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Meet Lana Woollgar | Business Analysis Practice Delegate

Lana Woollgar is a Business Analyst at The Foschini Group and a recent delegate on our Business Analysis Practice course.

Lana had an epiphany on the Business Analysis Practice course – that the acronyms are not just ‘buzzwords’ anymore! She found that the focused and practical content helped her to see the value and application of techniques across the business analysis spectrum.

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

Tell us a bit about yourself, Lana.

I’ve been performing business analysis for over 10 years, and have been working at The Foschini Group in various positions for the past 15 years.

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

Obtaining this formal business analyst certificate is a goal I want to achieve – and one that I have now successfully completed!

How will the course help you in your career?

Having the techniques to perform strategic analysis on the business areas and identify their issues will be invaluable to me on my projects.

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

The acronyms are not just ‘buzzwords’ anymore! I can see the value and applications of the techniques.

What did you enjoy most about the BCMG training experience?

I really enjoyed the intimate class and the way ALL delegates are encouraged to participate.

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

You’ll really like the focused content and practical work that cements each section. I recommend it.

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

I am on the path towards my International Diploma in Business Analysis – so next up is Commercial Awareness.

The acronyms are not just ‘buzzwords’ anymore! The focused and practical content helped me to see the value and application of techniques across the business analysis spectrum.

Lana took the steps to go beyond the buzzwords and apply techniques in a way that adds real value in the strategic analysis of business. Are you ready to gear up? Download the Business Analysis Practice course brochure now.
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Meet Yaseen Patel | Foundation in Business Analysis Delegate

Yaseen Patel Foundation in Business Analysis Delegate

Yaseen Patel is a Business Analyst at Saratoga and a recent delegate on our Foundation in Business Analysis short course.

Yaseen believes that being certification rich always feels great, but that his eagerness to implement the learnings he made on the business analysis foundation course – and that there were plenty of those – on to his current projects is the real benefit.

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

Tell us a bit about yourself, Yaseen.

I’m a Business Analyst at Saratoga, with 3 years experience under my belt.

And I also volunteer for the IIBA-SA as Social Media manager for the organisation.

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

My intentions were to sharpen my analysis skills by learning new techniques and methods, and I choose the foundation course as I wanted to ensure a solid base and sound analytical mindset in order to produce higher quality outputs.

Plus I wanted to place particular focus on strategy analysis, and the making of business and financial cases.

How will the course learnings help you in your career?

The learnings will help me to take a more structured approach to my business analysis activities.  And now not only do I realise the full value added through business analysis activities, but I can communicate it too.

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

There were plenty of those.

Aligning the material to real-world examples indicated where and how the techniques can be used in practice, and then debating the topics as a group increased the quality of my learnings.

What did you enjoy most about your training experience?

Being relaxed and going through the material to discuss and clarify understanding when needed made me very comfortable with the time-frame of the course, which at first was a bit scary.

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

Certification rich always feels great, but taking away the eagerness to implement the many learnings on to your current projects is the real benefit.

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

I’m going to complete the full International Diploma in Business Analysis 🙂

Yaseen took the steps to get a solid analytical mindset and is producing higher quality outputs. Are you ready to gear up? Download the Foundation in Business Analysis course brochure now.
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Meet Thabisile Zikalala | Modelling Business Processes Delegate

Thabisile Zikalala Modelling Business Processes Delegate

Thabisile Zikalala is a Business Analyst at Yekani Manufacturing and a recent delegate on our Modelling Business Processes course.

Thabi found that seeing how the whole process fitted together on the Modelling Business Processes course was an AHA! moment for her, and, it’s a big statement, but she now understands how to carry out her job in a way that adds much more value.

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

Tell us a bit about yourself, Thabi.

By profession I’m an electronics engineer and I’ve been wanting to move into the role of a business analyst for some time.

Fortunately, the company I work for has created the post for me and I have now been in the role for just a few months!

Why did you choose to take the modelling business processes course?

As a result of my new role, I wanted to acquire the tools of the trade so that I can be tested in what I do.

I needed to learn skills that will enable me to do my job thoroughly and deliver professionally, which will add value to myself, the organisation I work for and the industry sector.

How will the course help you in your career?

I now understand how to carry out the function of my job.

We covered everything through business environment analysis, budgeting, costing and pricing, and use case and class diagrams.

I’ll need to work with them more to understand it all better, and gain on-the-job clarity, but the course has opened doors I will explore.

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

To see how the whole process fit together was a definite Aha! moment for me.

My role involves a lot of business process improvement work, and the methodology and notation I learned have given me much more insight that I had previously.

It was also helpful to move the business process model right through into requirements engineering. And The financial analysis of products will also be very useful for the work that I do.

What did you enjoy most about your training experience?

I enjoyed it all.

The intimate class allowed the time to collaborate with team members, and many meaningful interactions surfaced because of it.

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

It will expand your scope of operation.

There is a lot of work that is not done in a way that adds value, due to lack of understanding about the value of business analysis, and the course frames how to best do it well.

