IBADD 2014 Breakout Sessions and Workshop Descriptions

So what does it mean to be a badass Business Analyst? Do you think you have what it takes to be a badass? Want to know for sure? Come join Bob the BA for both an entertaining and deeper look into what makes a badass BA.
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Explore how Business Analysts and Product Owners can reach beyond the traditional methods of gathering customer and product requirements, to reach a larger user community through data analytics.
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It is possible to scale agile for use on larger, complex IT software projects but many challenges need to be overcome. A key challenge is how to deal with requirements, which affect so many key business functions.
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This session looks at both “order taker” and “trusted advisor” roles and offers suggestions, tips, and advice on how to move into the “trusted advisor,” or influencer role over time.
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BAs work with people and people are complex. In many ways, emotional intelligence is more important than any other skill or knowledge area in a BA’s toolkit.
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This highly interactive and fun session focuses on key improvisation lessons that will help you be a more attentive and flexible Business Analyst, with lessons to help you stay in the present, temporarily suspend judgment, keep conversations moving forward and listen generously.
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In this hands-on, interactive workshop, learn the secrets to truly, undeniably, 100%, you can't argue it, collaborative meetings that will have your project team loving your meetings and walking away energized.
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Virtual meetings are the primary way professionals build trust, credibility, and collaborate to get the job done. Come learn a simple six principle leadership model that will boost your confidence when leading virtual meetings.
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Understand methods of scaling the Product Owner organization to meet the demands of a large, complex enterprise that has adopted agile delivery techniques.
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If you really want to do things better, faster, and cheaper, you just need to stop the insanity (i.e., doing things that are not appropriate for your situation). In this session, Kupe will guide you through ways to critically think about your projects and determine how to get started or how to move forward.
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Storytelling increases our capacity to influence because it connects with people emotionally and moves them to action. As human beings, we’re made for storytelling. Come learn how to increase your storytelling capability so that you can lead and inspire others.
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Much like successful therapists help their clients discover and overcome breakdowns in emotional and relationship processes, a successful Business Analyst helps business partners discover the business process breakdowns that hinder an organization. Come learn some basic therapist skills that will help make you the business therapist of your organization.
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