To a Critical Conversation
We part with the normal presenter format this month to host a facilitated conversation using the lean coffee elicitation technique in order to soberly consider the future of the profession of business analysis.
We dare to ask this dangerous question:
Over the next 5 years, will we be a vital, important and critical resource in the enterprise?
Why ask this question now?
IIBA just released the results of a study that interviewed both practitioners (3,500+ current business analysts) and business leaders (100 C-Suite, VPs, Managers) and it arrived at some very stark conclusions about the gap between what the business community is asking for and what we currently have to offer.
This gap is summarized neatly in this graphic.
Let's "tawk amongst ourselves" about this shift and constructively imagine the kind of outcomes we need to be aiming for and the training, enablement and other resources we'll need to meet this opportunity.
In this session, we promise that you will (at minimum) come away with:
- a new technique for hosting a critical conversation (lean coffee)
- a renewed appreciation of the craft of business analysis, and where it's headed
- clarity and insight on the skills gap and how you might fill it in the coming year(s)
- engaging conversation with your peers
Who should attend? Anyone who currently identifies or wishes to identify as a business analyst, and any business leaders, managers or others who want to see this business analysis rise in prominence in their organization.
Curtis has a deep interest in supporting great product and organizational discovery in teams, business units and enterprises. He has served in a variety of development, project management and consulting roles in both IT, media and publishing. He says "I discovered my 'inner business analyst' in 2005, joined IIBA in 2010, and haven’t looked back since."
Organizations he has consulted with include Ideas To Go, Kony.com, Express Scripts, Sports Illustrated, Harvard University Press, University of Minnesota Press and most recently the Association of American University Presses. Between client work, he mentors up-and-coming professionals and also teaches classes in business architecture, product innovation and organizational strategy.
Curtis is active in the Central Florida IIBA chapter as Past President and supports nonprofits in his community that are tackling the big problems of our time – education, climate, healthcare.
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