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  • Wednesday, March 07, 2018 10:35 AM | Marketing IIBA Bluegrass (Administrator)

       

     

    Judeth Tarter, CBAP

    Chapter Position:

    Vice President of Community Outreach

     

    Judeth has been a member of the Bluegrass IIBA since March 2016.  After becoming a member, she became interested in obtaining her CBAP (Certified Business Analysis Professional) Certification.  She participated in a BABOK (Business Analysis Body of Knowledge) study group, which was offered through our Bluegrass Chapter's Professional Development Program.  She received her certification in August 2016. 

    As VP of Community Outreach for our chapter, Judeth continues to support the growth of business analysis and our chapter throughout the Bluegrass region.  Through her involvement with community events, she was an essential source in our IIBA Chapter Award for 2017, Community Outreach Award.     

    Judeth graduated from Florida Atlantic University with a Bachelors in Electrical Engineering.  After graduation, she began a journey in the telecommunications industry as a Testing Engineer.  For the next 25+ years in IT, Judeth fulfilled many diverse positions including Test, Management, Sales, PLM, and Business Analysis within the Software Development Lifecycle.   

    She is currently a Business Analyst for a consulting company in Lexington, KY.  Her current duties includes providing Software Testing and Quality Managed services to customers.

  • Sunday, January 28, 2018 11:57 AM | Community IIBA Bluegrass (Administrator)

     

    Bluegrass IIBA Chapter is proud to announce the launch of the Kentuckiana IIBA Branch, which will bring IIBA meetings back to Louisville, KY. Kentuckiana Branch will serve the business communities in and around Louisville Kentucky and Southeast Indiana. You may check out what is going on at the Kentuckiana Branch on their website homepage. Kentuckiana will hold its initial meetings at TEKsystems at 700 North Hurstborne Parkway. The initial meeting will be held on Wednesday, February 21, 2018 on the topic of Coaching Skills for Business Analysts during elicitation activities. Any professional interested in business analysis in the Kentuckiana area is welcome to join the networking and educational experience of this and all future events of the Kentuckiana IIBA Branch.

  • Thursday, January 18, 2018 1:19 PM | Marketing IIBA Bluegrass (Administrator)

    Solarity has recently become an Endorsed Education Provider (EEP) with the International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA)®, enabling the local business analysis community to have access to learning events that are aligned with the global standard for business analysis – a Guide to the Business Analysis Body of Knowledge (BABOK® Guide). Additionally, we have scheduled our first authorized CBAP® boot camp, which will be held in late March:

    CBAP® Certification Preparation v3.0 : March 26 – 29

    Additionally, Solarity will offer a 20% enrollment discount to all Bluegrass IIBA chapter members and sponsors.

    Check out Solarity's website for more information and/or to register.

  • Sunday, December 17, 2017 9:00 AM | Marketing IIBA Bluegrass (Administrator)




    Joann Sims, CBAP

    Chapter Position:

    Vice President of Membership


    Joann has been a member of the Bluegrass IIBA Chapter since March 2016. She gained interest in the chapter in 2014 while serving as a Project Manager/Business Analyst for Kentucky State Government. After accepting a position with a company in Lexington in 2015, the Business Analysis Practice Manager encouraged the Business Analysts to secure the CBAP (Certified Business Analysis Professional) certification. She joined the chapter after being recruited by Aaron Whittenberger where she accepted the position of Vice-President of Membership and participated in a BABOK (Business Analysis Body of Knowledge) study group offered by the chapter’s Professional Development Program.  She earned her CBAP certification in September 2016.

    Joann began her career as a Programmer Analyst/Project Leader after earning a degree in Data Processing Technology from the Lexington Technical Institute at the University of Kentucky. She has 20+ years of experience across several business verticals including Healthcare, Insurance, Finance, State Government, Transportation, Technology, Not-For-Profit, and Retail and has served in various roles in

    Information Technology and Digital Transformation over the years including Programmer/Analyst, Systems Analyst, Business Analyst, Data Analyst, Process Analyst, Project Leader, Project Manager, and Strategic Business Consultant.

    Joann is currently serving at a major healthcare organization as a Strategic Business Consultant in their BBAC (Business Analysis Competency Center) enabling RPA (Robotic Process Automation) for increased revenue and decreased costs in Pharmacy and across the enterprise as a whole.

    Joann is happiest partnering with businesses to grow and improve their business analysis discipline, solve problems, and improve processes both operationally and technically at both enterprise and departmental levels. She knows successful business analysis outcomes are a product of gaining an excellent understanding of both the business and technology while truly connecting with the people you’re trying to help and communicating your understanding back to them for validation.  She is a life-long learner and enjoys cross-functional work that offers strategic planning opportunities. Her experience in mainframe, web-based, and vendor systems along with her background in development and analysis give her the edge needed to perform at the enterprise level.

