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  • Saturday, November 01, 2014 12:00 PM | Aaron Whittenberger, CBAP, CSPO (Administrator)

    I hope you have seen the changes going on here at Bluegrass IIBA Chapter in the past month.  First of all with our name, upon acceptance by the International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA®) we have achieved on of our great goals.  Along with the name came our rebranding; have you seen our rebranded website.  You will see that all our email accounts, documentation and marketing material has been rebranded with the IIBA name and color scheme.   These are certainly exciting times here in the Bluegrass.

    Even with our new name and look, our focus on customer experience and to deliver an outstanding business analysis program to our members and participants has not changed.  We have seen the response by the attendance at our recent Leadership Fair.  However, the Board is continuing to look forward and plan ahead.  We have discussed more options for our business analysis programs and you will see some of them become available soon.  I won’t spoil the intrigue here, but keep a lookout on our program. Partake where it fits into your career goals. 

    We have become part of the larger IIBA community and look forward to strengthening our relationships with nearby Cincinnati and Louisville chapters.  This allows our community outreach to branch off in many different directions and allows us to bring even more resources to you to help you grow in your career.  We are proud to bring those services to you and are open to your input on how we can do that better.  Please feel free to speak to any Board member about how we can serve you better.

    You will see our continued commitment to an outstanding program as Basha Roberts takes us around the world this month.  However, we are reminded to take some time out to enjoy life.  So join us on December 10th for our second annual Winter Networking Social.  We had a great time last year and are looking forward to another great time this year.  Please consider yourself invited to this and all our events.  We appreciate your past involvement and the greatest relationship we strive to strengthen is our relationship with all our participants.  You are welcome to join us in any capacity you wish.  We hope to see you soon!  If at any time you wish to contact us, feel free to email info@bluegrass.iiba.org.

    Aaron S. Whittenberger, CBAP

    President, Bluegrass IIBA Chapter

    President@bluegrass.iiba.org

     

  • Wednesday, August 06, 2014 12:00 PM | Aaron Whittenberger, CBAP, CSPO (Administrator)

    The summer always seems to fly by way too fast.  We hope you made memories with your children and family that you all will cherish for many years.  As you have received our meeting notification email a few days ago you know the Bluegrass Business Analysis Chapter is getting ready to start a new program year.

    As promised the Board of Directors was busy during the summer planning for our new program year and some additional membership benefits you will see right away this fall.  This past year we delivered an excellent business analysis educational program using presenters from the international and regional community, like Kupe Kupersmith, Kate Gwynne and Terry Wiegmann; and added our own local talent to those, including Bud Ratliff, Ted Hardy and myself.  We continue that theme this month with another internationally renowned speaker, Elizabeth Larson, Co-founder and CEO of Watermark Learning, a premier education provider in the business analysis space.  We have more great local and regional talent in line for you this fall, winter and spring.

    You will also see some great operational enhancements that will add value to your membership and experience with the Chapter.  You will see at this month’s meeting that we replaced those archaic paper attendance sign-in sheets with electronic check-in capability.  This gives us attendance tracking capability so if you need proof of attendance for your company or certification proof, we will have it for you.  We are continuing to work on even greater operational advancements to add value to your experience.

    You will see that we continue our community outreach, holding our meeting this month at ITT Technical Institute.  During the summer we received two new members, both from Toyota.  In the past eight months we have grown our membership from zero to 18; and IIBA membership in the area from six to 26.  We invite all professionals who deliver organizational change, whether you consider yourself a business analyst or not, to come see the great things we have going on here and be part of our growth.

    So exciting things happening internationally and here in the Bluegrass region.  We are proud of our accomplishments to date and look to continue our growth and community involvement in the future.  You are welcome to join us in any capacity you wish.  We hope to see you in the fall!  If at any time you wish to contact us, feel free to email Bluegrassiiba@gmail.com

    Aaron Whittenberger, CBAP

    President, Bluegrass BA Chapter

     

  • Monday, June 02, 2014 12:00 PM | Aaron Whittenberger, CBAP, CSPO (Administrator)

    The Bluegrass Business Analysis Chapter takes the summer off from chapter meetings so that our members and participants can take vacations with their families. Some of my greatest memories growing up are of family vacations to the Canada side of Niagara Falls, Disney World, Universal Studios and others. I have continued these traditions for my kids while they were growing up, taking them to Florida, Air Force Museum, Six Flags Amusement Park, Carowinds Amusement Park, Universal Studios and others. We hope that all children get to have those experiences with their families and have those cherished memories later in life.  So we promote that idea by not holding meetings in June and July, so that families can get busy making those memories.

    That does not mean that the Board of Directors sleeps during the summer.  Your Board will be busy planning the fall, winter and spring schedule for the Chapter.  We will once again hold our Winter Networking Social in December.  We are busy planning for a Leadership Fair in the fall and a BA Workshop in the fall or spring.  We hope to add more exciting events to our calendar that will add value to our participants’ professional lives.

