Hamilton for the IIBA NZ Roadshow 2013 Winter Tour

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Aug 8th, 2013

On Wednesday 7 August, 21 business analysis practitioners turned up at the Novotel in Hamilton to hear from four speakers from the NZ chapter of the International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA).

After a great introduction from Janine Andrews, they went on to talk about what IIBA does for its members, the benefits of professional certification, and how varied our role is. This was followed by two workshops:

  • Firstly, Richard Wood led an in-depth exploration of how prototyping is a great technique for business analysis. This acknowledged how prototyping is useful a design tool, and then focused on how it helps elicitation of requirements, as it puts an early model of a solution in front the customer so that they can actually see whether we’ve interpreted their vision correctly.
  • Secondly, I ran a brief workshop on use cases. Only a quarter of the attendees had worked with use cases before, so we covered the basics of the use case and use case diagram, where it fits into the business analysis toolkit, and then introduced an exercise of how you could run a use case workshop to identify and describe the primary roles (actors) in a system, what their goals were, and how they might use the system to achieve their goals.

Overall, the attendees were highly engaged and interactive, and reported afterwards that they found the session highly relevant and provided some useful insights.

The purpose of the roadshow is to enthuse and encourage BAs to collaborate on organising more events, which IIBA is happy to support, and from some of the discussions overheard over drinks it seems there are a few volunteers willing to work with Janine to revive their regular networking events. I look forward to attending a future IIBA Hamilton event.

Next stop, New Plymouth.

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