    In her free time, she enjoys serving not-for-profit organizations. In addition to serving on the Board of Directors of the Bluegrass IIBA Chapter as VP of Membership, she partners with the Alzheimer’s Association on fundraising efforts and serves on the Western Kentucky University Mahurin Honors College Parents Advisory Council.  She also enjoys practicing yoga, trying out new recipes in the kitchen, running 5Ks, and hanging out with friends and family, especially her two young adult children.


  • Monday, December 11, 2017 10:14 AM | Marketing IIBA Bluegrass (Administrator)


    The Bluegrass IIBA Chapter would like to thank Sasha Bowlby of Sash & Bow.  She welcomed us into her shop on Walton Ave in Lexington, KY for the second edition of our Small Business Speaker Series, devised by our very own Judeth Tarter, Vice President of Community Outreach.  The series is designed to socialize entrepreneurs and business analysts in the Bluegrass area.  The open discussion helps both professions gain an understanding of how small business owners and analysts have very similar job tasks and accountabilities.   

    Sasha was prepared for Judeth’s interrogation on how she turned her passion for fashion into an actual business.  She discussed how quality analysis, quality control, and attention to detail were some critical business analysis techniques she uses to help keep her business flourishing.  After we ended, Sasha gave us an exclusive tour of her hand-tailored store front and allowed us to do a little shopping.    

    Once again, our Community of Outreach hosted an enlightening event through the Small Business Speakers Series.  Not only did Sasha turn a life-long passion into a suitable business, catering to women in all walks of life.  She has done so by executing many of the same methodologies we use as business analysts.   As an analyst, we analyze the quality of products and services and make modifications where needed.  Sasha finds herself using this one a lot.  We would like to wish Sasha the best!

    Visit Sasha’s website for more information on Sash & Bow

  • Tuesday, December 05, 2017 7:34 AM | Professional Development IIBA Bluegrass (Administrator)
    Announcing the release of the new IIBA Global Business Analysis Core Standard, a companion guide to the BABOK® Guide v3.

     

    The IIBA Global Business Analysis Core Standard is for individuals and organizations interested in accessing the core fundamental practices of business analysis.

     

    It hasn’t always been easy to share a common understanding of business analysis principles and practices within organizations or with other business professionals. With this free release of the Core Standard, IIBA® is taking an important step forward to broadly share commonly accepted best practices with the greater business community.




    The Core Standard covers:

    • Business Analysis Key Concepts - provide a foundation for understanding and applying business analysis
    • Business Analysis Knowledge Areas – focus on specific business analysis expertise

    Distributing the Core Standard
    • IIBA Members will be able to download the 42-page, easy to read reference by logging on to iiba.org with their member profile. 
    • Non-members will be able to sign up to receive a free download of the Core Standard by clicking on the “What’s New” tab on iiba.org or on social media post links as of December 5th
  • Friday, November 10, 2017 10:36 AM | Community IIBA Bluegrass (Administrator)

    Bluegrass IIBA Chapter in Lexington, KY was once again recognized for excellence by the International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA®) during IIBA Chapter Awards ceremony on Tuesday evening, November 7, 2017; at their Building Business Capability Conference in Orlando, Florida.

    Bluegrass IIBA Chapter won the Community Outreach Award this year for their efforts to reach out to UK Healthcare, State Government, students and faculty at Sullivan University and Bluegrass Community and Technical College (BCTC), and the communities of Louisville and Owensboro.  Other chapter activities that were recognized in their winning of this award included the launch of their Small Business Speaker Series, which they continue next week; holding a CIO Panel discussion involving CIOs from businesses in the community; and establishing a new SMS text messaging service as a new way to inform people of their events and activities.

    IIBA has over 120 chapters worldwide and recognizes chapters for excellence in eight (8) categories at their annual Building Business Capability conference.  IIBA received over 60 nominations for chapter awards this year and handed out these recognitions:

    Chapter Award

    2017 Award Winner

    Chapter of the Year

    Hawaii

    President’s Award

    Geneva

    Chapter Engagement

    Hawaii

    Chapter Sustainability

    Central Iowa

    Community Outreach

    Bluegrass

    Innovation

    Northwest Arkansas

    Leadership Excellence

    Central Iowa

    Professional Development

    Toronto

    Last year, Bluegrass won the Innovation Award and received Honorable Mention for the Innovation Award in 2015.

    Bluegrass IIBA Chapter invites the Bluegrass community to come celebrate this award at our annual Winter Networking Social on December 13, 2017.




