ABADD 2021 Speakers
ALBANY BUSINESS ANALYSIS DEVELOPMENT DAY 2021
THE PRAGMATIC BA: BUILDING SKILLS TO THRIVE NOT JUST SURVIVE
Stephen Dowling - Learning to Unlearn – Opening Keynote
Stephen is a passionate educator, sense-maker, problem solver and simplifier. In Australia, he is one of the leading educators in the agile, lean and project delivery space.
Stephen has more than 20+ years of experience within the project delivery space. As a Project Leader he has successfully delivered many different types of projects, the largest being a complex upgrade of a US$2bn ERP system for a large US Pharmaceuticals company, across 17 countries in Europe.
Stephen is a regular international speaker at conferences and industry events and a trusted collaborator and colleague of Barry O’Reilly
David Mantica - The Career Insurance Canvas for Business Analysts – Career Track
Along with his work at SoftEd, David provides business owner coaching services to several companies in the Raleigh-Durham area through DTM Services. He also provides pro bono career coaching services and presentations to individuals and organizations throughout the US.
Cris Casey - AI: BA Threats and Opportunities – Career Track
Lightning Round: Transformation Stories
New to the Raleigh-Durham area, he is looking for new clients who have complex projects involving diverse groups of people needing servant-leadership, using a unique holistic and agile perspective only he can provide. With CSM, CSPO, ITIL, PMP, and SAFe 5 certifications, he uses a broad swath of methods to achieve positive outcomes for his clients and their employees.
When he is not working for clients, you’ll find Cris flying quad-line stunt kites, cooking gourmet meals with his wife, and delivering presentations on how recent findings in neuroscience can help reduce stress during chaotic and uncertain times.
Gautami Sonty - Lightning Round: Transformation Stories
Gautami holds a Master’s in Public Administration with concentrations in Healthcare Management from the Fairleigh Dickinson University, and a Master’s in Business Administration from International Technological University. She has recently received the ‘Employee of the Quarter award’ and ‘Tech Terrific’ awards from her employer, Tech Valley Talent for her significant project contributions. She became a Professional Scrum Master- 1 in July 2018; Certified Business Analysis Professional in Nov 2019 and is now actively pursuing Agile related/ PMP Certifications.
Laura Gribbin - Lightning Round: Transformation Stories
She has worked in IT, Corporate Product Management, and Market Structures filling roles including Systems Analyst (’86-’99), Tech Lead / Project Manager (1999-2003), IT Supervisor for Web, Oracle, Power Systems Applications (2003-2005), Senior BA (2006-2014), and Lead BA (2014-present). She has served on several Committees, supported Energy Market and Capacity Market Business Owners, and mentored other staff in business knowledge and BA Skills. She is an advocate for continuous process improvement and enterprise best practices. She achieved Advanced Communicatory Bronze in Toastmasters and completed Leadership Academy Foundation Skills in 2020.
Elizabeth Keeling - Lightning Round: Transformation Stories
George Diaz - Lightning Round: Transformation Stories
George is in the process of writing a whitepaper on the “Five Disciplines of Digital Transformation.” which leverages his most recent real-world experiences. It is his belief that in life we have an obligation to give back, and to leave things better than how we found them. It is George’s hope that after reading the concepts outlined within this text that the reader will feel enlightened, and empowered to create their own ideas and take the discipline to the next level. http://www.inspitechnologies.com
In his free time George can be found working out at the gym, playing volleyball or entertaining singing songs accompanied by his guitar. One of his songs was covered by the Idol Winner of Europe: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OCv9_PTvbJY
Dave Saboe - Product Management and the BA - Practicing BA Track
Sanjay Acharya - Building Trust with Design Thinking – Practicing BA Track
Delvin Fletcher - Trends and Career Opportunities in Business Analysis from the Sources – Closing Keynote
Prior to joining IIBA, he was with Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario as CIO, leading digital transformation in a large membership and regulated not-for-profit association. He spent his early professional years with KPMG Management Consulting working on strategy, marketing, technology and operations projects in North America and EMEA. He has served in leadership roles and managed global teams at both multinationals and high growth privately held companies, including SAP, Rubbermaid, Shred-it International, Ethoca Limited and Xchange Technology Group. In addition, his experience includes extensive consulting and interim leadership roles in both for-profit and not-for-profit organizations.
Delvin holds an undergraduate degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Toronto and is both a Professional Engineer (P. Eng) and a Certified Management Consultant (CMC).