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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.

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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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Modern Training Programme Primed For BA Summit

Modern Training Programme Primed For BA Summit News

As part of the eagerly anticipated ‘Business Analysis Event of the Year’, which is taking place at the Lord Charles Hotel, Somerset West in Cape Town from 4-6 September 2017, rising star Business Change Academy will be on-hand at the IIBA conference to showcase the latest, modern training programme primed for BA Summit delegates.

The annual event promises conference delegates the opportunity to learn, share and debate the topical issues that are facing the fast-evolving business analysis profession.

The conference enjoys strong endorsement from Business Change Academy, both from a historic perspective through the Inter-View Report and through their close philosophical alignment with this year’s theme “Business Analysis 4.0 (the Fourth Industrial Revolution)”.

The conference theme is elaborated on by BA Summit:

The skills of the business analyst will remain relevant and in high demand, as business analysis skills will anchor and enable this new revolution.

Long gone are the days that the stereotypical business analyst scribes, translates and couriers business requirements, also known as ‘Bridging the gap between business and IT’. It’s a debunked role. One that’s still epitomised by the limiting one-size fits all approach of traditional business analysis training.

Business Change Academy understand the competencies that business analysts truly need to possess.

“Because no two business analyst jobs are the same — given the diversity of specialist roles, uniqueness of organisational requirements and variety of career paths available — what’s needed today is a configurable training programme that meets the flexible knowledge, skills and abilities needed for contemporary business analysis,” says Joe Newbert, Managing Director.

Business Change Academy’s forward-thinking business analysis courses have been shaping the modern business analyst since 2007.

With this foresight we established our International Diploma in Business Analysis, the structure of which enables delegates to chose the modules, the sequence and the timing of the courses to match their career path.

Come and talk with the team, who will be showcasing their modern training programme primed for BA Summit delegates at the conference, to:

Through their proactive industry involvement and disruptive community innovations,Business Change Academy is well-known as South Africa’s foremost think-tank on contemporary business analysis, project delivery and change management competency.

Through our training offerings and advisory services we will continue to help grow the next generation of business analyst’s for South Africa,” says Newbert.

If you are unable to attend BA Summit 2017, or cannot wait until the 4th of September to learn more about how you can take your business analysis mastery to the next level, then start 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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Inter-View Winner Heading To Business Analysis 4.0

Inter-View Winner Heading To Business Analysis 4.0 News

Following the close of this years business analysis survey, Charles van Belkum, Senior Business Analyst at Sapiens, is the lucky draw Inter-View winner heading to Business Analysis 4.0 having won himself a free two- day conference pass to BA Summit 2017, compliments of Business Change Academy and the IIBA South Africa Chapter.

Through the Inter-View Report Charles gains incredible knowledge, that he considers fundamental to his professional growth and helps him to stay relevant within the profession, and he is looking forward to mixing with people with the business analysis community.

Here’s what Charles had to say about winning the Inter-View prize draw:

Tell us a bit about yourself and your background, personally and professionally.

After matriculating I joined the Government Pensions Administration Agency (GPAA) where I spent 22 years in various roles and was given the opportunity to study, achieving a number of business management qualifications. Currently I work for Sapiens, providing software solutions for the insurance industry.

As passionate as I am about my professional life, the same applies to my personal life which revolves around my family. I am married to Michelle and we have 2 beautiful daughters aged 12 and 15. Any spare time is spent with family and friends around a “braai”.

How did you transition to become a Business Analyst, and what keeps you in the profession?

Most of my career has been spent working in operations. And by analysing inefficiencies and finding ways to improve them, I naturally progressed into the business analysis realm. With my business background and intimate understanding of customer frustrations, with bad processes,

… I can apply my business analysis knowledge to deliver effective and innovative change.

My passion for improving processes and service delivery keeps me in the business analysis profession, and as there will always be room for improvement I will not rest until perfection is achieved.

Congratulations on the win, how does it feel to know you’ll be attending BA Summit Southern Africa 2017?

I must say I never expected to be the lucky winner!! But I am so grateful for the opportunity to attend the BA Summit 2017.

It has been a dream to attend BA Summit since its inception.

Thanks again Joe and Business Change Academy for the opportunity!

Apart from winning the BA Summit tickets, what benefits do you get from the Inter-View Report?

The insights provided by the report are invaluable, put simply

… Inter-View provides me with incredible knowledge, helping me to stay relevant within the profession.

In our ever changing industry and with evolving technologies, I find Inter-View fundamental to my professional growth.

BA Summit opens up a world of opportunity to delegates, what are you especially looking forward to gaining from the conference?

The learnings from industry leaders on the current trends in the business analysis industry is something I’m really looking forward to, and simply

… being able to talk with people who are moving the business analysis community forward …

in South Africa.

Are there any particular topics that you are interested in and will be hoping to catch-up on at the conference?

The hot topic at present is the new framework announced by the IIBA for professional certification, and I am particularly interested in understanding the differences between the award levels and getting more information on a study approach to prepare for the exams.

What excites you about business analysis and the rising prominence of the profession?

As stated earlier, I am extremely passionate about the profession.

What gives me great pride and satisfaction from being a business analyst is seeing a piece of work that I have delivered change lives on different levels.

It not only improves the company’s bottom line, but ultimately impacts the customer in a positive way through improved service delivery!

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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Get A Fresh Perspective On Business Analysis

Get A Fresh Perspective On Business Analysis News

With a new industrial age well underway and the need for business analysts to dramatically shift how they think, facilitate and influence the delivery of business change, catch this must see talk at BA Summit 2017 to get a fresh perspective on business analysis and learn the key competencies to succeed in the conceptual era.

With Business Analysis Summit 2017 taking place this September, the countdown to the conference is well underway and you might be wondering, with all that’s happening in the tracks at the business analysis event of the year, what talks are worth your attention.

  • Are you looking for relevant insights into the business analysis profession?
  • Are you keen to hear how business analysis will evolve over the coming years?
  • Are you ready to maximise your business analysis career now and into the future?

If this is the case, then the Fresh Perspectives track has what you need.

Paulo Conde, BA Summit Track Co-Chair, knows “As business analysts, we need to work smart. It’s said that perspective is worth 80 IQ points, so what smarter way to push your boundaries than to get a few fresh perspectives on business analysis?

We’ve got a fantastic lineup of speakers for the Fresh Perspectives track, eager to share their unique perspectives on the forces shaping the business analysis profession, …

and translating these into practical takeaways that will help business analysts thrive in the rapidly changing business and technological landscapes.”

Business Change Academy MD and Inter-View founder, Joe Newbert, will be presenting Everybody’s Free (To Gear Up) which will explore the unfolding landscape of the conceptual age and position the key competencies that business analysts must have to thrive in an uncertain future — gearing you up with plenty to take away and think about.

“We’re really excited to have Joe on board the Fresh Perspective track as his presentation encapsulates the essence of the theme, and we’re looking forward to his talk which will no doubt share some of his fun and quirky takes on business analysis,” says Bryden Neville, BA Summit Track Co-Chair.

Conference delegates can also look forward to the Inter-View Report 2017 – with a complimentary copy of the magazine in their BA Summit goody bag. Inter-View is the fastest rising global platform for business and IT consulting professionals, providing a blended industry perspective for business analysis, project delivery and change management as it happens on the ground.

Joe’s upbeat and captivating talks have gained a reputation for providing forward-thinking perspectives that shift the status-quo of the business analysis profession – you can catch Joe on Conference Day 1 – 5th September from 11h00 to 11h50.

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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