ABADD 2017 Session Descriptions

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  Albany Business Analysis Development Day

   Business Analysis: Moving to the Next Level



Accepting Failure to Succeed

Every journey is accomplised through a series of steps. And missteps. It is critical to realize that it may be the missteps that help us reach the destination more quickly - if we apply what was learned to the following steps. So, don't let past missteps delay you, or the fear of another misstep stop you. while looking at options and evaluating which ones are good is important, it is more important to take the next step. If you always "look before you leap", you might miss the "adventure along the way" or the "road less traveled".

Morning Keynote: Ian Agranat

“The Future is Now: The Rise of the 21st Century Business Analyst, Strategic, Value-based Business Relationship Managers”

The 21st Century Business Analyst will be the most sought after role in the coming years, so don’t blink or you will miss it. The 21st Century BA role will be strategic, value-based, collaborative, and innovator. However, the specific expertise of the BA will differ greatly.

This presentation explores the various areas of focus for BAs: strategist, architect, business process designer, business rules/decision analyst, business intelligence analyst, value manager, agilest, transformational change expert, customer experience designer, and relationship manager to name a few. We will also explore the various domains the BA finds herself in, including: Technology-Driven Change – IT and Innovation, Business/Technology Optimization – It’s all about Value; and Industry-Specific Change Expert, such as Financial Services, Insurance, Education, Health Care, and Government/Non Profits. And finally, we will explore the leadership qualities for BAs of the future: Value Creation, Agility, Team Leadership, Transformational Change, Complexity Management, Creativity and Innovation.

Afternoon Keynote: Kitty Haas

Business Analysis and Product Ownership: One Goal, Two Views

Business analysts often struggle to find where they “fit” in organizations which are adopting agile practices.  Opinions abound among recognized experts, ranging from “sometimes there’s a business analyst on an agile team” all the way through “business analysts should consider moving up to take on a product owner role”.  In this workshop, we will consider the differences between goals and roles and views, as well as the similarities and differences between business analysis and product ownership practices.  Through group discussions and exercises/self-assessments, participants will gain insights which will help inform their own career decisions.

Attendees will learn:

  • The Business Analyst’s role within an Agile environment,
  • The Product Owner’s role, and the distinction,
  • How the Business Analyst can better support the Product Owner.

Presenter: Sue Burk |  Click to view presentation

Kickstart Software Development with User Interface (UI) Prototypes

Prototyping is an excellent way to gather requirements, improve communications, and focus project scope.  Learn how to rapidly transition a concept into visual designs, and ultimately into a functional usable prototype. This session will introduce BAs to the processes used and technologies available to incorporate prototyping into the Software Development Life Cycle. Exciting tools, such as InVision and AngularJS, will be introduced.  BAs will learn the advantages and disadvantages of prototyping, how to ensure a successful process, and when not to prototype.

Attendees will learn:

  • What prototyping is, and what it is not,
  • How to utilize prototyping to elicit and confirm requirements,
  • Pitfalls and challenges that prototyping can bring.

Presenter: Matthew Carmichael  |  Click to view presentation

Four Core Models for Scoping Requirements

A picture is worth a thousand words. That is, a visual speaks to us in ways that written text cannot. In the early years of schooling, children participate in lesson called “show and tell” as an effective way to express themselves (and keep the attention of their classmates). The majority of adults learn most effectively when visuals (pictures, diagrams, tables, prototypes, and models) are used. This session provides an overview of commonly used requirements-scoping models, as well as why and how each model is helpful on a project. When used collectively, these four core models help a team feel confident that requirements haven’t been missed. Industry expert Roxanne Miller shares the four core models that she uses on every project! Come and discover the power of four.

Attendees will learn:

  • Explore a visual approach to scoping the requirements for your project,
  • Understand why and how each model benefits your target audience,
  • Identify aspects of traceability among the models that contribute to communication effectiveness.

Attendees will also receive a Job Aid from Roxanne Miller.

