyst community. Her book, The Quest for Software Requirements, is an in-depth reference guide with over 2,000 elicitation questions and a tested framework for mastering nonfunctional requirements and stakeholder profiling. Roxanne is an MIS graduate from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
Jasmine Lee has been working in the realm of business rules for 15 years around the world, including in the United States, the United Kingdom and Australia. Jasmine’s particular area of focus has been Public Sector and helping governments transform complex legislation, regulations and policy into IT systems. In more recent years, this has also included helping agencies understand how they can make their rules more approachable to constituents through improved online customer experience.
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David Mantica is VP of Sales and Marketing at Fastlane. His career as a business leader in the training industry spans twenty-two years. As a specialist in business-to-business continuing education, David brings deep experience to roles in executive, product management, marketing and operations capacities. He has an impressive portfolio of goal-driven successes identifying market opportunities in the training sector and responding with training product development initiatives. Courses developed by his firms have addressed skills gaps in a range of industries, including: the software development life cycle, many IT topics, telecommunications, finance, healthcare IT and marketing.
David’s primary professional expertise lies in his unique ability to understand the business drivers that underscore the need for technology skills and find a market niche for educational products which help professionals achieve competitive advantage with these skills. He also specializes in topics focusing on the alignment of business needs and technology resources, and building training solutions around it.
Norman Daoust founded his consulting company, Daoust Associates, www.DaoustAssociates.com, in 2001. He has trained more than five hundred business analysts for the Corporate Education Group, an IIBA endorsed educational provider. His consulting specializes in data modeling, data architecture, and healthcare electronic data exchange using the HL7 standard. His clients have included theCenters for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Veteran’s Health Administration (VA), the Canadian Institute for Health Information, several healthcare provider networks, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Ministry of Commerce and Industry, and a Fortune 500 software company.
Norman speaks frequently at national and regional conferences including Project Summit - Business Analyst World, and has presented at more than a dozen IIBA chapter meetings around the country. His book, UML Requirements Modeling for Business Analysts, is written for business analysts. Norman is an engaging speaker who enjoys making complex topics easy.
Douglas Lapham is a National Sales Director at First Data. He is an experienced leader of performance management, process improvement and organizational change initiatives. All of which require influence skills.
He brings over twenty years of commercial and public sector consulting experience and a passion for improving organizations and their processes. Douglas has advised leadership teams and individual contributors on three continents and in over 30 organizations in areas of quality, operational improvement and large-scale technology systems deployment. His background includes strategic planning, ERP implementations, and developing strong executive teams.
Douglas is both a technologist and a student of behavioral sciences. He understands how the large IT projects succeed when the end users understand the purpose, feel well prepared, and are coached through significant periods of change. He is an experienced facilitator and business analyst skilled at capturing requirements and developing roadmaps. Doug understands how users react to new technology and business processes and he knows how to quickly win support and develop new skills at all levels of the organization.
Marie Bankuti, PMP, PCC, CPCC is a professionally certified Leadership Team Development Coach, Trainer, PMP and founder of Tether Free Vision Inc. Her career is built on commitment to excellence, integrity, and continuous learning; and her passion is assisting leaders and teams in bringing their very best to their work, while creating engaged and productive working relationships.
Marie works with leaders to identify their unique strengths, define their own success, and step into action, while creating their own l leadership style with heart and intentional impact. She also works with teams to increase productivity and positivity, by developing awareness on the relationship system, and empowering them to quickly and effectively address conflict and harness capacity.
With 28+ years in Information Technology as Developer, Business Analyst, Project Manager & Manager, and 9 years Coaching, Marie has worked in State Government, Financial, Banking, Manufacturing, Consulting and Non-Profit industries. Some of her previous speaking engagements have been with Project Summit/Business Analyst World Conferences, Harvard University, and PMI and IIBA chapters.