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Meet Lana Woollgar | Commercial Awareness Delegate

Lana Woollgar Commercial Awareness Delegate

Lana Woollgar is a Business Analyst at The Foschini Group and a recent delegate on our Commercial Awareness Course.

Lana found that she really enjoyed the Commercial Awareness course class approach and interaction amongst delegates, and that she’s gotten great insight into how competing projects can be evaluated and a much better understanding of organisation culture.

Here’s what Lana had to say about her training experience:

Tell us a bit about yourself, Lana.

I’ve been working at The Foschini Group in various positions for the past 15 years, and am currently a business analyst with over 10 years experience in the role.

Why did you decide to take the commercial awareness course?

Taking stock of where I was in my career, I needed a challenge to continue to grow my broader business analysis skills.

How will the course help you in your career?

The course has given me a far better understanding of financial analysis, as far as organisational stability and project viability is concerned.

What was your biggest learning – did you have an AHA! Moment?

Getting sight into and understanding the range of alternative organisational cultures, to the ones I have experienced so far, was a very interesting topic.

What did you enjoy most about the BCMG training experience?

The class interaction and feedback between delegates really contributes towards what makes this training so enjoyable.

What would you tell someone who is considering doing this course?

This course will provide you with great insight into how projects can be evaluated for financial and organisational feasibility.

In the spirit of ‘keep growing’, what would you like to learn next?

Two down. Two to go – I’m looking forward to Modelling Business Processes next on The Business Analyst Bootcamp.

Lana took the steps to learn invaluable techniques for evaluating project feasibility and to understand the intricacies of organisation culture for managing change. Are you ready to gear up? Download the Commercial Awareness course brochure now.
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Meet Petrus Morobi | Business Analysis Practice Delegate

Petrus Morobi Business Analysis Practice Delegate

Petrus Morobi is a Senior Business Analyst at OM Insure and a recent delegate on our Business Analysis Practice course.

Petrus thought the Business Analysis Practice course facilitator was exceptional and said that he discovered lots of AHA! moments, especially the many strategic business analysis techniques which he will be using straight away when he gets back to the office.

Here’s what Petrus had to say about his training experience:

Tell us a bit about yourself, Petrus.

I’ve been in the business analysis space for over 10 years, and I’m currently a Senior Business Analyst at OM Insure.

Why did you choose to take the business analysis practice course?

Because the techniques covered in the course will enable me to facilitate at the Executive level, and therefore be able to better assist them in strategic decision making that adds value to business projects.

How will the course help you in your career?

It’s given me what I need to be able to operate at the enterprise analysis level, and be able to put together worthwhile business cases.

What was your biggest learning – did you have an AHA! Moment?

There were lots of AHA moments — the techniques and tools I learnt were great, and I will be using them straight away when I get back to the office.

What did you enjoy most about the BCMG training experience?

The course facilitator was exceptional, and I will definitely be registering for more courses in the near future.

What would you tell someone who is considering doing this course?

Quite simply, I would say this is the training to be in.

In the spirit of ‘keep growing’, what would you like to learn next?

Finishing the International Diploma in Business Analysis is on my career path – so Requirements Engineering and then the elective modules, probably the Foundation in Business Analysis and Modelling Business Processes.

Petrus took the steps to learn business case techniques and is adding value at the Executive level. Are you ready to gear up? Download the Business Analysis Practice course brochure now.
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Connecting Business Analysis with Project Success

Connecting Business Analysis with Project Success News

In celebration of great project leadership minds coming together, Joe Newbert, Managing Director of Business Change Academy, has been invited to present a keynote address on connecting business analysis with project success at the PMI MENA Conference (Middle East and Northern Africa), taking place in Kuwait and Bahrain on 3rd and 4th November 2018.

Whilst this unique two-day educational programme about how to evolve to deliver “Project leadership through excellence and innovation” provides opportunities to learn, share and expand understanding of various topics discussions with your peers about project management — it goes a step further by introducing the business analysis element to catalyse the symbiosis between the two professions.

Newbert’s talk titled “Busting Project Manager and Business Analyst Silo Mentality” explores the relationship between project managers and business analysts, and considers how these leadership roles can better collaborate to provide the strategic and tactical expertise required by organisations today.

Newbert, in stating the need for role collaboration, explains,

“The challenge is that whilst business analysts and project managers share a common goal and objectives they have different responsibilities within a project, and often hold conflicting, but not mutually exclusive, perspectives. The business analyst focuses outward with the stakeholders to ensure the right solution is built, while the project manager focuses inward to make sure the solution is built right.”

