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. Adrian is a past President of the UK chapter of the IIBA and he speaks internationally on topics relating to Business Analysis and business change. You can read Adrian's blog at http://www.adrianreed.co.uk.
Angela Wick is the Founder & CEO of BA-Squared, LLC a training and consulting company that helps modernize requirements practices. With over 20 years’ experience she helps BAs, Product Owners, PMs, and teams develop the skills they need to inspire collaboration, creativity and innovation. Angela is passionate about helping traditional and agile teams build great products with great product and solution requirements practices. Angela contributes to industry thought leadership in the following ways:
IIBA BABOK v3 Core Team, leading author on the BABOK v3, published April 15, 2015
PMI BA Practice Guide – Expert Reviewer, provided feedback to authors
PMI Requirements Management Practice Guide – Expert Reviewer, provided feedback to authors
IIBA Competency Model – Lead Author and Team Lead
IIBA CBAP Exam Item Writer – On team of authors of exam questions
Bob is a life long learner and has been in the BA space for more than 20 years... back before the term BA was used. His experience stems from work at a fortune 50 company for 18 years, several experiences with non-profit organizations and boards, start up companies and for the last 9 years with CROPP Cooperative (Organic Valley).
I work with all levels of the organization to optimize your business to respond to change. I am passionate about moving organizations and people closer to agility. My passion for training led me to the public speaking realm. I’m passionate about speaking on any topic that contributes to improvements surrounding organizational structure/behavior/effectiveness, modern management, agility, Scrum, Kanban, team dynamics.
Dave Saboe is a Program Business Analyst, Agile Coach, blogger, and Podcaster. He is passionate about helping project teams and Business Analysts improve their skills and achieve top performance. Dave has been in the Business Analysis and Project Management field over 20 years and has managed teams of Business Analysts. Dave earned his Certified Business Analysis Professional (CBAP®) and Project Management Professional (PMP®) designations and is a Certified ScrumMaster® (CSM) and Agile Coach.
Elizabeth Larson is CEO of Watermark Learning and has over 30 years of practical project experience. Elizabeth has presented at national and international conferences on five continents. Elizabeth has co-authored 5 books, chapters published in four other books, and numerous articles for BA and Project Times. Elizabeth was a lead author on the BABOK, the PMBOK, and the PMI BA Practice Guide. Elizabeth enjoys traveling, hiking, reading, theater, and spending time with her 6 grandsons.
Hans Eckman provides leadership for rapidly changing companies by creating team optimization solutions across diverse industries. He recently served as Group Vice President at SunTrust where he helped develop programs and products that drove innovation, process improvement and quality teammate engagement across the enterprise. Hans co-founded the SunTrust Business Analyst Center of Excellence, and has presented internationally at conferences and for professional organizations.
Jennifer (Jen) Kalz is a highly accomplished Senior Business Analyst and Agile Coach at Skyline Technologies, a world-class IT firm. She is a Certified Business Analysis Profession (CBAP) a Certified Usability Analyst (CUA) and a Certified Scrum Master (CSM) with over 15 years of IT experience in business analysis, Six Sigma, human factors, & quality assurance. Jen is passionate about advancing the use of Agile in the IT industry by showing the value Business Analysts bring to a scrum team.
Joe is a senior business analyst and project manager at UW Madison Division of Information Technology (DoIT) since 2004. He improved DoIT’s effectiveness in project management, business analysis, and testing. He continues to mentor and support campus staff interested in a career in business analysis and project management. Joe serves as a pathfinder, helping teams to identify the problem they face, to imagine a better future, and to find an appropriate pathway to that future.
Julie Henszey, owner of Next Step Goals, delivers training and executive coaching that drives business success through talent development. She is widely recognized as an expert in personal performance. Her solo travel to Tanzania to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro and a goal to complete 100 sprint triathlons demonstrate her commitment to growth as she helps others explore their own potential. Julie is credentialed through the Intl Coach Federation and serves as an adjunct instructor at UW Milwaukee.
Kitty is the leading expert in Strategic Business Analysis and Complex Project Management. She has written nine books, dozens of influential articles, and given lectures at corporations throughout the world. She is a professor of Strategic PM and BA Practices at Villanova University and a keynote speaker at conferences around the world.
