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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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Taste of Technique Driven Strategic Business Analysis

Taste of Technique Driven Strategic Business Analysis News

With organisations under increasing pressure to remain relevant and competitive in the marketplace, Joe Newbert, Managing Director of Business Change Academy has been invited to present taste of technique driven strategic business analysis at the IIBA Southern Africa BA Summit, taking place Johannesburg from 1st to 3rd October 2018.

This three day conference programme about how organisations, in partnership with the business analysis profession, can embrace change and transform business to realise value provides a platform for all Business Analysts, and the organisations that employ them, to come together to debate and understand how how the business analyst role advises and drives strategy deliver business value, and support strategic business change.

Newbert’s talk titled “Hitchhiker’s Guide to Strategic Business Analysis” 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.

Presenting at the conference for the sixth straight year, Newbert says

“The problem is that in many organisations a broad strategy is rushed into project tactics, without fully analysing the business change sufficiently beforehand. This haste results in the many over-due, over-budget and under-quality project situations we commonly see today — strategic business analysis is the solution to this gap,” says Newbert.

Often the root cause is that the business project and information technology teams are not working in symphony, and Joe’s talk will showcase a stakeholder-centric method for analysing different perspectives and managing group consensus, as well as proven business analysis techniques to string together towards a persuasive business case.

Conference delegates will learn a holistic model for considering business systems and avoiding the pitfalls of silo-thinking, and a straightforward approach detailing the key steps for delivering a strategic business analysis project.

You can learn more about the IIBA Southern Africa BA Summit 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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Launching the BCS International Diploma In Business Analysis

Launching the BCS International Diploma In Business Analysis News

Business Change Academy are excited to be launching the BCS International Diploma in Business Analysis in South Africa. This globally accredited and prestigious award is more than a seal of approval, it’s the industry-recognised certification that truly demonstrates the knowledge, skills and abilities of an effective Business Analyst.

Business Change Academy’s goal in bringing this business analysis course programme to South Africa is to produce knowledgeable, skilled and capable business analysts of the standard that are needed to meet the demands of modern business.

“Merely conforming to the legislative landscape of the South African education and training environment, and creating courses and content to meet those standards, does not produce the calibre of business analysis professional required by organisations today,” says Joe Newbert, MD of Business Change Academy.

The BCS International Diploma in Business Analysis provides a professional qualification for business analysts. It sets the standard by which business analysts can be assessed, and is aimed at business and IT professionals who wish to demonstrate that they have a detailed understanding of business analysis best practice and competency in range of skills and techniques.

According to Newbert, the vision to launch this internationally recognised business analysis programme to the South African market is not only a a first-of-its-kind, but it turns traditional business analysis training on its head.

“The curriculum is designed to offer flexibility to develop skills in the key areas that are relevant to both the individual and the organisation — the structure of which enables delegates to choose the modules, the sequence and the timing of the courses to match their career path.”

How do I get the diploma?

To achieve the BCS International Diploma in Business Analysis certification, candidates must pass four one-hour written examinations on a number of business analysis topics, each of which leads to a certificate which has value in its own right.

To convert their set of certificates into the full Diploma, candidates then attend an interview with two BCS examiners to confirm their technical, business and interpersonal competencies.

What modules do I need?

The certificates can be gained in any order, comprising of two core modules, one knowledge module and one practitioner module:

Core modules – you must pass both of these:

Knowledge based modules – you must pass one of these:

Practitioner modules – you must pass one of these:

The modules delegates choose, for example, business versus technical, will depend on background, situation and preference, what their organisation requires, the nature of their current role and their future career aspirations.

You can learn more about the BCS International Diploma in Business Analysis here, or contact team@bcmg.co.za for further details.

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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Inter-View Report To Step Aside During 2018

Inter-View Report To Step Aside During 2018 News

It’s never an easy decision to postpone an annual industry publication, especially when it is such an anticipated feature on the business analysis calendar, but if you have been waiting for the survey opening and community insights from the much anticipated Inter-View Report in 2018 sadly you’ll have to curb your enthusiasm until 2019.

In a year that has seen incredible growth for Business Change Academy, the company that both publishes the report and provides training in business analysis, had to make a tough choice with regard to where to deploy their resources to make the biggest difference in the long term. 

Inter-View Report Founder, Joe Newbert, stated:

“Having established itself as an industry go-to magazine, and knowing the meaningful benefits Inter-View provides subscribers, the decision for the Inter-View Report to step aside during 2018 was not one we took lightly. It was a tough call.”

