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Date: 25 Nov 2015
Start time: 18:30 for 19:00
Where: Bristol
Venue: Ashton Gate Stadium
Ashton Road
Bristol
BS3 2EJ
Members: FREE
Non-members: £10

Sanderson plc is hosting the event and we would like to thank them for their hospitality. Light refreshments will be provided.

Going Beyond 'What Success Looks Like' - Using Data to Achieve Successful Projects

Delivering value is at the heart of the Business Analyst role, but how easy is it to identify tangible value and prove the success of a project or program? In agile projects we'll often define a "definition of done" or ask the question "what does success look like". At LateRooms.com, we've developed a toolkit for our Business Analysts to support the business in using data to define what success looks like, and track it throughout the project lifecycle.

This presentation will look at the ways LateRooms.com collects, analyses and uses data to better define the problem space, set up KPI driven Critical Success Factors and present Benefits Realisation.

The session will cover:

  • Leveraging the most out of the data you already have
  • Setting up baselines and real-time KPI dashboards
  • Making better decisions from your data
  • Presenting Benefits Realisation in a way the business will understand

Jamie Clouting

Jamie Clouting is a Principal Business Analyst at LateRooms.com, with a focus on user experience and data analytics. A keen BA blogger and volunteer with the IIBA North Branch, he works with the LateRooms.com BA practice to share best practice and mentor BAs. Follow Jamie on Twitter @jamieclouting.

But What About BA Contractors? A Case Study in Skills and Leadership Development

A significant proportion of Business Analysts are contractors, who have little access to internal development programmes. Despite this, their skills form the basis of whether or not they and their projects will succeed. How can they develop the skills to become trusted advisors and to handle complex stakeholder relationships across multiple clients?

This interactive presentation tracks John's continuous development over 2014-2015. He has pursued the BA Diploma, experiential facilitation training and a virtual group-mentoring program.

The presentation will:

  • Explore the challenges of operating as a BA contractor who wishes to develop their skills
  • Present the options available to BA contractors for their own personal skills development as Business Analysts
  • Cover the pros and cons of both traditional and experiential training courses, plus group mentoring
  • Share case studies of two diverse BA contractors as they develop their skills through multiple routes
  • Encourage attendees to reflect on the best ways to develop, whether as contractors or permanent employees

John Mee

John Mee, Senior Business Analysis Consultant, Bath Business Analysis & Improvement, is an experienced business analysis consultant, who has worked as a requirements engineer, service manager, and information systems project manager. He has experience in both public and private sectors, and in a variety of business domains including supply chain management, equipment support, and military command and control. He is particularly used to working in challenging environments with strong willed, dynamic stakeholders, having worked extensively with the UK military. John is passionate about business improvement, teamwork, and in delivering value. This makes him ideal for supporting disparate stakeholders to understand their combined objectives and goals, at facilitating collaboration, and then supporting them to select and implement an appropriate, achievable, and affordable solution. He has been part of the Outstanding Outsider group-mentoring programme for contractors since early 2014, and is pleased to say he is still learning and developing as a professional BA.