On 8 August 2013, the Taranaki Business Analysis Group (or TBAGs as they refer to themselves) turned up at the Quality Inn in New Plymouth to hear from four speakers from the NZ chapter of the International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA).
Eric Pellicer, change manager with Powerco, talked briefly about his experience with IIBA in his Canadian home of Vancouver. Then we talked briefly 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, Andrew McNaughton shared how he uses the BA Body of Knowledge as part of his everyday work.
Secondly, I ran a brief workshop on use cases. Half of the group were familiar with use cases, however they were keen for a refresher, so we covered the ‘syntax’ of use cases and use case diagrams, and where I think it best fits into the business analysis toolkit. We then had great fun working on a solution for Birley Salt Beef deli sandwich store in Canary Wharf, allowing customers to pre-order and pre-pay for their sandwiches, so they can avoid the double queueing system during the busy lunch hour.
There is evidently a vibrant business analysis community in Taranaki, and it was a real pleasure to work with them and talk about their experiences afterwards too. It was fantastic to have an open invitation to come back and talk at any time. I will be taking New Plymouth up on that promise.
Next stop, Dunedin.