Date: 2 Oct 2014
Where: Milton Keynes
Venue: Hudson
500 Avebury Boulevard
Milton Keynes

This was the first joint IIBA UK / PMI London Branch event, hosted in partnership with Hudson at their offices in Milton Keynes on 2nd October 2014.

We were excited to be opening registration to both IIBA UK and PMI members and had three speakers covering topics of relevance to both the BA and PM community. This was an excellent opportunity for BA's and PM's to network and reflect on subjects that are at the forefront of project success.

Corrine Thomas has written a blog post about the evening.

Presentation: 'Need to know' - How to engage and update stakeholders

One of the biggest challenges faced by project managers and BAs is engaging stakeholders at the right time and with the right information. Done well, you can build support and be given the space to get on with delivering your project. Done badly, your stakeholders will become resistant or begin to involve themselves in the project minutiae, demanding more status updates and wanting more control of the project.

In this presentation, Annette Andresen provides some tips on how to identify your stakeholders, how to engage them and how to present them with meaningful information.

Annette Andresen

Annette Andresen is the founder of The Change Facilitator. Annette has led strategic change initiatives over the last decade for organisations in a wide range of industry sectors and countries. Her personal passion is acting as a facilitator for change. She often equates herself to a conductor, ensuring each team involved in a change (usually business leaders, HR, IT, internal communications, but it can be almost anyone) hits the right note at the right time. By doing this, the organisation can move smoothly towards the 'new' with each person feeling informed, educated and ready to change.

Presentation: BA and PM Collaboration - Working better together

PMI has produced several research papers on the role of business analysis and collaborated with IIBA on developing closer links between the roles. In this session we present a short overview of results to date, look at responsibilities and overlaps of the two roles, focus on attitudes and behaviours and then lead in to a facilitated workshop to explore issues and develop your own solutions.

Peter Parkes

Dr Peter Parkes is a member of PMI and former board member of the APM. He has held programme director roles in the public sector, private sector, PPPs and 'big 4' management consultancies. He has led on transformations including the PPP with MK Council which won 'major PPP of the year'. He is an international speaker, trainer and author of 'NLP for Project Managers'

Corrine Thomas

Corrine Thomas is a board member of the IIBA's UK chapter and former head of BA practice for Virgin Media. She is now a BA consultant and coach and co-author of 'Business Analysis and Leadership: Influencing change'.

The SFIA (Skills Framework for the Information Age) Framework

SFIA is the world's most popular definition of IT skills, which is regularly updated to reflect the need for sustainability in information technology. SFIA enables employers of IT professionals to carry out a range of HR activities against a common framework of reference - including skill audit, planning future skill requirements, development programmes, standardisation of job titles and functions, and resource allocation. A number of organisations in the UK have already incorporated SFIA into their IT business to build a competency framework and common definition of IT to their organisation. These include: Foreign & Commonwealth Office, Volkswagen, Boeing, Rural Payments Agency and Rolls Royce. These companies have applied the SFIA framework to their internal IT department in terms of reviewing existing role descriptions and building new profiles to recruit future talent.

Paul Minns

Paul Minns is Principal Consultant for Hudson IT South, an Approved SFIA Partner, specialising in recruitment for mid to senior level Project, Programme Management and Business Change.

Hudson works with organisations as part of their recruitment campaigns to select SFIA competencies for a particular vacancy and build an online assessment for external candidates based on the SFIA framework.


18:30 – 19:00   Arrival and Networking. Buffet / tea & coffee
19:00 – 19:15   Welcome and introductions (PMI and IIBA)
19:15 – 20:00   Annette Andresen
20:00 – 20:45   Peter Parkes and Corrine Thomas
20:45 – 21:00   Paul Minns
21:00   Questions and close. Further networking and tea/coffee

Books by these speakers