BCMG Academy carefully considered how to best focus to meet the growing demand for their business analysis short courses, especially with their new flagship International Diploma in Business Analysis launching in May 2018.

“We are delighted to see the steady rate at which our courses are being adopted by organisations, as the preferred means to enhance their internal skills and make a valuable impact. And with our growing reputation, the trend is that the BCS Diploma in Business Analysis is set to become the de facto business analysis qualification in South Africa.”

The Inter-View Report will be back again next year, and as we move closer to the end of the year the team will begin the hard work to bring readers another round of meaningful insights that focus on the business analysis trends and issues which are shaping the state of project delivery world-wide.

To stay in the loop and be notified for the opening of the Inter-View Report 2019 survey, plus get a copy of the magazine, you can subscribe here.

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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IIBA Draws On Rich Global Business Analysis Leadership

IIBA Draws On Rich Global Business Analysis Leadership News

In a strategic drive to revitalise their endorsed education provider programme, the International Institute in Business Analysis (IIBA) has appointed South Africa based Business Change Academy as a core member of its Endorsed Education Provider (EEP) Advisory Board to provide insights and recommendations that will help shape future direction.

The revitalization initiative, from which the IIBA draws on rich global business analysis leadership, has mandated the Advisory Board to provide innovative solutions towards developing a more valuable EEP framework. The goal is to ultimately support the professional development of business analyst’s worldwide, through competency-based learning approaches, by actively engaging Endorsed Education Providers.

“We are both thrilled and honoured that the IIBA has asked us to play an active part in executing their strategy, one that brings together the agenda of influencing global business analyst professional development tactics that enable growth opportunities for all,” says Joe Newbert, MD of Business Change Academy.

The IIBA appoint Business Change Academy to advisory board on a history of strong synergy between the two organisations, with Joe having been a core member of the business analysis competency model development team as well as serving as a Non-Executive Director on the IIBA-SA board, and as such the collaboration is well poised to further the business analyst profession globally and reinvigorate the IIBA EEP initiative with fresh perspectives.

The EEP programme has two main objectives.

  1. It firstly enables the business analyst community to easily identify endorsed education providers and their endorsed training courses, as being aligned to the global standard for business analysis a Guide to the Business Analysis Body of Knowledge (BABOK® Guide).
  2. Secondly, it provides a licensing mechanism to such education providers to properly use IIBA intellectual property including trademarks and BABOK® Guide content.

In further support of these objectives, Business Change Academy’s training philosophy is focused on building real-world analysis skills and, as a committed EEP, their IIBA Endorsed courses have been carefully designed to provide rich and immersive training experiences in full alignment with the BABOK.

Taking into consideration the diversity of specialisations in the profession, the International Diploma in Business Analysis is crafted in such a way that it encourages business analysts to choose modules relevant to their role and develop their careers in a way that suits their unique personal aspirations.

You can learn more about the BCS International Diploma in Business Analysis here, or contact team@bcmg.co.za for further details.

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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Raise Your Business Analyst Profile With A Guest Post

Raise Your Business Analyst Profile With A Guest Post News

Business Change Academy, South Africa’s sought after business analysis training provider, continues to innovate within the local business analyst community by opening an exciting opportunity for individuals to expand their horizons and raise their profile with a guest post that shares their business analysis story, insight, knowledge and expertise.

The South African business analysis community continues to receive global recognition, with international conference speakers routinely commending our level of professional maturity, yet when it comes to digital publication and online discussion South Africans appear much less vocal than their global peers.

Having steadily built South Africa’s premiere business analysis platform, Business Change Academy are opening up their popular blog and inviting business analysts to submit guest posts for publication with their large, engaged business analysis audience. 

Whilst blogging is not new, the concept of growing the South African business analyst voice within a learned, nurturing environment on a local portal is a first. The blogging programme will enable business analysts of all levels to stand on a digital stage and share their thoughts to promote growth, understanding and dialogue within the business analysis community.

Participants will be given the platform to:

  • Express themselves and share their passion with others
  • Gain valuable exposure to an engaged business analysis audience
  • Grow their authority as a business analyst professional

This is a terrific opportunity for business analysts who are keen to expand their horizons and raise their profiles, with a dedicated team on-hand to provide support and guidance to business analysts who participate in this development opportunity.

Inga Davids, a regular guest contributor to the blog, says

Blogging has given me the platform to share my passion and become a better thinker, by practicing the art of shaping and articulating my thoughts more clearly – an invaluable skill for a business analyst.

