Brisbane BAPD Speakers

Phil Slade    
Opening Keynote - Going Ape S#!t - the hidden forces that work against us
 
     
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  Behavioural economist, psychologist, award-winning musician, author and co-founder of Decida, Phil has a driving belief that to change the world, we must first improve our individual choices.

His humour, casual approach and unique background has made him a sought-after speaker, helping people to master their own choices and design their own destiny. Phil makes neuroscience simple, interesting and fun, highlighting irrational ‘blind-spots’, increasing awareness of cognitive biases that influence perception and behaviour, and inspiring people to become less reactive, and more responsive.

Phil regularly speaks to diverse audiences, from workshops, university lectures and large conferences, to individually coaching executives, politicians and leaders in a range of topics including strategic decision-making, critical thinking, strategic communications, mental resilience and change.

     
James Young    
Closing Keynote: Are you and your teams engaged?
 
     
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  James is an experienced professional with infectious enthusiasm for everything he does.He is a strong supporter of continuous learning and collaboration for professional development. He prides himself on his ability to facilitate diverse groups of people as they share their stories. James helps groups collaborate successfully for enhanced productivity, and to enable positive engaging cultures.

Since leaving academia and government in mid 2014, James has specialised in advising, training and mentoring people in private, public and not for profit sectors. Topics/services include:
- Team development, staff engagement, futures planning, collaboration and growth through change
- Meeting facilitation.

Personally, James is generous with praise, quick to smile and always looks for the positives in a situation. He values learning from the past—applying lessons from history to solve new problems and innovate. James uses his photography wherever he can.

Please join us for a discussion about staff that are engaged and staff that are not. We will visualise an organisation that you can relate to, where all the staff are engaged. We will carefully consider why staff become disengaged and we'll propose a method for addressing this constructively that you can test, in your organisation, with your people, in your contexts. James caught a passion for helping organisations with staff engagement after working in research, government and private sectors - with brief stints in not for profit organisations on specific projects - from 2000-2016. Seeing engaged staff in any sector is mesmerising - truly wonderful and powerful. When staff are disengaged, cultures suffer and places become rather confronting. Dealing with disengaged staff is not easy, however engagement is something that can be addressed with hard work (and compulsory fun).

     

 

 

Tim Coventry    
Data Analysis and Data Science are the future!
 
     
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  Tim is the CEO for Business Analysts Pty Ltd (BAPL) - a specialist business analysis company offering business analyst services for to ASX listed;private companies, government and not for profit organisations. BAPL is an Australian owned and operated company with consultants operating from offices in Melbourne, Sydney, and Brisbane. Internal practice uplift allows us to quickly ramp up with demand and maintain a very high level of competency

With over 25 years’ experience and a strong contribution to business analysis across the globe, Tim is an acknowledged expert in his professional field. Tim has expertise in all phases of the solution delivery life cycle with substantial practical experience in strategic analysis, business process analysis, requirements, tendering and evaluation and software implementation. He holds a Bachelor of Education, Workplace Category IV Trainer and Assessor Certificate, and is a Certified Business Analysis Professional (CBAP).

Tim has presented at the BA World Symposiums in 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011, Building Business Capability in 2013 and 2014, PMI EMEA Global Congress 2015, PMI Virtual Conference 2016, IIBA Australia Chapter BA Professional Day 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 participates regularly in International Institute for Business Analysis (IIBA®) forums. With a strong background in education and assessment Tim has a keen interest in business analysis competency models, is an author of the IIBA® Competency Model, expert reviewer of the IIBA & Agile Alliance Agile Extension and is a past IIBA® Australia Chapter President.

Randall Fernando    
 
     
randall.jpg   Randall is a multi-award winning Data Scientist working in BHP’s Maintenance Centre of Excellence. His background is in behavioural psychology, social statistics and information technology. 

