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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 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.
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Meet Phillip Mlotshwa | Foundation in Business Analysis Delegate

Phillip Mlotshwa Foundation in Business Analysis Delegate

Phillip Mlotshwa is a Business Analyst at Saratoga and a recent delegate on our Foundation in Business Analysis course.

Phillip found the flexibility and conversation around the various Foundation in Business Analysis topics great, and that formalising the end-to-end business analysis process was a good AHA! moment for him as it solidified his knowledge and skills.

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

Tell us a bit about yourself, Phillip.

I’m a Business Analyst at Saratoga, with 3 years work experience – 2 of which is in business analysis.

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

I choose the course to test and enhance my own understanding of what it means to be a business analyst, and to learn new skills that would further enable my work.

How will the course help you in your career?

It has definitely solidified my knowledge, and has given me structure and techniques that enhance my existing skills and knowledge.

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

Formalising the entire end-to-end business analysis process was a good AHA! moment – it really brought the function of the broad role together for me.

What did you enjoy most about the BCMG training experience?

The flexibility and conversation around each topic was great.

And whilst the Lindt chocolates, salted nuts and Bos ice tea were delicious – maybe even better (and more) mid-course snacks would be good!

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

That it will provide them with certification, and formalise exactly what they need to know as a business analyst.

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

I’m keen to do another business analyst course towards the International Diploma in Business Analysis – and I’m going to decide which one to do next.

Phillip took the steps to formalise his business analyst understanding and has enhanced his skills. Are you ready to gear up? Download the Foundation in Business Analysis course brochure now.
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Meet Lana Woollgar | Requirements Engineering Delegate

Lana Woollgar Requirements Engineering Delegate

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

Lana thought that the Requirements Engineering course brought some very useful concepts together for her, and that she was able to gain a much better understanding of when to use a range of elicitation techniques and know how to apply them in various scenarios.

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

Tell us a bit about yourself, Lana.

For the past 10 years I’ve been working in the business analyst role at The Foschini Group, whom I’ve been employed with for the past 15 years.

Why did you choose to take the requirements engineering course?

This is my fourth and final qualifying module for the International Diploma in Business Analysis. Almost there!

How will the course help you in your career?

Fundamentally, I’ve gained a much greater understanding of the suitability of a range of elicitation techniques — not only when to uses them, but also how to apply them in the various scenarios.

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

Learning the many ways to make the requirements document a whole lot better.

What did you enjoy most about the BCMG training experience?

Again, the class participation. I especially enjoy hearing and discussing the experiences and perspectives from the other members of the group.

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

This course will bring many very useful concepts together for you.

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

This is my last qualifying module towards the International Diploma in Business Analysis. But, that said, I do have my eye on Benefits Management and Business Acceptance as I’ve not covered the whole business analyst spectrum!

Lana took the steps to learn a range of elicitation techniques, when to use them and how to apply them in various different scenarios. Are you ready to gear up? Download the Requirements Engineering course brochure now.
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Meet Allie Mapker | Foundation in Business Analysis Delegate

Allie Mapker Foundation in Business Analysis DelegateAllie Mapker is Application Support Lead at FiveFriday and a recent delegate on our Foundation in Business Analysis course.

Allie felt that every moment on the foundation in business analysis course was incredibly valuable to him, and that the course gave him a full understanding of what is expected of a business analyst and the correct tools to use as he goes on his journey.

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

Tell us a bit about yourself, Allie.

Sure, I’m Application Support Lead at FiveFriday, with over 5 years work experience – 3 of which has been spent in pseudo business analysis roles.

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

My need was to improve my knowledge of business analysis, enhance my application of it, and to give me formal certification.

More specifically to I wanted to utilise the information from the course as a way to gain a deeper understanding of where to position myself in the business analysis domain, outside of the linear career path I’m currently following.

This course will certainly be the guide for my way forward.

How will the course learnings help you in your career?

It’s definitely given me a full understanding what is expected of a business analyst, and training in the correct tools to use as a business analyst.

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

It’s hard to pick just one – every section of the course was incredibly valuable to me.

What did you enjoy most about your training experience?

I enjoyed how insightful the course was. It was a massive eye-opener for me.

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

This course is a good foundation for increasing your business analysis knowledge, and a great start if you are looking to start your journey to becoming a business analyst.

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

I still need to decide which courses, but I’ll be back.

Allie took the steps to learn the correct tools to use as he goes on his business
analyst journey. Are you ready to gear up?
Download the Foundation in Business Analysis course brochure now.
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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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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.