Presenter: Roxanne Miller  

“Optimize Government Policies | Adapt Quickly | Empower Citizens”

Organizations, particularly government agencies, have complex sets of legislation, regulations and policy they need to implement correctly and consistently. They need to be able to respond efficiently to changing rules, while also helping their constituents understand how the rules apply to their situation. In addition, modern customer service requires that programs and information be made available through a variety of channels, such as on the web, in contact centers and on mobile devices. How can technology help organizations achieve these goals?

Target Competencies:

  • Elicitation and Collaboration
  • Techniques: Business Rules Analysis
Attendees will learn:
  • How complex rules can be captured and presented more simply.
Presenter: Jasmine Lee   |  Click to view presentation

Introduction to Business Value Analysis

Agile is a great way to build solutions, products or software in a way to reduce waste, connect to need, and protect yourself for risk.  But you still must understand what to build.  Many Agile teams are learning the hard way that their real value isn’t in following the science of the agile practices.  It is about picking the right things to build for the right reasons.  Without a strong Product Owners, agile teams can start providing output that misses need or opportunities in much the same way waterfall projects.

Business Value Analysis looks at the way teams to make decisions on what to build next. Usually this responsibility was left to the project sponsors (executives in the company) but the speed of change and the complexities of work systems is changing how decision on “what” are made.

This web seminar take a high-level look and provides SDLC professionals with a first step in understand the very esoteric concept of Value.  It can mean many different things based on someone prospective or position.  But this session will provide tangible ways to assess value and who critical thinking skills are used to support the decision process.  On top of that this session will discuss how to look at business direction and connect it the work planning you do. 

Understanding this critical topic is the key to long term agile success especially at the program and portfolio level.

Attendees will learn:

  • What Business Value is and how it can be expressed,
  • How Business Value can be analyzed,
  • How analysis can be used by businesses.

Presenter: David Mantica  

Decision Modeling Primer - Helping Others to Make Better Decisions

Decision modeling is a topic that is worthy of its own technique. However, it is frequently just embedded in other models, with less than successful results.
Are your process models large, complex, or unwieldy? Separating decision models from process models will improve both. Are your business rules difficult to understand? Decision models are a technique that can overcome part of that challenge.

This session presents a comprehensive decision modeling technique that is easily understood by both subject matter experts and your software development staff.

Attendees will learn:

  • Words that signify the need for a decision model,
  • The various BABOK techniques that include aspects of decision modeling,
  • How to model decisions in a simple and consistent fashion.

Presenter: Norman Daoust |  Click to view presentation

BRM - How Business Relationship Management Creates Growth

This session will explain the basics of the BRM role. From exploring client needs to generating demand to harvesting opportunities, the BRM role is required to build and expand projects. Join to learn how to help clients and partners connect the dots and develop a justification for future work.

Attendees will learn:

  • What is Business Relationships and the importance of managing them,
  • How Business Relationships can be utilized to better understand need,
  • How this can translate to better results.

Presenter: Doug Lapham

Engagement: Help Me to Help You

Proactively Educate Your Business Stakeholders for Greater Project Success

Are your projects plagued by problems such as unresponsive business stakeholders, unclear expectations, pointing fingers, missed deadlines? Do project critical business decisions seem to take forever? These common issues can cause high stress and frustration, repeated mistakes, wasted time and rework. Do your stakeholders then wonder why “IT didn’t get it right”? Business stakeholders sometimes see IT work as the “black box”, the unknown. Coupled with their own work demands, there can be a tendency to hang back and think “IT will make happen”.

Well, there are ways to increase the level of business engagement and ownership on your projects. Learn how to proactively design more successful outcomes, while building credibility and enhancing relationships with your business community. Gain tips on how to educate them about working with IT teams in partnership to create a more positive overall project experience.

Attendees will learn:

  • Improve project success through proactively educating business stakeholders on how to work effectively with IT.
  • Enhance your relationship and credibility with stakeholders for immediate and longer term project success.
  • Learn to minimize stress, miscommunications, missed deadlines, and rework, while clearly setting expectations and accountability.

Presenter: Marie Bankuti |  Click to view presentation  |  Click to view handout