The Bluegrass IIBA Chapter has always had focus on Community, but as we begin our third program year, we renew that focus on improving how business analysis is delivered to organizations in the Bluegrass. That focus will be delivered to multiple segments of the Community in the following manner.
Students and Colleges
We held four meetings at ITT Technical Institute, and have consistently participated in the Program Advisory Committee (PAC) for their School of Business and School of Information Technology. We have reached out to Bluegrass Community and Technical College and held our CIO Panel Discussion there in May. This month we will be holding our meeting on the campus of the University of Kentucky. We invite all the students, staff and faculty of UK to come hear about The Important Skills for Success for a business analyst. Our Director of Educational Outreach, Gabriel Ferguson, has been active in making connections with other colleges and universities in the region. He is exploring the possibility of IIBA Academic Membership and the Academic Recognition programs with those educational institutions.
We will follow this up next month with a panel of recruiters and local consulting firms on hiring practices and the local business analysis job market. If you are currently in the market to change jobs, a student nearing graduation, or just want to stay connected to the local marketplace, come join our Panel Discussionin November.
Business Analysis Community of Practice (BACoP) and Business Analysis Center of Excellence (BACoE)
We are interested in helping organizations who wish to start a BACoP or BACoE within their organization to do so. Our Vice President of Community Outreach, John Batts, will be reaching out this month to find those organizations that already have one and those that might be interested in starting one, and making connections within these organizations so that they can help each other mature their practices. John has developed some great resources for organizations to help them on their path to maturing their practices. Be looking in social media and on our website to see this initiative kick off. If you have interest in learning more about a BACoP or BACoE, reach out to John at Community@bluegrass.iiba.org.
Recognizing Excellence in Business Analysis
We have just lunched the Bluegrass Business Analysis Hall of Fame to recognize those that have made a significant contribution to the advancement of the business analysis profession within the Bluegrass region. We are taking nominations from the community on those individuals you feel are worthy. You don’t have to be a member of the Chapter or IIBA to be considered for this award; you must have given a significant contribution to the advancement of the profession within the region, or to an organization within the Bluegrass. We will induct a new class of professionals each year and give recognition to these individuals for their contribution to the profession. Take a look at our Hall of Fame pagefor more information, and get your nominations in.
We invite the community to visit our Leadership Fairto explore leadership opportunities with the Chapter. We will have three Board positions up for elections in April and have a few chapter leadership and committee positions available for those who wish to serve the local business analysis community. You will have opportunity to talk to our current chapter leaders to see how your interests may fit into our chapter leadership opportunities.
The Bluegrass IIBA Chapter submitted for the IIBA Chapter Awards last month. This was our first year that we were eligible. IIBA recognizes chapters for excellence in Innovation, Sustainability, Professional Development, Community Engagement and others. The awards will be announced at Building Business Capability, the official conference of IIBA. We recognize that we wouldn’t be eligible for this recognition without our community and chapter leaders. We are the most innovative chapter in the IIBA Chapters Network, and have grown our membership and community involvement over the past year. Tune in next month to see what awards we won.
To see how Bluegrass IIBA Chapter can help business analysis and organizational change within your organization; visit our website (bluegrass.iiba.org), join us at any of our events or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Aaron S. Whittenberger, CBAP
President, Bluegrass IIBA Chapter