Whilst honing one’s writing skills is perhaps the most obvious benefit, the extensive list of pros to consider blogging includes:

  • Developing personally and professionally
  • Giving back to the business analyst community
  • Advancing the business analysis profession
  • Extending your professional network and connection

“People gravitate to people who have an opinion, as ideas and points of view spark thinking that leads to discussion, and we are keen to spark more South African business analysis conversation,” says Joe Newbert.

For more information about article submissions or to submit a guest post, please visit https://businesschange.co.za/join-the-guest-post-crew/

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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Breaking Ground for the Australian BA Community

 

Breaking Ground for the Australian BA Community News

Off the back of its huge success in South Africa, the Inter-View Report is breaking ground for the Australian BA community by bringing its blended industry perspective of business analysis, project delivery and change management as it happens on the ground to the Business Analysis Professional Days happening in Australia during October 2018.

In partnership with Business Analysts PTY Ltd (BAPL), Inter-View debuted at the Business Analysis Professional Day series of conferences that happened in Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney. Hosted by the IIBA Australia Chapter, each conference is a one day only event where the organisers fit in as many insights, development opportunities, and networking time as possible — in total synergy with the philosophy of Inter-View.

“IIBA Australia are delighted to support the Inter-View Report, and look forward to this productive partnership enriching the business analysis profession in Australia,” says Tracy Watson, Events Director of IIBA Australia.

The magazine’s recipe of topical articles and survey statistics make it readily transferable, and the content will equip Australian business and IT consulting professionals with insights to stay abreast of the ever changing environment of business analysis and navigate its’ many challenges.

“Convincing people that good business analysis is worthwhile takes hard work — it is not intuitive to most people that business analysis done with skill, method and competency, saves money, time and reduces risks.

Inter-View provides people with access to the right information, from across the world, and influence others to take advantage of good business analysis! We’re thrilled to be supporting this initiative,” says Tim Coventry, CEO of Business Analysts (PTY Ltd).

Inter-View is exploring strategic alliances with international partners to bring audience relevance from the global report to local audiences in new regions, and landing in Australia is another firm step forwards to achieving this goal.

It’s wonderful to be taking this step — the greater the Inter-View survey footprint, the greater the value we can playback to the ‘glocal’ business analysis and change community through the report.” says Joe Newbert, Founder of Inter-View.

Inter-View conducts the only 360° research study, that gathers data from all interested stakeholders about the state of business analysis and its impact on projects. The results enable individuals and organisations to access information across demographics, practices, projects and people to leverage the true value of business analysis for practical improvement.

If you missed out at the BA Professional Day, get your complimentary copy of Inter-View Report 2017 Australia and support the organisations that are supporting the business analysis profession.

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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Business Analysis Weighs In at PM Summit 2017

Business Analysis Weighs In at PM Summit 2017 News

Project managers are trained from the get go to ‘get it right, the first time’. But what does it take to get a project right, the first time? And how do we define ‘right’? Find out how project success goes beyond achieving the triple constraints of scope, schedule and budget, as business analysis weighs in at PM Summit 2017 South Africa.

For answers to these questions and an opportunity engage with industry experts, don’t miss the PMI South Africa’s PM Summit on 9 November 2017 — at which Joe Newbert, MD of Business Change Management Group, will explore how having a focus on business activities, benefits and change can layer-up on the usual technical approaches to project management.

Dr. Lynn A. Keeys, PMP, President of PMI South Africa explains:

“Getting projects right in these times of unprecedented disruption, requires a different, comprehensive view of how to formulate, execute and deliver projects,”

Taking the right approach means understanding this new environment through business analytics and innovative approaches that enable adaptability, emergence and agility. These are exciting times for transforming how business analysis and project management work together in this new business context.

“Staying on the cutting edge of innovation in knowledge and practice is an imperative, and we’re delighted to have Joe Newbert talk to this very challenge,” says Dr. Lynn A. Keeys, PMP, President of PMI South Africa.

Joe’s presentation “Unfinished Symphony of Business Analysis and Project Management” will take an intimate look at business analysis and project management collaboration, and consider the transformation that must take place to achieve business success.

PM Summit boasts a stellar line up of confirmed speakers that are guaranteed to entertain, inspire and provoke lively discourse on a host of topics on which they are experts. As such, sessions promise to be lively and provocative, dealing with all areas of project management, such as stakeholder engagement, governance, leadership, benefits and business analytics.

