Date: 12 Sep 2019
Doors open: 18:00
Start time: 18:30
Where: London
Venue: 120 Holborn, London

Members: FREE
Non-members: £15.00


IIBA UK London Branch is delighted to welcome you to our next event kindly hosted by North Highland.


18:00 :Doors open
18:30 :Welcome  
18:40 :Large Teams V Small Teams: What is the Difference For Business Analysts?
19:20: Break
19.30:Virtual Leadership: How BAs Can Work Effectively with Remote Teams And Stakeholders
8:00: Panel discussion 
20:25 :Closing and IIBA Announcements
20:30 :Networking 

Large Teams V Small Teams: What is the Difference For Business Analysts?


Project teams can vary in size, dependent on a number of factors (be it size of project, budget constraints, business priority etc). This fluctuation in project team size and make up has a number of consequences across the life cycle of the project itself.

But what does this mean for Business Analysts? In this talk, Paul will explore how large and small project teams:

·        Organise themselves in an effective manner (in ways not dependent on project methodology)

·        Work on projects of varying size and complexity

·        Overcome issues relating to the Forming, Storming, Norming and Performing principle of team dynamics

·        Discuss how the role of Business Analyst changes as team sizes change, and also discuss how this relates to the principles of shaped individuals


Paul Hirschfeld has worked on a number of different projects and programmes in various organisations, each with their own unique team make up. And this has meant that he has had to pull on a number of different skills and roles outside of his days to day BA background in order to ensure project success.. 


Virtual Leadership: How BAs Can Work Effectively with Remote Teams And Stakeholders

 How can we work effectively as Business Analysts on virtual projects and dispersed teams? How can we show up wholeheartedly for virtual meetings so that our stakeholders leave them with a smile (yes really)? When so many of us work far away from stakeholders, how do we form strong connections and communicate deeply when we only meet virtually? In our fast paced world of work, where multi-tasking is the norm, how do we engage people when they are likely to be distracted and pulled away by everything else that is happening around them?

While this talk will be lots of fun, Penny is deadly serious. Without leadership and engagement, business analysts might as well stay at home. Tricky virtual projects need much more than just set processes for follow and honed analytical skills. You can expect an interactive session with Penny and you'll be getting involved too. Her hope is that you’ll leave inspired to tackle your tricky projects and engage your virtual stakeholders even more than you do now.


Dr. Penny Pullan’s latest book is ‘Virtual Leadership: Practical strategies for getting the most out of virtual teams and virtual work’. Writing it involved immersing herself in the virtual world and listening to countless stories of success (and, all too often, just muddling through) from business analysts and other change professionals!

Penny works with people in multinational organizations who are grappling with tricky projects: uncertain, with ambiguous requirements, stakeholders who need to be engaged and teams dispersed around the world. When they work with Penny, clients notice that communication, collaboration, and confidence grow. Change doesn’t seem quite as tricky as before! Penny mentors BAs at, tweets at @pennypullan, she’s a director of Making Projects Work Ltd.  and has run the annual BA Summit since 2010. 


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