Date: 28 Nov 2018
Where: Southampton

World Café – How do we measure the value BAs add to the organisation?



The first part of the evening was facilitated by the University of Southampton Business Analysis Practice.

An opportunity to take part in a technique that is often associated with business change and can be used by Business Analysts to create a collaborative dialogue around the questions that matter to us all.
The world café technique is built on the assumption that people already have within them the wisdom and creativity to confront and find answers to difficult challenges in a fun and engaging way.

Learning Outcomes

  • Try out a new technique to encourage collaborative dialogue in a safe environment
  • Understand the value BA’s add to the organisation

A chance to learn, share your knowledge and network.


Photos and mind map from the event


Leading from the Middle: Influencing & Delivery in Tricky Projects

There are many techniques that we can draw on to analyze, specify and design new innovative business solutions. Yet too often change fails. It is oh-so-easy to deliver everything we were asked to deliver, only to find out that the situation was far more complex than we thought. In many cases the people aspects of change are the hardest, and we draw intuitively on our ‘softer’ interpersonal skills. We “lead from the middle” and influence without authority. In some cases it may be our interpersonal skills that help enable us to turn a failing project into a resounding success.

In this presentation, we explore some practical techniques for working with stakeholders in tricky, political, and conflict-laden situations.

You’ll hear:

  • Practical techniques for stakeholder analysis and engagement
  • Techniques for considering different stakeholders’ perspectives
  • Tips for facilitating in situations where stakeholders simply don’t agree
  • How to survive—and even thrive—in highly political cultures!
  • You will walk away with tips and techniques that you can use immediately on your next tricky project!

Adrian Reed is a true advocate of the analysis profession. In his day job, he acts as Principal Consultant and Director at Blackmetric Business Solutions where he provides business analysis consultancy and training solutions to a range of clients in varying industries. He is a former President of IIBA UK and he speaks internationally on topics relating to business analysis and business change. You can read Adrian's blog at and follow him on Twitter at




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