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Date: 28 May 2015
Doors open: 18:00
Start time: 18:30
End time: 21:00
Where: London
Venue: Central Foundation Boys School
Cowper Street
London EC2A 4SH
Members: FREE
Non-members: £15

We are delighted to have two exceptional speakers lined up for our next London event on Thursday 28th May. All the way from New Zealand, Sarah Gibson will treat us to an insightful foray into the application of business analysis skills for strategic and visionary purposes. Dr Penny Pullan will then take us into a delivery-focussed mindset, using recent research to explore the friction between the business analyst and project management roles, and recommended tactics that can be deployed to achieve effective project outcomes.

The venue has a capacity to accommodate 150 people, but we're expecting a good turnout to see our two speakers so early booking is recommended. Free to IIBA UK members, £15 in advance for non-members.

Preaching What We Practise

Applying the powerful skill set of business analysis to business vision, business modelling and strategic planning to build a core company ideology as well as a focused business strategy.

As CEO, Sarah Gibson's purpose is to lead the charge of Redvespa Consultants Ltd, a NZ based consultancy specialising in business analysis. Redvespa has been in business for 12 years and has a long term vision; culture, strategy and business transformation play a major part in delivering to that. She is a passionate explorer and because of this she doesn't think she will ever be finished.

It is of paramount importance to Sarah that Redvespa is an organisation that fosters love and care. She tries to operate the business in the way she lives her life. One of the constant challenges she faces is balancing 'care' which is Redvespa's core value, with building a healthy and sustainable business as well as being able to make the tough calls when they have to be made.

Sarah has served on the IIBA NZ chapter board for 7 years and is currently a director on the IIBA (International) board. Sarah brings practical experience, oversight, insight and foresight to the IIBA board.

Business Analyst/Project Manager Friction, and How to Overcome It

Business analysts and project managers are both crucial for project success, but too often friction between the two gets in the way! Come to this session to explore the complementary, but different, perspectives of the business analyst and project manager and how this affects their roles. Penny will present the results from her survey of both roles earlier this year and conclude with her own top tips. You will leave the session with ideas of how to work together for successful delivery of your project, while meeting the needs of your project stakeholders as well as the wider organisation.

Dr. Penny Pullan works with people in multinationals who are grappling with tricky projects: risky, virtual teams, ambiguity, disengaged stakeholders. To this complexity, Penny brings clarity, confidence and powerful communication, including graphics, that make projects more successful and much more fun. Penny hosts the BA Summit each year. Her latest book, written along with 27 others, is Business Analysis and Leadership: Influencing Change and another one is on the way. Penny is a Director of Making Projects Work Ltd. and acts as a mentor to a growing number of UK-based business analysts.