It’s great investment to enhance whatever business analysis skills you have, and those you lack.

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

Finishing off the International Diploma in Business Analysis is next.

And then I’ll be applying the many learnings from the programme to the work that I do – and that will keep me very busy indeed!

Thabi took the steps to learn how the whole business analysis process fits together
and is now carrying out her job in a way that adds much more value. Are you ready to
gear up? 
Download the Modelling Business Processes course brochure now.
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Meet Trevor McCarthy | Requirements Engineering Delegate

Trevor McCarthy Requirements Engineering Delegate

Trevor McCarthy is an independent Business Analyst and a recent delegate on our Requirements Engineering course.

Trevor reflects that we tend to stick with what we know and what has worked in the past, but that the Requirements Engineering course challenged him to think differently about how he engages stakeholders during the various requirements phases.

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

Tell us a bit about yourself, Trevor.

I’ve been in business analysis for 10 years and I’m currently on sabbatical, having resigned from my previous role during August 2017 to explore some new options.

Beyond Business Analysis, I keep myself busy with:

  • Hiking: 2 successful summits of Kilimanjaro to date
  • Cycling: going for my 10th Cape Town Cycle tour ride in 2019

Why did you choose to take the requirements engineering course?

After taking a year off, I am keen to get back into the business analyst space and decided a good place to start off would be by completing this programme.

My expectations of The Business Analyst Bootcamp were to:

  1. Learn about the latest developments in the business analysis space
  2. Learn new techniques and skills so that I can add further value to a business

How will the course help you in your career?

The knowledge I’ve gained of strategic analysis techniques will certainly help me to better prepare effective business case’s in future – alongside the ability to perform investment appraisal’s when deciding on the viability of projects.

From a business process perspective it’s often difficult to find areas of improvement, specifically ways to implement them effectively and efficiently, but I’ve now got some good tools to do that, whilst causing minimal disruption to the business users.

Then when we moved on into requirements engineering, for the first time I saw the real relevance and true benefits of the use case.

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

That Use Case, as I said, was definitely one of them, especially for organising and categorising requirements.

Having a methodology, rather than just a notation, to follow when changing business processes – particularly working through the task analysis and human analysis of process activities – is another.

But pulling together specific techniques to derive a SWOT analysis, instead of running a workshop and relying on people to provide the SWOT, was a stand-out lesson (with a special mention to Porter’s 5 Forces and MOST of the PESTLE).

Oh, and, having the ability to use financial ratios to determine if a company is improving, that was pretty cool.

What did you enjoy most about your training experience?

Interactive classroom discussions guided by a skilled and knowledgeable facilitator.

Enough time is allocated to learn and understand the concepts presented and then to apply these learnings in classroom exercises. The opportunity to test your learnings by completing previous exam papers, further reinforced the learnings.

Plus, learning to write with a pencil again!

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

We tend to stick with what we know and what has worked before.

But the programme gives you the opportunity to learn about when to use the right tools and techniques, and challenges you to think differently about engaging stakeholders in the requirements engineering process.

Overall it was good to review the value chain proposition and how this would / should drive your thinking; as it’s an often-forgotten step in the process, and to understand the various organisational structures and financial impacts that drive projects.

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

Well, I’ve completed the four qualifying modules now – so the next stop is the preparation workshop and oral examination. Nearly there.

Additionally, I’d be keen to learn about Systems Modelling and Data Analysis techniques in more detail.

Trevor took the steps to challenge himself and is thinking differently about how he works as a business analyst. Are you ready to gear up? Download the Requirements Engineering course brochure now.
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Meet Lana Woollgar | Modelling Business Processes Delegate

Lana Woollgar Modelling Business Processes Delegate

Lana Woollgar is a Business Analyst at The Foschini Group and a recent delegate on our Modelling Business Processes course.

Lana found that through the practical examples that solidify the concepts and theory shared on the Modelling Business Processes course the importance of documenting process and task measures, which are too often overlooked, hit home for her.

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

Tell us a bit about yourself, Lana.

I’m a business analyst at The Foschini Group, and for fun I love to belly dance!

Why did you decide to take the modelling business processes course?

Aside from the course learnings themselves, completing this course will give me Professional Development hours that count towards IIBA certification.

How will the course help you in your career?

It tied a lot of things together for me.

Knowing to frame and contextualise the internal business processes with the external organisational factors will definitely help me to solve a few challenges going forward.

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

The importance of documenting measures together with processes and tasks was my AHA! moment, as this is something that is often overlooked.

What did you enjoy most about the BCMG training experience?

I really enjoyed the way the course is presented, with the key concepts being interspersed by practical exercises.

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

The practical examples and exercises really solidify the concepts and theory. It’s well worth it.

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

Last, but not least on The Business Analyst Bootcamp is Requirements Engineering.

Lana took the steps to learn and practice key concepts to document and measure business process tasks in a way that will hit home. Are you ready to gear up? Download the Modelling Business Processes course brochure now.