Often the end result is these two essential leadership roles not working collaboratively, and Joe’s talk aims to break down the silo’s to leverage greater efficiencies by highlighting the current role dynamics, future collaboration opportunities and actions that business analysts and project managers must harness to build strong working relationships and drive team cohesion.

“Inaccurate requirements gathering consistently ranks in the top three causes of project failure yet only half of organisations have the resources in place to perform this function properly, and we are delighted to have Joe deliver a keynote session addressing this issue at the PMI MENA conference this year,” says Tarnbir Kaur CAE, Managing Director of PMI UAE.

Conference delegates will understand the past, present and future narratives of industry and organisations to make sense of the rapidly changing world we operate in today and the new definitions and considerations for business and project success.

You can learn more about the PMI MENA Conference and book your seat here.

About Joe Newbert

Joe Newbert is a trainer, writer, speaker and business consultant, with a focus on remarkable business change through performance excellence. He is the Managing Consultant at Business Change Academy and founder of Inter-View.Report.

For more than 20 years, Joe has been working and leading teams on over 100 projects, across five continents, helping companies and individuals to leverage the benefits of business analysis, solution development and change management for enduring results. As well as assisting organisations such as the IIBA and PMI, Newbert’s other projects include the creation of the hands-on business consulting toolset Sketchnalysis, and Pragnalysis, a resource hub that provides practical guidance for business analysts, project leaders and change managers.

When not enabling business change, you can usually find Joe out in the wilderness, running a trail, somewhere.

About Business Change Academy

Business Change Academy is a training company based in Cape Town, South Africa. Founded in 2008, Business Change Academy provides accredited qualifications + short courses for project professionals seeking internationally recognised best-practice competencies in business analysis, solution development and change management.

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Meet Tulani Maka | Foundation in Business Analysis Delegate

Tulani Maka Foundation in Business Analysis DelegateTulani Maka is a Business Analyst at Saratoga and a recent delegate on our Foundation in Business Analysis course.

Tulani found the Foundation in Business Analysis to be an eye opening course, giving him many tools and techniques that he can use to achieve his business analysis goals and manage requirements. He believes that what he learnt will open doors for him in the business analyst world.

Here’s what Tulani had to say about his training experience:

Tell us a bit about yourself, Tulani.

I’m a proud father and a die hard Orlando Pirates fan.

And, having completed a B.Com (IS), B.Com(Hons)(IS) and Certificate in Business Analysis, I currently operate as a Business Analyst at Saratoga – with 6 years’ experience working on document management, financial services and digital media solutions.

Why did you choose to take the foundation in business analysis course?

My reasons for taking on this course were to improve my knowledge and understanding in the business analysis space. I was particularly looking to learn tools and techniques that I can use in my everyday life, to better handle client requirements and add value to the team I’m working with.

And the course met my expectations 101%.

How will the course help you in your career?

Previously I’ve found requirements management to be an area that challenged me, but the learnings from the course will go a long way in solving that.

What was your biggest learning – did you have an AHA! Moment?

My most valuable learnings were the many tools and techniques that we covered, and they will help me to achieve my business analysis goals. I especially found the PESTLE technique to be very insightful.

What did you enjoy most about the BCMG training experience?

I enjoyed every aspect of the training. Keep up the good work!

What would you tell someone who is considering doing this course?

I’d recommend it, because it’s an eye opening course that could open doors in the business analyst world!

In the spirit of ‘keep growing’, what would you like to learn next?

I would definitely like to complete the International Diploma in Business Analysis.

Tulani took the steps to learn new techniques which has opened doors for him in the business analyst world. Are you ready to gear up? Download the Foundation in Business Analysis course brochure now .
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Meet Jeanette Venter | Business Analysis Practice Delegate

Jeanette Venter Business Analysis Practice BCMG DifferenceJeanette Venter is a Project Manager at Aurecon and a recent delegate on our Business Analysis Practice course.

On the training Jeanette learnt a holistic approach to better guide her business stakeholders to take the right decisions, and feels she has gained the strategic business analysis knowledge, skills and abilities needed to ensure her career stays relevant.

Here’s what Jeanette had to say about her training experience:

Tell us a bit about yourself, Jeanette.

I am a Project Manager at the Aurecon Group and I hold a Business Science degree, as well as PMP and CBAP certifications.

As part of my role, I also perform the Business Analyst function on projects.

Why did you decide to take the business analysis practice course?