Randall has worked in a number of previous roles including as a Business Analyst. He is also am an Advance Queensland Digital Community Champion and has won a number of awards including from the Australian Government, NASA Space Apps, Data 61, Advance Queensland, DSITI, CSIRO, Hitachi, River City Labs, ODIQ, Climathon KIC, ESRI, UQCS and the Brisbane City Council.

As we enter the fourth industrial revolution, we can see that the big data, analytics and internet of virtual & physical things at its core. What is Business Data Analytics? “As a broad definition, business data analytics is a practice by which a specific set of techniques, competencies, and procedures are applied to perform continuous exploration and investigation of past and current business data for the purposes of obtaining insights about a business that can lead to improved decision-making.” IIBA Introduction to Business Data Analytics: An Organizational View Data analysis and data science will continue to evolve are we move further into the 4th & 5th industrial revolutions. In this forward-thinking presentation, learn how these Business Analyst and Data Scientist are two roles can work closely together to provide context to data for improved business performance.

     
Dr Luke Houghton    
Ethics and Business Analysis: We can’t build thinking machines so we can’t build caring machines
 
     
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  Dr Luke Houghton is a Senior Lecturer in Information Systems and Management in the department of Business Strategy and Innovation at Griffith University. Luke is an expert on the role cognition plays in complex problem solving in large social and technical systems.  S Luke has been published in the Information Systems Journal, Australasian Journal of Educational Technology and The Journal of Information Technology Education.
He maintains an active connection in IT industry.

Why do we spend millions of dollars on systems that have core ethical problems that are never solved?  The reason is that we don't embody ethics in our process mapping or design.

To move toward this we propose a workshop that allows participation and development of some key management skills for integrating ethics into process analysis and design.  The workshop will leave participants with a framework they can apply into process analysis and design that will surface ethical issues so they can be effectively managed. At the conclusion of the workshop participants will be able to apply this template to ensure ethical outcomes in process design and analysis.

     
Briana Ertanin    
IIBA(R) certifications - future proof your skill-set for the Digital Age
 
     
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  Briana is an accomplished professional with hybrid skill set spanning business analysis, change management, project and delivery management. She has experience in hands on delivery as well as leadership, coaching and mentoring. Briana is currently leading the BA Practice of Toyota Financial Services.
Briana is very passionate about the future of business analysis and the opportunities for professional upskilling with agile knowledge and experience. Briana is CBAP® as well as certified in the newest IIBA certification – Agile Analysis Certification – IIBA® as part of the pilot group applicants worldwide. Briana was previously a Director of Marketing in the National Board of IIBA Australia and led the Education and Certification portfolio at the Sydney Branch of the Australian Chapter.

This session will look into IIBA certification tiers. It will cover the certifications such as ECBA, CCBA and CBAP. The session will then look into the specialised certifications - AAC [one year after launch] and Data Analysis (new for 2019).

The session will focus on the benefit and application of IIBA certifications - what's in it for you as a BA.
The session will cover the support that IIBA  Australia offers to members preparing for the exam - study groups, mentoring and dedicated certification coordinators across the country.

     
Naz Ziganshin    
Data Modelling
 
     
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  Naz is a highly efficient professional with many years of experience in a wide range of business analysis and process improvement roles. He has extensive experience in enabling change in organisations by defining needs and recommending solutions to meet business goals and deliver value. He is a Certified Business Analysis Professional (CBAP) with a passion for achieving practical and high performing enterprise transformation in people, processes, systems and teams.

Naz has been working with Metro North Hospital and Health Service (MNHHS is one of the largest public health organisation in Queensland) to be on the front edge of health industry. He provides expertise in managing and leading business analysis activities to enable development of high quality structures, business processes and systems.

Prior to joining MNHHS, Naz worked for private and non-for-profit organisations for more than 15 years in Australia and overseas. He is experienced in collaborating with technical and business stakeholders to develop high quality business analysis deliverables.

How to communicate effectively about technical concepts like data without knowing how to code? More and more business analysis activities require data modelling techniques like entity relationship diagrams, context diagrams, data maps etc.

