Add to calendar
Add to Google calendar

Date: 17 Nov 2015
Doors open: 17:30
Start time: 18:00
End time: 20:45
Where: Leeds
Venue: Yorkshire Building Society
1 Broad Gate
The Headrow
Members: FREE
Non-members: £10

Please join us for an informative and fun-filled evening at the next IIBA UK North Branch event, hosted in partnership with 4iT and Yorkshire Building Society at their Leeds Office on 17th November.

18:00 Introduction to the evening and IIBA UK

18:15 Presentation 1: Improving Communications Across Your BA Practice - Helen Chesterman, Senior Business Analyst – Change Delivery, Yorkshire building Society

Effective communications are your most effective tool to ensure you realize the full value of your BA Practice. For the BA Practice to be taken seriously within your organization we must all engage effectively with our stakeholders. This presentation looks some key tools and techniques to enable the BA to craft more powerful messages and hold more effective conversations thus enabling you to influence positive decision making and ensuring the BA Practice is seen an effective leader of change.

Helen Chesterman is a Senior Business Analyst for Yorkshire Building Society Group where she has been acting in the BA Practice Lead role for the last six months. Prior to this she lived in New Zealand where she worked for the Bank of New Zealand. At BNZ she was the Lead Business Analyst on the Compliance Delivery Programme, leading the business analysis effort on all major compliance initiatives across the bank. During her time in New Zealand she presented at a number of IIBA events including the IIBA New Zealand Chapter BA Development Day in Wellington and the BA World Conference in Melbourne.

18:45 Presentation 2: Journey to Create a High Performance Business Analysis Function - Craig Rollason, UK Business Analysis Manager National Grid

This presentation tells the story of creating a Business Analysis function at National Grid, focussing on the design of the practice, recruiting the right people, BA placement on projects, sharing best practice including Communities of Practice, developing BA services, performance management and metrics, people management, outsourced BA provision and selling the value of the function to the rest of the organisation.

Craig Rollason has 25 years experience in the IT industry working across Manufacturing, Government and Utility sectors. He currently runs the business analysis and solution architecture practice at National Grid. He is a contributor to the BCS publication Business Analysis 3rd Edition, and a member of the UK BA Manager Forum. Key areas of interest include finding new ways to engage stakeholders, facilitation tools and techniques, performance management, coaching, leadership development, and exploring belief systems. Follow Craig on Twitter @Cr2402.

19:15 Presentation 3: : The contentious next level – ASDA's Business Engagement practice – Nisha Hate, ASDA

Any good BA needs to understand and challenge reason for a project's existence before they start drilling into requirements. However this "discovery" phase is often not recognised in the commercial makeup of a project and is lost in the struggle to complete tasks and meet milestones. At ASDA we have recognised and dealt with this challenge by the creation of a Business Engagement team. This is a team with a core BA makeup that is placed right upfront in the portfolio journey to collaborate and create partnerships with stakeholders to ratify that their sparkly new "idea" is actually worthy of an IT "project".

Nisha Hate (Ha-tay) has over a decade of core Business Consultancy, Change and Analysis experience. In her current role as a Business Engagement Manager, she is accountable for consolidating business demand from various business functions to create a portfolio of investments in ASDA's ISD (IT) function with the aim to drive the business strategy and enhance efficiencies within ASDA.

19:45 Refreshments and Networking

20:45 Event Ends


If you will be driving to the event, we suggest the following car park:

Trinity Leeds Car Park
City Centre

Books by these speakers