Delve into new ways of thinking and learn contemporary project management approaches — register now for PM Summit 2017 presented by PMI South Africa Chapter.

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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Inter-View Report 2017 Keeps You Ahead Of The Game

Inter-View Report 2017 Keeps You Ahead Of The Game News

It’s been nose to the grindstone for the Inter-View team, crunching the survey numbers and seeking community insight, but the wait is over and it’s been totally worth it. The eagerly anticipated fourth volume is here, with its contemporary thinking and pragmatic statistics the Inter-View Report 2017 will keep you ahead of the game.

This years cover illustrates the balance between logical and creative thinking for business analysts, crafted by the talented Talia Lancaster and moving inside, you’ll find rich content to stimulate your thinking.

Joe Newbert and Mohamed Bray discussing on-the-ground trends in the business change life-cycle and how opportunity knocks for business analysis techniques, plus Joe catches up with Brian A. Weiss to hear about how PMI are guiding business analysis for project success through their industry standards and certification.

Then, Talia talks with Belinda Knol about drawing on the power of sketchnoting to create beautiful pictures that really are worth a thousand words — there are some great tips here. And in here too – where Marie-France Mardi and Zara Sheldrake share their story with James Neethling about how knowledge shared is bridge building the business analysis community together.

Willem Joubert and Agnieszka Ceitil tackle the complexities of scaling business analysis competency inside an organisation — giving real on-the-ground working insight, then Giovanni Focaraccio and Noelene Noone chat about delivering the need for pure business analysis and being a trusted advisor through business modelling.

Next, Tshepo Matjila and Jéan Raath make a great double-act in their book review. They had a lot of fun thinking how a human−centered approach and infusing design thinking to drive idea generation can convert needs into demand.

Dorothy Mhlanga takes a world trip to Q&A with seven business change practitioners to hear about their most valuable techniques for business analysis — featuring pragmatic insight from Helen Winter MBCS CITPKupe Kupersmith, CBAPVerna JennikerDavid SaboeSurendra SaxenaDavid Munene & Tim Coventry.

Then, of course, there’s all the regular number crunching content too.

If you hadn’t gathered yet, the Inter-View Report 2017 is brimming. It’s 76 pages packed full — from cover to cover — of features, articles, perspectives and opinions, all at your finger tips.

What are you waiting for? Get your complimentary digital copy here: https://businesschange.co.za/get-your-inter-view-report-2017.

About Business Change Academy

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PMI BA Virtual Conference Lines Up Joe Newbert

PMI BA Virtual Conference Lines Up Joe Newbert News

Business analysts need to effectively apply business analysis to any project or programme, and require a solid foundation from which to do so. Get an exclusive preview of the PMI Guide to Business Analysis as PMI BA Virtual Conference lines up Joe Newbert to present a practical approach on the topic of Stakeholder Engagement.

Enter the Business Analysis Virtual Conference 2017underwritten by ProjectManagement.com, where thought leader Joe Newbert, MD of Business Change Academy, will be adding his expertise alongside six other globally recognised business analysis subject matter experts.

On the agenda for this 3rd annual PMI event is the The PMI Guide to Business Analysis and its knowledge areas, with Joe discussing the topic of stakeholder engagement in his presentation titled ‘Beyond Stakeholder Analysis & Management”.

Joe’s talks have gained a reputation for providing forward-thinking ideas that shift the status-quo of the business analysis profession.

“We are delighted that Joe will be sharing his depth of knowledge and understanding of business analysis. Joe’s highly regarded insights and perspectives will surely be appreciated by the community at this dynamic event,” says Dave Bieg, Business Analysis & Requirements Program Manager at PMI.

Prepare yourself on 8 November 2017 at 8:30am (Eastern Time) to get in-depth insights into the competencies that will effectively support your organisation and advance your career, and apply business analysis to any situation and delivery method.

In this full day of virtual sessions free to the Business Analysis global community, you will learn how to:

  • Apply business analysis to any project situation using any delivery method: agile, hybrid, waterfall, and beyond
  • Integrate business analysis into agile approaches on projects and programs
  • Assess project needs, engage stakeholders, monitor progress and evaluate solutions

Take this opportunity to network with globally recognised business analysis experts and the PMI community from your home or office by tuning into this virtual conference. Earn 6 PDUs. And get the BA insights, resources, and tools you need for total project and career success, whether you are looking for a new position, seeking a promotion, moving into a new role or want to perform better in your current position.

For more information and to register, visit the PMI Business Analysis Virtual Conference page.

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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