How Business Analysts are Catalysts for Business Change

How Business Analysts are Catalysts for Business Change


Business analysts play an extremely important role in business change and business transformation

2 April 2014 (19-22u)
Location: Golden Tulip Brussels Airport (Diegem)
Presented in English by James Robertson, James Archer
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 Learning Objectives

Meetups are free evening events of @itworks about brandnew topics or interesting trends, where discussion and networking are key. We definitely think that the increasingly important role of the business analyst in IT is a trend to watch (in education, training and in your business). It is the least "T" role in ICT, but it has the highest level of "C".

Business analysts play an extremely important role in business change and business transformation.

On the one hand, they are trying to discover the essence of the business problem, whilst finding a better solution for the business processes, and communicating this in such a way that all stakeholders come to a consensus on the best way to improve the business.

As such, business analysis is a combination of modelling, systemic thinking, innovating, communicating, persuasion and several other analytical skills.

We are happy to have James Archer as keynote speaker. James has a lot of business analysis experience in many different application areas. Requirements guru James Robertson will also be present, as well as many users of his requirements method Volere, now probably the most widely adopted requirements technique in Belgium.

Michel Van Montfort will bring a customer testimonial on the role business analysts play in a company based on real-life practical experiences. Michel is Senior Product Advisor at SD Worx, which offers full service in Payroll, HR and Tax & Legal to more than 50.000 large and small organisations in 27 European countries.

We hope to bring together business analysts, requirements engineers and anyone interested in business change, and will create a networking event where everyone can find out how to do their job better.

Registrations, questions, discussion topics, tweets (please use hashtag #bigpICTure) and sponsors welcome.

Register now, the number of places is limited ! All information is also on Meetup page.

MeetupIf you register via the Meetup platform, you can see who else is going (including photograph and other details people want to share), as well as discover other interesting metups in your region, based on your profile.

Of course you can also register via our web site.

Presentations will be available on slideshare after the meetup.

 Full Programme

18.30h - 19.00h
Arrival of participants, opportunity to network

Business analysts play an extremely important role in business change and business transformation.

On the one hand, they are trying to discover the essence of the business problem, whilst finding a better solution for the business processes, and communicating this in such a way that all stakeholders come to a consensus on the best way to improve the business.

As such, business analysis is a combination of modelling, systemic thinking, innovating, communicating, persuasion and several other analytical skills.

We are happy to have James Archer as keynote speaker. James has a lot of business analysis experience in many different application areas. Requirements guru James Robertson will also be present, as well as many users of his requirements method Volere, now probably the most widely adopted requirements technique in Belgium.

Michel Van Montfort will bring a customer testimonial on the role business analysts play in a company based on real-life practical experiences. Michel is Senior Product Advisor at SD Worx, which offers full service in Payroll, HR and Tax & Legal to more than 50.000 large and small organisations in 27 European countries.

We hope to bring together business analysts, requirements engineers and anyone interested in business change, and will create a networking event where everyone can find out how to do their job better.

Registrations, questions, discussion topics, tweets (please use hashtag #bigpICTure) and sponsors welcome.

Register now, the number of places is limited !

MeetupIf you register via the Meetup platform, you can see who else is going (including photograph and other details people want to share), as well as discover other interesting metups in your region, based on your profile.

20.30h
Discussion, Questions and Answers
Networking opportunity with finger food and drinks, offered by I.T. Works and friendly sponsors which will be mentioned and thanked immensely

Of course you can also register via our web site.

Presentations will be available on slideshare after the meetup.

 Speakers


Business Analyst of the Year

James Archer is a business analyst, consultant, teacher, writer and innovator. James is co-editor and contributing author of Business Analysis and Leadership (Kogan Page, 2014). He identifies the key to great business analysis as an inclusive leadership style, thinking innovatively, working collaboratively, acting strategically and helping people discover their real requirements.

James is one of the founders and organisers of the Business Analysis European Conference. In 2009 he was awarded Business Analyst of the Year and he has a Masters with Distinction in Innovation, Creativity and Leadership (Minnov) from City University London.

James is an associate of the Atlantic Systems Guild and has contributed to the development of and taught the Volere approach to requirements and business analysis for the last 8 years.

Specialising in health and social care, he brings a track record of designing and delivering innovative solutions to complex problems. His key role is to help senior stakeholders understand the wider strategic and business change implications of potential solutions, while James also has a rare ability to enable people at all levels of an organisation to work and think together in pursuit of lasting change.

James is a Director of Public World who are UK partners of Buurtzorg, a not for profit organization in the Netherlands that is transforming the way care at home is delivered by nurse lead self managed teams. Buurtzorg has grown from a team of 4 nurses in 2007 to over 800 teams of 9,500 nurses with a back office of only 45 staff and has won employer of the year in the Netherlands for 4 out of the last 5 years. James is working with Guys and St Thomas Hospital in London and other NHS organisations to adapt and adopt the Buurtzorg model to the UK context.

Recent clients have included Royal Mail, Waters Corporation, Ikea, the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, Westminster Council, the Norwegian Court Administrative Service, Credit Suisse, Estonia Energy and Honeywell.

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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