Business interrupted: What’s Next?

Business is being interrupted. Influenced by expected and unforeseen digital, health, social, and economic forces, causing everyone to reimagine what is possible.

The world is shifting, setting a new course which intersects customer, business, product and change. Bringing together the expertise of Business Owners, Project Managers, Product Managers, UX Designers, Data Scientists and Change Managers in collaboration with the Business Analysis Professional.

Together we’re weaving words, pictures and stories while balancing logic and creativity. But what’s working? And what’s next?

Do the structures need to change? What roles will we see emerge? How will our skills evolve? What techniques will we use? And how will our tools fit this future?

You have ideas worth hearing. Consider sharing them at BA Summit 2020.

IIBA-SA BA Summit Speaker – September 2019

You may remember that it wasn’t the plan to speak at the BA Summit Southern Africa this year.

Yet…

While putting the conference programme together the IIBA®-SA board asked if I’d perhaps deliver a keynote talk. And of course, I said yes without thinking too much about it.

But I was then, pretty much immediately, asked for a presentation synopsis.

Cue speakers block.

What did I have to talk about? I’d nothing in particular at the front of my mind. And I felt that in many ways I’d already said all that needs to be said.

The block was brief, and after some searching about what the audience would like to hear about I began to find my voice.

This year’s conference theme is ‘Repositioning Business Analysis to Go One Step Beyond’ and that is exactly what the talk will focus on. I’ll be taking an in-depth look at the profession, looking around for clues to our future and sharing ideas for this next shift in business analysis.

It’ll be a mash-up of fact and fun.

So make sure to join me and the other thought leaders at Business Analysis Summit 2019, the official conference of IIBA® South African chapter.

You really don’t want to miss out on this one (that would be just wrong) – http://bit.ly/29goLlQ

DAMA Meet Up – July 2019

So that coffee with Drew resulted in the opportunity to speak at July’s DAMA SA Cape Town User Group Meeting.

Drew: “Would you be interested in presenting something at our next DAMA meeting, Joe?”

Joe: “Sure I’d love to, Drew. What would you like to hear about?”

Drew: “A session on interviewing techniques would be handy.”

Joe: “Good idea. How about we open it up a little and frame it as ‘Elicitation Techniques’, which would be much more valuable for the group I suspect?

Drew: “Great!”

Done. (And all in the context of data, of course.)

Here’s the invite: Requirements Elicitation Techniques for Data Management

Please come along, it’s a free event open to all.

IIBA-SA PDD Cape Town – July 2019

When Jéan Raath asked me to present a workshop at the IIBA-SA Professional Development Day in Cape Town I jumped at the chance. I’m always keen to help out with events like these.

And there’s nothing more inspiring than an open and trusting invitation:

“Joe, you have creative freedom to do something fit for purpose, fresh & true to your style – bascially do what you like as long as it’s amazing.”

But ‘with great freedom comes great responsibility’…

At the core of a PDD is giving people tangible takeaways they can leave with on the day – building knowledge and enhancing skillsets as a Business Analyst.  

We hemmed and hawed over a few topics:

  • Smarter analyst careers
  • Mobilising stakeholders
  • Proper process analysis

Building your business analyst career the smarter way won out – because we felt it would give people the utmost value.

At the heart of this workshop is my contention that template-driven analysis is bad and that technique-driven analysis is good. And this session will explore business analysis techniques to help you own the template rather than letting the template own you.

You can find out more about Building Your Business Analyst Career the Smarter Way and sign-up here: https://iibasa.wildapricot.org/event-3433930 #CapeTownPDD.

I’m looking forward to it and I hope to see you there…

IIBA-SA BA Summit Track Chair – September 2019

Under its original guise, as BASSA, the (now known as) BA Summit launched in 2012, and I’ve had the pleasure of presenting every year (bar one in 2015).

However, I have decided to take a step back from speaking this year as it’s time for some new voices to take to the stage and share their insights with the South African business analyst community at this annual event.

Over the years this conference has given me plenty, both personally and professionally. It’s a great platform to shape ideas, share insights, build networks and grow careers.

When the conferences release the call for papers, I encourage you to seriously consider raising your hand and getting stuck in.

Keep your eyes on this page for the announcement: https://basummit.co.za/call-for-papers/

(Though, as most of my readers will know, I’m a keen ambassador for the IIBA® and IIBA®-SA chapter and so I shan’t be hanging up my boots altogether. Instead, this year, I’ve volunteered as a track chair for the BA Summit 2019.)

I’m excited to help shape the 2019 edition of this prestigious conference – and I hope you will be too.

If you’d like to know more about speaking, please ask me.