Because it gave me a new challenge – to obtain an international qualification.

And much has changed since I completed my degree in 1989, and by attending the course I was able to observe latest theory and practices, measuring what I do against the norm, and improve my skills.

As I already have my CBAP, I should be able to obtain the International Diploma in Business Analysis without too much difficulty — but I will have to study before I do the final oral examination!

How will the course help you in your career?

The techniques I learnt will help me to provide clear guidance and feedback to my clients.

One of the senior managers at my client is at this stage proposing quite radical system changes, and I will be using the knowledge gained to better state the full picture, enabling the client to take the right decisions moving forward.

What was your biggest learning – did you have an AHA! Moment?

It was a great opportunity to attend the course and I learnt many things, but perhaps above all my biggest learning was to

… treat each business analysis feasibility study as a mini-project – to manage it better!

What did you enjoy most about your training experience?

All of it — the professionalism of course materials, course facilitation and course venue.

On projects I am often responsible for training our system users and I know from experience that it is not easy to focus on your trainees, work through the theory, respond to any questions, whilst guiding the course material, but I easily followed what the facilitator was saying while marking important information with my highlighter.

Plus, most importantly, the facilitator did not simply read the manual out loud, and when I worked through the manual afterwards I was able to follow the material easily on my own.

BCMG’s course instructor and course materials passed with flying colours!

What would you tell someone who is considering doing this course?

Everything covered in the course was thought provoking and very relevant.

The techniques covered, like POPIT,  make you think about all aspects of business change, and anybody that is involved in a business systems project will benefit from completing this course.

Traditionally many projects are considered to be IT projects, but realising the true implications for the business environment goes a long way to making all stakeholders happy!

In the spirit of ‘keep growing’, what would you like to learn next?

I am definitely going to obtain my International Diploma in Business Analysis!

The business analysis courses count towards a globally recognised certification, and because of that it is much easier to get budget approval — plus, having seen how my news skills are making a positive difference, my company is assured that training money spent on Business Change Academy’s courses is money well spent.

Later this year I am looking to complete my set of courses with the practitioner module – I’m still to decide between Modelling Business Processes, or Benefits Management and Business Acceptance – either will ensure that I keep learning and that my career stays relevant!

Jeanette took the steps to learn strategic business analysis skills that will keep her career relevant. Are you ready to keep up? Download the Business Analysis Practice course brochure now.
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Hitchhikers Guide to Strategic Business Analysis

Slides from the conference presentation ‘Hitchhikers Guide to Strategic Business Analysis’, as presented by Joe Newbert at IIBA-SA BA Summit 2018.

Presentation abstract

Is your organisation’s business model aligned to the marketplace? Are people at the heart of your business change? Do processes stem from key value propositions? Does information technology support the required business architecture?

Consciously and deliberately guiding the business strategy towards project tactics is an imperative for organisations looking to thrive in this modern age, today — an age with unprecedented challenges ranging from demanding customer expectations through to intense market competition.

This talk will power-through a best practice approach for business analysts on their journey of facilitating strategic business analysis with the end-in-mind of realising business benefits, while introducing definitive go-to tools and techniques that focus on engaging with stakeholders to elicit their real needs.

Key takeaways

What you’ll learn:

  • 1 holistic model for considering business systems and avoiding the pitfalls of silo-thinking
  • 3 straightforward approach detailing the key steps for delivering a strategic business analysis project
  • 6 stakeholder-centric method for analysing different perspectives and managing  group consensus
  • 42 proven business analysis tools and techniques to string together towards a persuasive business case

Whether you’re a business manager, business analyst or project manager, a junior, intermediate or senior, this talk will extend your knowledge, skills and abilities to lead business change, build better solutions and unlock business value.

Event details

What, when and where it happened:

  • IIBA-SA BA Summit Southern Africa
  • 1st – 3rd October 2018
  • Johannesburg, South Africa

About the speaker

Joe Newbert is a trainer, writer, speaker and business consultant, with a focus on successful business change through performance improvement. He is the Principal Lecturer at Business Change Academy and founder of Inter-View.Report

For more than 20 years, Joe has been working and managing teams on over 100 projects, across five continents, helping organisations and individuals to leverage the benefits of business analysis, solution development and change management for enduring results. Newbert’s other projects include the creation of the hands-on business consulting toolset Sketchnalysis, and Pragnalysis, a resource hub that provides practical guidance for business analysts, project leaders and change managers.

When not enabling business change, you can usually find Joe out in the wilderness, running a trail somewhere.