We will consider the description and purpose of data modelling in the context of business analysis. To understand data modelling better we will review model types and modelling notations, share few modelling advices, and try modelling together

     
Susan Yu    
Innovation and Disruption - The Chinese Way
 
     
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  SUSAN YU is a futurist, a creative and experienced technology consultant enabling changes across large organisation such as IBM, Accenture, Commonwealth Bank, Optus and Flexigroup for over 35 years.

Susan is currently the Marketing Director of International Institute of Business Analysis, Australia Chapter.

Susan is the founder of National Institute of Chinese Education and co-founder of STEAM Education Australia to promote holistic and innovative after school programs in Australia.

A respected Chinese community leader, Susan was VICE President of Australian Fujian Association, the honorary president of the Australian Chinese Health Association

Growing up in Hong Kong surrounded by survival stories of struggles, resilience and victories during the turbulent time of Chinese history shaped her unique East meets West view of the world

With a population of 1.4 billion, China is the world’s second largest economy. In 40 years, China has leapfrogged from an agricultural economy on the way to leading the 4th industrial revolution. China’s GDP growth has averaged nearly 10% a year – the fastest sustained expansion by a major economy in history. According to latest report from World Economic Forum, China is now the world’s innovation superpower. Yet for many, what drives the success of China remained shrouded in mystery. In this talk, Susan will open the lid and help people to understand:

  • What drives China’s success?
  • How is China brand’s of innovation and disruption different from the west?
  • What’s next in AI and innovation?
  • What’s BA’s role in this future world?
  • How can we future proof ourselves?
     
Kathy G. Berkidge    
Business Analyst and/or Product Owner – How mindfulness helps keep the balance
 
     
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  With a background in software development, Kathy is a BA professional with nearly 30 years of experience in I.T.  She is an APMG and ICAgile certified trainer and delivers business analysis and agile training and coaching services to many organisations in Australia and around the world, including large corporations and government departments.
Since 1999, Kathy has been studying, practicing and teaching mindfulness. Kathy works with teams and organisations to implement mindfulness practices to improve teamwork, be more innovative and deliver better customer value. She is passionate about seeing people, teams and organisations succeed and thrive in an environment of collaboration and harmony.

Today’s BA is a chameleon, adapting to circumstances and fulfilling many roles in any project or organisation. Particularly in agile projects, many BAs now play the dual role of product owner, or business ambassador, as well as analyst. In some teams, BAs also play the role of user experience designer, team lead, change manager, technical analyst, and / or solution tester, perhaps even dabbling in technical design, data analytics or even development.
 
It can be hard to juggle all these hats we need to wear. Not only that, we need to work with many stakeholders who at times can be quite trying. Pile on top of that hundreds of emails, meeting requests, messages, chat sessions and social media notifications. We are constantly bombarded with distractions. It can be so hard to concentrate with so many things competing for our attention. And the amount of distractions we face isn’t slowing down anytime soon.
 
In the midst of all this busyness, we still need to fulfil the key responsibilities of eliciting, analysing and managing business and stakeholder needs. Acting as product owner, we must also make effective decisions about solution requirements and trade-offs to maximise both business and customer value. How can we remain focused and think clearly without falling into analysis paralysis? One answer is mindfulness.
 
Mindfulness helps us reduce all that mind clutter and concentrate on what’s really important to resist getting caught up with all those distractions. We can cut through all that noise to make better decisions with clarity and control. Kathy will share her experiences applying mindfulness to help keep the balance.

     
Georgiana Mannion    
The Playful BA
 
     
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  Georgiana has been working in the analysis and change space for over ten years and is currently the Vice-President of IIBA Australia. She has spoken internationally on BA subjects and enjoys playing music outside of work

When we are focused on process and efficiency, it is sometimes hard to explore the fun side of what we do. Business Analysis is an art and science, so why do we sometimes view the artistic side as having less merit? You needn’t be a clown to be playful.

