Date: 25 Apr 2018
Where: Sheffield

Building and running a BA Community of Practice: Lessons learned

Spyros examines one of the key trends in the BA domain currently, in the context of Irwin Mitchell, and the lessons learned from the organisation’s BA Community of Practice. This session aims to provide an understanding of what the Community of Practice is, as well as the practicalities and challenges met during the 2 years of its operation



Spyros Katsaris is an IT professional with strong experience in Business Analysis and a solid background in Information Systems. Spyros has worked for circa 11 years in multiple companies and organisations of varied size, capabilities and organisational culture, in various sectors (public, private, charities), in the UK and Greece. Spyros is currently a Business Systems Analyst and the Lead for the BA Community of Practice within Irwin Mitchell.


BA Careers and Beyond

Jo and Lawrence look into the traditional and (not so) traditional BA career paths drawing from industry and personal experience. This session aims to show that the variety of skills a BA possesses provides great advantages in pursuing a diversified career.


Jo Solecki has worked in both private and public sector in the business improvement arena, initially starting out at Marconi on their graduate scheme. Jo has since worked as a business analyst in Capita and DWP before moving to higher Education and Sheffield Hallam University. Jo progressed to BA Manager and is now Head of Strategic Portfolio and Business Change which involves managing both Project Managers and Business Analysts to deliver Strategic change.



Lawrence Darvill is a Director of both Assist Knowledge Development and the UK BA Manager Forum. He has a background in HR and staffing and has completed research into the higher level capabilities of BAs working as internal consultants. His research has helped establish the Expert BA Award and develop an on-line career management tool for business analysts. More recently Lawrence played a lead role in establishing the BA Apprenticeship Standard. Lawrence works with organisations to provide guidance on developing BA capability and with individuals in their career planning.  


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