As a founding vice president of Stephen R. Covey’s organization (The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People and Principle-Centered Leadership), I helped develop and launch the Seven Habits Organizer and The First Things First Program, as well as deliver dozens of three- to five-day executive seminars on Principle-Centered Leadership and The Seven Habits. I've worked with dozens of companies of the Fortune 500, such as The Coca-Cola Company, US West, Abbott Pharmaceuticals, as well as Silicon Valley start-ups and major non-profits, including the YMCA of the USA and the Girl Scouts, bringing together insights drawn from the fields of education, psychology, theater, and business.
Most recently situated in Wisconsin, I have presented keynotes and workshops for Alliant Energy, United Vaccines, Flambeau, APIC (Supply Chain Management), WIBADD (Wisconsin Business Analysts Development Day), as well as state education organizations, including: WASB (Wisconsin Association of School Boards); WASBO (Wisconsin Association of School Business Officials); and WIRSA (Wisconsin Rural Schools Association). Currently I also serve as an elected official both as a member of the School Board of Baraboo, WI and as a Sauk County Supervisor (District #15). As such, I've consulted with and provided workshops for SCIL (Sauk Institute of Leadership) as well as adjunct faculty to Madison Area Technical College’s Business & Industry Services, Civic Leadership Foundation, and President & CEO of VisionQuest International (http://www.visionquestinternational.org/), a non-profit focusing on the development of “ethical leadership” in educational, governmental, and business settings. Finally as consultant to the Leadership Center at Morehouse College and co-facilitator of its Public Leadership Initiative, which applies “the ethical leadership model” to today’s social, economic, political, and cultural challenges.
Equally important to the work in the corporate, educational, and non-profit worlds, is service as a member of the board of the Howard Thurman Educational Trust, now housed at Morehouse College in Atlanta. Invited to serve by Sue Bailey Thurman, I joined my father Carl Vedro, moving the family's 45-year friendship into a new generation. Two projects I am most proud of are the creation of the Thurman/Gandhi Celebration conducted each year at the Ferry Building in San Francisco honoring the meeting of the Thurman's and Gandhi in 1936, and the ten year "'Freedom Now' Mural Tour" which traveled the country from coast-to-coast exhibiting the Robert Witt Ames mural now permanently housed at the DuSable Museum of African American History in Chicago.
President and Founder of Watermark Learning, Richard Larson is a successful entrepreneur with over 35 years of experience in business analysis, project management, training, and consulting.
Rich has contributed to every version of the BA Body of Knowledge and was a lead author for v3.0. Rich was a lead author for the PMI BA Practice Guide, and the PM Body of Knowledge, 4th edition. He and his wife Elizabeth Larson have co-authored five books.
Robin Goldsmith, JD is author of Discovering REAL Business Requirements for Software Project Success, forthcoming book Cut Creep--Discover REAL Requirement for Agile and ATDD Projects, articles and presentations, and the Proactive Testing, Proactive SQA, and REAL ROI methodologies. A subject expert on requirements and testing for TechTarget’s SearchSoftwareQuality.com and a subject expert and reviewer for the IIBA BABOK v2, Robin works directly with and trains business and systems professionals
Industry expert Roxanne Miller has been consulting on requirements management practices for over 20 years. She is an international contributor, speaker, author, coach, and mentor in the Business Analyst community. Her book, The Quest for Software Requirements, is an in-depth reference guide with over 2,000 elicitation questions and a tested framework for mastering nonfunctional requirements and stakeholder profiling. Roxanne is an MIS graduate from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
Tomette Kirk serves is the VP of Education and Certification for Southeast WI IIBA Chapter. She is a Resource Manager of BAs/BCs for Humana IT BA Competency Center. Tomette earned her CBAP designation in July 2009, the first in the greater Milwaukee area, eighth in Wisconsin. She is passionate about Business Analysis and the value it brings to a project and a company. She actively teaches and mentors BAs in the industry on BABOK 3.0 to build a resume and align with the Six Knowledge Areas.