This talk will look at tools of the playful analyst and how to work with resistance from the joyless stakeholder! You will leave with an understanding of why we need play and creativity, how it can improve the state of your facilitation and projects, and when play is probably not a good idea (disclaimer, there will be toys!)

     
Dr Mark Griffin    
Introduction to the methods used in Business Analytics
 
     
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  Dr Mark Griffin is the Founding Director of Insight Research Services Associated (www.insightrsa.com), and holds academic appointments at the University of Queensland and the University of Sydney. Mark serves on the Executive Committee for the Statistical Society of Australia and is the Founder and Co-Chair of the Special Interest Group for Business Analytics within the International Institute of Business Analysis. Mark is currently writing the materials for all of the courses in the brand new major in Business Analytics within the Bachelor of Advanced Business at the University of Queensland, and will start teaching within that program in Semester 1, 2020. Since the formation of Insight, he has presented over 90 two-day and 15 five-day workshops in statistics around Australia.

Evaluating data requires more than just basic techniques, such as, averages and bar graphs. Even though these techniques are efficient, they can also be misleading and only provide simplistic answers to the questions the data has been collected for. This session presents an overview of different analytics techniques. The aim of this session is not to teach the process of each technique but to introduce what is possible with analytics. Specifically, this webinar will include:
Methods for analytics

  • Statistics
  • Machine learning
  • Operations research

Types of analytics

  • Descriptive
  • Predictive
  • Prescriptive

 In this presentation Mark will also link this material with two recent IIBA publications

  • Introduction to Business Data Analytics – A Practitioners View
  • Introduction to Business Data Analytics – An Organizational View
     
Hugh Peterken    
The Time is Now - How Business Analysis helps create a better World
 
     
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  Hugh Peterken is the President of the International Institute of Business Analysis™ (IIBA®) Australia Chapter. He is an experienced business leader who actively promotes business analysis for improving business performance. He has 20 years’ experience in senior and executive management roles and is internationally recognised as an expert in information technology and business process.
Hugh started his career as an electronics engineer, working in the UK and in Australia for Telstra.

After 20 years of engineering experience he moved into information technology as Chief Information Officer for The International Red Cross based in Geneva. Back in Australia he was the Chief Information Officer for the largest health service in Queensland before transitioning to consulting, with a focus on business analysis.

Hugh has a track record of delivering business success through technology. He is a strong advocate for the business analysis profession, both as President of IIBA Australia Chapter and through his strong industry network.

“The Time is Now - How Business Analysis helps create a better World”
 
The profession of business analysis is having its moment in the sun. We are very much in demand with one of the highest number of professional vacancies in Australia. Our methods and tools are showing great relevance in this age of technology and data.
 
The question we should be asking is how do we continue this success? What do we need to do to ensure that we maintain and enhance our relevance? Most importantly, how do we use this juncture to mouldthe world around us into a better place?
 
The presentation unpacks key themes to identify the broad relevance of business analysis techniques and mindset. Through strong audience participation, the topic will be developed through to actionable tasks that are relevant to every business analyst.

     
Chitra Manoj    
Emotional Intelligence for BA
 
     
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  Chitra Manoj, CBAP®, CSPO®, CSM® is a passionate Senior Business Analyst and an accredited Master NLP Coach and Practitioner with over 17 years of experience in the financial services domain. Her experience includes working with large financial services organisations on complex transformation projects in various countries with diverse teams. She believes in contributing and adding value to the Business Analyst community and is an advocate of IIBA. Chitra has shared her most valuable lessons learnt while working on critical projects on BA times.

Chitra believes in continuous improvement and strives to be a trusted advisor to her peers and business stakeholders. She values positive working relationships that enables her to make an impact. She is passionate about increasing awareness on emotional intelligence to help people achieve professional and personal success.