    This will add to our great accomplishments from our first seven months of existence.  We have held six program meetings and one Networking Social.  We have heard some great topics of Guiding Your Career, Soft Skills, Change Management, Responsive Design and Changing Trends in the Business Analysis field.  We have heard from presenters from the international and regional community as well as our local talent.  We have continually improved our processes and communication to the community.  Our meeting notifications first went out in email.  We then moved that to MailChimp.  We now have a much improved, extended content, professional looking website.  If you are reading this message, then you have already seen that.  Future meeting notifications will go out directly from the website, which is an integrated association management platform, which manages our content, contact list and events.  Participants can pay online directly from our new website. 

    It has been an exciting seven months.  It has seen us create and nurture relationships with The Solarity Group, the local PMI chapter, Tempur Sealy and TEK Systems.  Our Chapter was represented this spring on the Program Advisory Committee (PAC) of ITT Technical Institute; having two of our representatives participate. We look to continue our community outreach in the fall to Toyota, Lexmark, UK as well as state, county and local government, among others.

    In those seven months there have been exciting happenings at the International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA®) as well.  We have a new President and CEO, Stephen Ashworth.  Who comes to us with an extensive Business Management, Strategic Outlook and Business Education background.  We also have a new Head of Chapters and Volunteers, Lori Gotlieb.  Who comes to us with a great Non-profit organizational management background; and Brenda Stone, our new Chapters and Volunteers Administrator.  So it is easy to see that IIBA has placed great emphasis on chapters this year.  We look forward to joining those ranks soon.  Also, the next evolution of the “bible”, the Guide to the Business Analysis Body of Knowledge® (BABOK®) v3.0 is now in public review and due out in final published form by end of the year.

    So exciting things happening internationally and here in the Bluegrass region.  We are proud of our accomplishments to date and look to continue our growth and community involvement in the future.  You are welcome to join us in any capacity you wish.  We hope to see you in the fall!  If at any time you wish to contact us, feel free to email Bluegrassiiba@gmail.com

     

    Aaron Whittenberger, CBAP

    President, Bluegrass BA Chapter

  • Saturday, May 24, 2014 12:00 PM | Aaron Whittenberger, CBAP, CSPO (Administrator)

    The Bluegrass Business Analysis Chapter is not only here to serve the local Business Analysis community, but we strongly believe in giving back to the community. Earlier this week I had the great privilege of serving on the ITT Technical Institute Program Advisory Committee. I found it to be a very rewarding experience and greatly appreciate ITT Technical Institute inviting our organization to participate and give feedback to make their educational program better.  Below is a press release that went out to local and social media:

     

    Developing today’s students to be tomorrow’s leaders

     

    On Tuesday, ITT Technical Institute in Lexington, KY held its semi-annual Program Advisory Committee (PAC) meeting.  The Bluegrass Business Analysis Chapter was represented by President, Aaron Whittenberger, CBAP.

    The PAC is a collaborative effort between ITT Technical Institute and organizations in the community to help ensure that students graduate with the skills and knowledge necessary to be effective in the workforce.  It is an opportunity for the business community to give feedback to ITT on what skills they look for in their employees.  For ITT Technical Institute the PAC is participated in by the School of Business, School of Engineering, School of Information Technology and Breckinridge School of Nursing.

    The School of Business and School of Information Technology PAC was led by Subject Matter Expert and Instructor, Kathy Leigh.  The Bluegrass Business Analysis Chapter supports ITT Technical Institutes efforts for better education and was represented by President, Aaron Whittenberger, CBAP.  Aaron noted:

    “I came to see about the possibility of ITT developing a Business Analysis curriculum that will allow students to graduate with not only a degree from ITT, but recognition from the International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA).  I also wanted to elaborate that students need to have collaborative skills.  They will be working with teams of different perspectives and levels of skill; they have to be able to navigate those different personalities in an ever changing environment.”

    The Business and Information Technology PAC was also attended by Accenture, Champion Windows, Central Bank & Trust, and Signsmith Technologies.

    ITT Technical Institute will use the feedback from the organizations attending to adjust their curriculum to better prepare their students to be top performers in their chosen field of work.  ITT will hold its next PAC meeting in the fall.  If your organization would like to participate, please contact ITT Technical Institute at 859 246-3300 and mention the Program Advisory Committee or ask for the Career Services Department.

    Aaron S. Whittenberger, CBAP

    President, Bluegrass BA Chapter 

     

  • Thursday, April 24, 2014 12:00 PM | Aaron Whittenberger, CBAP, CSPO (Administrator)

    On Tuesday, ITT Technical Institute in Lexington, KY held its semi-annual Program Advisory Committee (PAC) meeting.  The Bluegrass Business Analysis Chapter was represented by President, Aaron Whittenberger, CBAP.

    The PAC is a collaborative effort between ITT Technical Institute and organizations in the community to help ensure that students graduate with the skills and knowledge necessary to be effective in the workforce.  It is an opportunity for the business community to give feedback to ITT on what skills they look for in their employees.  For ITT Technical Institute the PAC is participated in by the School of Business, School of Engineering, School of Information Technology and Breckinridge School of Nursing.

