Business Analysis Agility and Systems Thinking

Business Analysis Agility and Systems Thinking


Business Analysis Agility and Systems Thinking: understanding difficult problems and finding better solutions (LiveOnline Masterclass)

3 December 2020 (9h00-12h30 CET)
Location: Live Online Event (@YOUR DIGITAL WORKPLACE)
Presented in English by Adrian Reed and James Robertson
Price: 299 EUR (excl. 21% VAT)
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 Learning Objectives

What will you learn ?

Change happens fast. Organisations must be more agile today if they are to keep up with events and changing needs. But there remains one indisputable foundation for any kind of change or development effort — there must be a clear and unambiguous interpretation of the problems being addressed, and that any change introduced must be truly valuable to the organisation.

Two crucial and complementary disciplines that contribute to this clarity are ​business analysis and systems thinking.​ In this half-day, practical and interactive masterclass you have the opportunity to explore these intersecting disciplines. You will hear:

  • What systems thinking is, and why it helps business analysts
  • What business analysis is and how it is enhanced by systems thinking
  • Assessing the context
  • The "Solution Illusion" - people just want to buy stuff
  • A technique for analysing stakeholder perspectives
  • Techniques for analysing 'messy' problematical situations and understanding root causes
  • How to propose the best action to take
  • Using multiple candidate solutions to probe customers’ problems and values
  • How you can investigate the solution space to propose the best option
  • Practical guidance for writing user stories and non-functional requirements
  • Synchronising business analysis discovery and iterative development

The session will be highly interactive, and is packed with practical concepts and techniques. Additionally, during the session there is ample opportunity to interact with the presenters and ask your own questions, discuss your problems and real-world examples, and to discover what systems thinking and business analysis can do for you.

This is a rare opportunity to gain insights and knowledge from two world-renowned authorities without leaving your office, or in these times of lockdown, your home.

See you on Thursday December 3rd. We start at 9h00 and aim to finish before 12h30 (CET, Brussels time). The price is €299 + VAT.

 Full Programme

9.00h
Start of the masterclass

Change happens fast. Organisations must be more agile today if they are to keep up with events and changing needs. But there remains one indisputable foundation for any kind of change or development effort — there must be a clear and unambiguous interpretation of the problems being addressed, and that any change introduced must be truly valuable to the organisation.

Two crucial and complementary disciplines that contribute to this clarity are ​business analysis and systems thinking.​ In this half-day, practical and interactive masterclass you have the opportunity to explore these intersecting disciplines.

This live interactive masterclass is presented by James Robertson and Adrian Reed, 2 highly experienced consultants, teachers, authors and practitioners whose work in the area of business analysis and requirements gathering is valued by clients around the world.

You will hear:

  • What systems thinking is, and why it helps business analysts
  • What business analysis is and how it is enhanced by systems thinking
  • Assessing the context
  • The "Solution Illusion" - people just want to buy stuff
  • A technique for analysing stakeholder perspectives
  • Techniques for analysing 'messy' problematical situations and understanding root causes
  • How to propose the best action to take
  • Using multiple candidate solutions to probe customers’ problems and values
  • How you can investigate the solution space to propose the best option
  • Practical guidance for writing user stories and non-functional requirements
  • Synchronising business analysis discovery and iterative development

The session will be highly interactive, and is packed with practical concepts and techniques. Additionally, during the session there is ample opportunity to interact with the presenters and ask your own questions, discuss your problems and real-world examples, and to discover what systems thinking and business analysis can do for you.

This is a rare opportunity to gain insights and knowledge from two world-renowned authorities without leaving your office, or in these times of lockdown, your home.

See you on Thursday 3rd of December. We start at 9h00 and aim to finish before 12h30 (CET, Brussels time). The price is €299 + VAT.

12.30h
End of the masterclass

 Speakers


Blackmetric Business Solutions

Adrian Reed is a true advocate of the business analysis profession. In his day job, he acts as Principal Consultant and Director at Blackmetric Business Solutions where he provides Business Analysis consultancy and training solutions to a range of clients in varying industries. Adrian is Immediate Past President of the UK chapter of the IIBA and he speaks internationally on topics relating to Business Analysis and business change.

Adrian is author of the 2016 book, "Be a Great Problem Solver Now!", and the 2018 book "Business Analyst". You can read Adrian's blog at http://www.adrianreed.co.uk. Follow Adrian on Twitter @UKAdrianReed.

The Atlantic Systems Guild

James Robertson is a consultant, teacher, author, project leader whose area of concern is the requirements for products, and the contribution that good requirements make to successful projects. His work in the area of business analysis and requirements gathering is valued by clients around the world.

He is the co-author of the best-selling book "Mastering the Requirements Process, Third Edition" (Pearson, 2012, ISBN: 9780321815743). This book provides guidance on finding requirements and writing them so that all the stakeholders can understand them. He also co-founded the Volere approach to requirements engineering. His most recent book is "Adrenaline Junkies and Template Zombies: Understanding Patterns of Project Behavior", written with fellow principals of The Atlantic Systems Guild, a London and New York-based think tank known for its research into new systems engineering techniques.

James Robertson has worked on almost every type of information system. His experience has led him to write numerous seminars and papers that are well respected as sources of new software development ideas.

As well as teaching his seminars and workshops, he now advises companies on how to adapt modern software development techniques to fit specific projects, and how to effectively transfer the new technologies to the software developers within the organisation. He has formed a solid partnership with his wife Suzanne to consult on numerous large-scale projects in Europe and the United States.

James and Suzanne Robertson are principals and co-founders of The Atlantic Systems Guild.

The Atlantic Systems Guild Limited is endorsed as an education provider by the International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA).

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