Importance of having a positive mindset for BA's - To foster building positive relationships with stakeholders and to strive to work towards being a trusted advisor

     
Mark G Atkins    
The Numbers Game
 
     
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  Mark Atkins a co-founder of a successful business consulting company called Intraversed that specialises in helping business leaders of medium and large organisations achieve better business performance through quality information.
He's best known for simplifying complex information landscapes and saving floundering projects. A former Chief Data Architect for Telstra, he has over 30 years of experience working across several countries, including the UK, USA, and Australia, with: major corporate brands, like Optus, Exxon/Mobil, Teradata, Bank of New York, IAG and QBE; universities and government agencies like Macquarie and the NSW Dept. of Education.
Mark has held executive positions with DAMA Australia and DAMA Sydney. He has guest lectured on Information Management and Data Warehousing at the ARCS Scientist Congress and to undergraduate and post graduate students at the University of New South Wales.
He is the co-author of "The Numbers Game - A business leader’s guide to fighting spiralling costs and conflicting metrics by getting reliable information for making decisions that count", due to be published early 2020.

We are living in an age where disruptive innovation is fueled by advances in digital technology. This puts business leaders under enormous pressure to ensure their organisations not only survive but to find opportunities to stand out against the competition. And the risk of disruption is increasing now that competition can emerge from businesses that have limited capital but compelling market appeal and innovative business models for their digital products. Then there are threats from new legislation, regulatory bodies, environmental pressures, and generally from a rapidly changing landscape.
 
Business leader rely on timely and trustworthy information to make decisions in order to navigate this landscape of opportunities and threats. Mid and large organisations are challenged to become more dynamic, and to remain profitable, usually by reducing direct cost. Meanwhile, new technologies like big data, data lakes, artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) are pitched with promises to provide better market insight or improve productivity, but with high price tags and arguably limited proof of ROI.
 
The race to adopt these new technologies, often means they’re implemented without the necessary foundation, which is like building a house of cards. And the issues around maintaining the foundation of information management that is needed for business-as-usual reporting get ignored, undervalued, or even hidden by the organisation as a whole. This means that leaders have to rely on conflicting numbers and either accept that they are at high risk of regulatory non-compliance or expend excessive resource on risk mitigation strategies.
 
In this session I present a methodology to improve the foundation for information management and the quality of the numbers that are relied on, whilst building opportunities for internal innovation and awareness of the internal issues and struggles that must be addressed to ensure organisations are on their best footing to compete.

     
Glenn Smyth    
Business Capability Models – Where Architecture and Business Analysis Meet
 
     
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  Glenn is celebrating his thirtieth third year in the IT industry. At various times, he has worked in nearly all areas of IT from programming and Database Administration through Program Management and IT architecture before settling as an Enterprise Architect. Glenn is director and principal architect at multi-0award winning Fragile to Agile, a dedicated Enterprise Architecture practice launched in 2009, whose clients include Macquarie Bank, Hills Industries, ME Bank, Internode, BAE Systems, SA Health, HAMBS, SA Power Networks, ElectraNet, Teachers Health Fund, IP Australia, Dept. Premier and Cabinet SA and ACTEW/AGL. An independent contractor/consultant his whole career before launching Fragile to Agile, with typical Irish wanderlust Glenn has worked at more than 30 organisations on three continents, before finally settling for good in Adelaide.

We are living in an age where disruptive innovation is fueled by advances in digital technology. This puts business leaders under enormous pressure to ensure their organisations not only survive but to find opportunities to stand out against the competition. And the risk of disruption is increasing now that competition can emerge from businesses that have limited capital but compelling market appeal and innovative business models for their digital products. Then there are threats from new legislation, regulatory bodies, environmental pressures, and generally from a rapidly changing landscape.
 
Business leader rely on timely and trustworthy information to make decisions in order to navigate this landscape of opportunities and threats. Mid and large organisations are challenged to become more dynamic, and to remain profitable, usually by reducing direct cost. Meanwhile, new technologies like big data, data lakes, artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) are pitched with promises to provide better market insight or improve productivity, but with high price tags and arguably limited proof of ROI.
 