    The School of Business and School of Information Technology PAC was led by Subject Matter Expert and Instructor, Kathy Leigh.  The Bluegrass Business Analysis Chapter supports ITT Technical Institutes efforts for better education and was represented by President, Aaron Whittenberger, CBAP.  Aaron noted:

    “I came to see about the possibility of ITT developing a Business Analysis curriculum that will allow students to graduate with not only a degree from ITT, but recognition from the International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA).  I also wanted to elaborate that students need to have collaborative skills.  They will be working with teams of different perspectives and levels of skill; they have to be able to navigate those different personalities in an ever changing environment.”

    The Business and Information Technology PAC was also attended by Accenture, Champion Windows, Central Bank & Trust, and Signsmith Technologies.

    ITT Technical Institute will use the feedback from the organizations attending to adjust their curriculum to better prepare their students to be top performers in their chosen field of work.  ITT will hold its next PAC meeting in the fall.  If your organization would like to participate, please contact ITT Technical Institute at 859 246-3300 and mention the Program Advisory Committee or ask for the Career Services Department.

                                 

                    Kathy                                                    Aaron 

                    Leigh                                             Whittenberger, CBAP

     

  • Sunday, February 02, 2014 12:00 PM | Aaron Whittenberger, CBAP, CSPO (Administrator)

    As you all know the IIBA® celebrated its 10th anniversary last October.  The last 10 years has been very interested for the business analysis profession, but I believe the next 10 years or so will be even more interesting for us; in other words…The party is just getting started!

    We have spent the last 10 years proving our value to the organization.  That job is not over by any means because people learn at different paces.  We have seen great change in the business environment over the last 10 years and the business analysis profession has brought some of that change about.  I think we will see that kind of change four-fold over the next 10 years, as Business Intelligence grows in popularity and Agile continues to grab foothold in organizations.   We will continue to see business analysis bring about a lot of that change.  In fact that is at the heart of the definition of business analysis…to bring about business change.  To do so we, the practitioners of business analysis, will have to focus on business value; but change that focus from proving our business value to delivering business value.

    To be effective in delivering business value practitioners will need to stay informed of changes in the business analysis profession; and believe me they are coming fast and furious.  This is the value that the IIBA® and your local Bluegrass BA Chapter brings to you, the business analysis practitioner.  Even the hybrid role (part business analysis) practitioner should take advantage of the resources of the IIBA® and this chapter to stay abreast of the profession.  Of course, the local networking opportunities of this chapter may be the greatest of those resources.  So feel free to come and stay abreast of what is going on with us.

    However you decide to stay informed…make sure you do stay informed.  These coming changes may require changes in business analysis processes and skills.  You will want to be proactive in this change, not reactive.

    Aaron S. Whittenberger, CBAP

    President, Bluegrass BA Chapter

  • Thursday, January 02, 2014 12:00 PM | Aaron Whittenberger, CBAP, CSPO (Administrator)

    My role as Regional Director of the Americas Eastern Region for the International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA®) is to support the IIBA® chapters in the eastern time zone of North America. I define the role a little more broadly, to support the business analysis communities of the eastern time zone. As part of that role I look for communities that should be served by an IIBA® chapter but is not currently being served. My first stop was in my own back yard in the great Bluegrass state.

    The IIBA® will spout off some great benefits of membership in IIBA® that include:

    • A free copy of the Business Analysis Body of Knowledge® (BABOK®).
    • A free copy of the Business Analysis Competency Model.
    • Free access to the Online Library, over 300 books on business analysis topics that would cost thousands of dollars to purchase individually.
    • Knowledge sharing and networking opportunities through the IIBA® communities.
    • Access to member only, on top of the public, webinars on a wide range of business analysis topics.
    • Discount fees for IIBA® certification exams.
    • Access to monthly IIBA® Chapters newsletters.
    • Eligibility to join a local IIBA® chapter, which includes opportunities for leadership roles within the local and larger business analysis community.

    I believe you will agree all excellent benefits and all worth the price of membership, but I think the greatest benefit of being associated with IIBA is the value of an excellently delivered program to the local business community. This is not a benefit of membership, but of partaking of the local program. To that end, I and a group of volunteers who have stepped up with excitement and enthusiasm will do our absolute best to deliver the best program possible to this local community. We spoke in the Board of Directors meeting last month, that even though this chapter is in its infancy, we intend to win the Top Chapter Award given by the IIBA® next year. The way we will accomplish that goal, is to deliver an excellent program to you; and thereby, increase both membership and attendance to our events throughout the year. In the coming months we will be asking for your input to that program, what do you want to grow in knowledge about.  We will customize our program for our community.  We will remain open to all suggestions beyond our inquiries and surveys, so please do not hesitate to speak to any of the Board members on how to improve our program; because as I said, it is in its infancy.  Like any infant it has to mature, but don’t worry even in its infancy it matches what other chapters have as many of your Board members are quite experienced in delivering such programs to the local professional community, and we pledge to deliver the best one possible to you.  So sit back and enjoy; you are why we are here!

    I hope y'all and your families had a safe and wonderful holiday season!  Now let's continue what we started in 2013.

    Aaron S. Whittenberger, CBAP

    President, Bluegrass BA Chapter

     

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