Date: 16 Mar 2017
Where: Birmingham

The next IIBA UK Midlands Branch event will be held in Birmingham on Thursday 16th March 2017 at 6:00pm for a 6:30pm start. IIBA UK Chapter Midlands Branch are delighted to welcome our guest speakers Pardeep Dhanda and Dr Penny Pullan.


Evolution of a Business Analyst to Product Owner

In this interactive session, Pardeep will be presenting the key success factors that enable a Business Analyst to transition into the Product Owner role and introduce useful Agile techniques. 

Liz CarterPardeep Dhanda is the head of the Business Analysis (BA) Community of Practice in Deutsche Bank Birmingham and manages BA teams across multiple domains including Compliance IT, Treasury IT and HR Solutions IT. He has over 15 years of experience in Financial Services, Consulting and Telecommunications, and builds BA team capabilities within multi-vendor environments by embedding BA best practices within organisations.

Pardeep specialises in Agile, having previously led the Agile adoption within British Telecommunications offshore centres by training over 700 resources, taken on the Agile lead role within the IBM UK BA Practice and is currently responsible for implementing Agile best practices across multiple programmes within Deutsche Bank. Pardeep is a certified Product Owner, SCRUM Master and SAFe Program Consultant. Pardeep is currently the IIBA Midlands Branch Chair and has his own personal blog:


Virtual Leadership: Practical strategies for getting the best out of your virtual projects and virtual teams

In this interactive session Penny will dwell upon how can we present ourselves authentically on our virtual projects? 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 those stakeholders, whether colleagues, suppliers, subject matter experts and clients, how do we form strong connections and communicate deeply when we only meet on conference calls or virtual sessions? 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 workshop will be lots of fun, Penny is deadly serious. Without leadership and engagement, business analysts and other change professionals might as well go home. Tricky projects need far more than processes and analytical skills. You can expect a very interactive, facilitative session so please come with your own experience, challenges and stories to share. You can expect Penny to touch on: leadership, mind-set, identity, facilitation, risk, change, culture, and lots more. She’s likely to draw live graphics and even invite you to join in a simulation of virtual work! Her hope is that you’ll leave reinvigorated to tackle your tricky projects and engage your virtual stakeholders.

Martin MayaDr. 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, muddling through!
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 and change doesn't seem quite as tricky as before! Penny tweets at @pennypullan and hosts the annual BA Summit with over 1500 participants from around the world.


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