The race to adopt these new technologies, often means they’re implemented without the necessary foundation, which is like building a house of cards. And the issues around maintaining the foundation of information management that is needed for business-as-usual reporting get ignored, undervalued, or even hidden by the organisation as a whole. This means that leaders have to rely on conflicting numbers and either accept that they are at high risk of regulatory non-compliance or expend excessive resource on risk mitigation strategies.
 
In this session I present a methodology to improve the foundation for information management and the quality of the numbers that are relied on, whilst building opportunities for internal innovation and awareness of the internal issues and struggles that must be addressed to ensure organisations are on their best footing to compete.

     
Derek Lynch    
Applying Principles of Agile to Data Analysis (Science)
 
     
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  A multi-faceted ICT Business and Data Analyst with broad experience in data analytics, business intelligence reporting, financial analysis, project management, stakeholder management, human-centred project design (HCD), consulting, market research and strategic initiatives.

Highly numerate with excellent communication skills and a track record for delivering quality work within both PRINCE2 and Agile environments.

The theme for this presentation is related to capability growth and trends in technology & how Agile mindset will support Data Analysis.
 “Applying Principles of Agile to Data Analysis (Science)” explores the correlation with Data Analysis under the below Agile principles,
1.       See the Whole
2.       Think As A Customer
3.       Analyse to Determine What is Valuable
4.       Get Real Using Example (Data Story telling)
5.       Stimulate Collaboration and Continuous improvement
6.       Understand what is doable (Evidence Based Decision Making)
7.       Avoid Waste (Using Data’s Power to help increase outcome with minimum output
 
Target Audience:
 Agile Practitioners & Business Data Analytics enthusiast (other)
 
Learning for Audience:
 As a broad definition, from this session audience will understand how Agile’s specific mindset, competencies, and procedures are applied to perform continuous exploration, iteration, and investigation of past and current business data for the purposes of obtaining insights about a business that can lead to improved evidence based decision-making.

     
Sam Pluck    
Keeping pace in complexity – future toolkits
 
     
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  Sam has led analysis and architecture teams for the last decade. He strives to create an environment for analysis which empowers the analysts. Sam will forever be experimenting with each framework and method he encounters whilst continuing to learn anything possible about systems and complexity sciences. 

Sam has established four analysis and improvement practices, set up design and analysis for many major programs, and is frequently involved in project rescue missions. He is motivated to embed analysis practice in a way which is sustainable, deeply integrated into an organization, and delivering impactful and lasting change.  

We accept that the pace of change is quickening, and complexity is increasing. We’re observing more and more projects struggling to get analysis to keep pace or to reach a conclusion. We can’t always afford the resources which would be required to do this with the most common tools and techniques. We will share what we see as the greatest areas of focus for the further development of Business Analysis Practice. 
 

     
Chale  Dodge    
Analysis Paralysis - moving forward to be a better BA 
 
     
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  Experienced Business Analyst with proven success providing high-level project management, administration, business and IT systems development and support. With excellent interpersonal skills, I am a collaborative team player with the ability to build effective relationships at all levels. With strong communication skills; and experience preparing recommendations, project plans and reports, I have proven success within multiple environments.
 
I am a strong change agent with previous experience working on new technology implementations to provide advice and support to achieve desired technological change. I am organised with the ability to coordinate project tasks and work collaboratively with internal and external (including Vendors) teams to achieve smooth implementations. With a positive, proactive ‘can do’ attitude and a strong desire to succeed, I am a fast thinker and passionate learner, who is confident working to tight deadlines. I am equally comfortable working autonomously or as part of a team; and have successfully trained and mentored new team members.

Workshop to take attendees through blockers of BA success. Real-time feedback from peers and engagement in the room.
 
Facilitated by an experienced BA.​