  • Monday, September 18, 2017 5:08 PM | Marketing IIBA Bluegrass (Administrator)

    We kicked off our Small Business Series in January 2017 with an interview with the proprietors of Cork and Barrel, Jim and Bev Taylor.  They hosted an open question and answer session to help determine the similarities of an entrepreneurship to being an analyst or project manager.  We discussed how some of the techniques we execute in our daily professions are utilized and how best practices are applied to manage, support, and fulfil customer demands for good service and tasty products.  Some of the techniques discussed were brainstorming, Agile planning, and SWOT analysis.  In keeping up with the growth for great distilled spirits, the Taylors determined additional space was needed.  They mentioned they were expanding to a second location.  After much anticipation, the owners finally opened at the Bluegrass Airport this summer…..BEHIND security!  Not only is this great news that our local small businesses are expanding, but visitors all over the world will be able to conveniently take a little bit of Kentucky home with them on the plane without worrying about checking bags.  I know my carryon luggage just got heavier!  Because of this special location, they will be offering some exclusive products only carried at this site.  Stop by the next time you have a flight and say hi and grab some goodies to go!

    We invite you to read the Bluegrass Airport Press release for more details on the opening of Cork & Barrel’s second location.  Please enjoy shopping local and remember to drink responsibly!

    Judeth Tarter

    Vice President of Community Outreach

     

  • Friday, September 08, 2017 10:20 AM | Marketing IIBA Bluegrass (Administrator)

     

    Kathy Leigh

    Chapter Position:

    Vice President of Sponsorship

     

     

    Kathy joined the Bluegrass IIBA Chapter in 2013 as one of the founding members.  She was recruited by Aaron Whittenberger, the first president of Bluegrass Chapter, and was motivated because she wanted to promote Business Analysis in Central Kentucky. Kathy has served on the Board of Directors of the chapter since its inception, as the VP of Sponsorship.

    Kathy graduated from the University of Kentucky with a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering (BSCmE) and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration (MBA.) While working at the Institute for Mining and Mineral Research during her MBA studies, Kathy was able to work on her first project, which involved gathering requirements, creating a design, purchasing materials, and selecting and managing vendors to build a coal liquefaction prototype.

    Kathy went on to spend 20+ years in Information Technology as a systems analyst for a coal company, the  VP of Technology for a consulting firm, the IT Director for a large defense contractor, and as a Sr. Program Manager for a major mattress and bedding manufacturer.  Along the way, she managed hundreds of successful technology projects, while acting as the de facto BA, because the job title did not exist in those organizations at the time.

    For the last 4 years, she has taught college students in various business management and IT programs.

    In her spare time, Kathy volunteers for Junior Achievement, teaching students Financial Literacy, Real Jobs Real World, and other relevant courses at local middle and high schools. She also loves thoroughbred horses and has a beautiful weanling filly by Fusaichi Pegasus (2000 KY Derby winner) out of a Malibu Moon mare.

    In May 2017, Kathy was inducted into the Bluegrass Business Analysis Hall of Fame.

  • Wednesday, August 30, 2017 1:31 PM | Marketing IIBA Bluegrass (Administrator)

     

    Eric-Stephen Neill

    Chapter Position:

    Director of Certification

     

     

    Eric joined the Lexmark International corporate enterprise architecture team in June 2013, with focus on governance, cloud, back office and related processes.  Prior to his current role, Eric was the program manager for the worldwide manufacturing execution system (MES) implementation, tools and communications lead for the SAP implementation program and IT account manager for manufacturing and development.

    Prior to joining Lexmark in 2007 Eric was worldwide director for lean enterprise with Telex Corporation.  Eric has also served a program manager for a worldwide ERP implementation, consulting practice operations manager, project manager on several IT and business process reengineering projects, factory plant manager, engineered products sales representative, and held several other roles in the engineered manufacturing, firearms and entertainment industries.

    Eric received his B.A. from Nazareth College of Rochester, M.A. from SUNY at Albany.  Eric holds the PMP (project management) certificate designation from PMI, CLTD and CSCP (supply chain) certification from APICS.  Eric also holds an ITIL Foundation and Six Sigma Champion and Yellow Belt certifications.   Eric is the Secretary of the Bluegrass PMI Chapter, President of the Bluegrass APICS Chapter, Chair of the KY ASUG Chapter, a member of the Board of Examiners for KyCPE, and a 2016-2019 Board of Directors member, as well as a founding member of the Bluegrass IIBA Chapter. Eric instructs several supply chain certifications, project management, and business analysis courses annually.  Due to Eric's work with the Bluegrass IIBA Chapter more than seven (7) people now have their CBAP® certification.  In May 2017, Eric was inducted into the Bluegrass Business Analysis Hall of Fame.

    Eric is married and has three daughters and three granddaughters.  He has lived in Lexington KY with his wife and youngest daughter since 2007.

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