International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA®) is an independent non-profit professional association serving the growing field of Business Analysis.
The term Business Analyst (BA) is used to describe a person who practices the discipline of business analysis. A business analyst works as a liaison among stakeholders in order to elicit, analyze, communicate and validate requirements for changes to business processes, policies and information systems. The business analyst understands business problems and opportunities in the context of the requirements and recommends solutions that enable the organization to achieve its goals. The Business Analysis Body of Knowledge (BABOK) describes common activities, tasks and deliverables of the BA.
The mission of the Central Florida Chapter of the International Institute of Business Analysis is to further the business analysis profession in the Orlando area. We will accomplish this through:
- Regular meetings with subject matter experts as keynote speakers
- Educational sessions
- Formal training and mentoring
- Networking opportunities
Why Get Involved?
- To share with and learn from some of the best business analysts in town.
- To influence and contribute to the profession of business analysis.
- To advance your understanding of Business Analysis best practices.
- To position your career to address the business needs of organizations throughout the region.
- To understand the role of the Business Analyst and how best to deploy those skills within your organization.
- Prepare for CBAP certification.
The success of our chapter depends on the participation of our chapter members along with support from organizations who recognize the importance of the Business Analyst.
Getting Ready for 2015 Annual General Meeting
2015 is an important and exciting year for our chapter. We’re going to start with a bang! Our first meeting, which will be our Annual General Meeting, will set the stage for the year and will introduce new leaders and directors onto the team. Of course, this all depends on the annual ritual of our nominations and elections process (more on that below) which culminates in the installation of our new Board Officers on the 3rd Tuesday in January.
In addition to welcoming the new officers onto the Board and introducing them to the chapter, the January meeting also affords us a chance to hear from YOU, our members, about what issues, challenges and opportunities you're facing in the profession and where we can best support YOU.
The open Board positions up for re-election are*:
*Treasurer position is being vacated one year early, and will be filled via appointment by Board per current ByLaws
A Unique Year for Our Chapter
This year we have some IMPORTANT and UNIQUE information about our elections process. Things are a little different this year…
As many of you have heard and seen, the chapter is in the middle of a reboot. The chapter leadership has done a lot of elicitation – seeking member input. We’ve also done a fair amount of introspection, which has resulted in our new vision and mission statements and a revitalized sense of potential for the BA profession and the impact we can make in the Orlando area. This reboot work has also cast a very bright spotlight on some organizational gaps that must be filled in order to achieve our vision. Example include:
- Revising our outdated and sometimes irrelevant by-laws
- Implementing missing governance processes like a clear Policy Handbook
- Creating or improving key operational and service functions
All of these important pieces need to be adapted and changed. Here's the good news - we're BAs! We excel at helping organizations adapt and change! As an example of this, two months ago, the Board empowered a Governance Team task force and recruited Elizabeth Holubek, Principal Business Architect at Disney Resorts, to chair the team. The Governance Team has been hard at work and now recommends some new and somewhat different organizational structures. In terms of Board positions, they recommend redefining (and in some cases, eliminating) some Board roles while also establishing new Director and VP level responsibilities to secure key functions like Membership and Professional Services. Those roles would or will be appointed by the Board, instead of elected every two years.
Change – Incoming!
So how to do this, and when? It's a bit like fixing the engine of the plane in flight. We want to do this carefully, delicately, and most of all, transparently and with the engagement of our members.
This means two things: One, the upcoming elections are very important, as we will be choosing new leaders to refine and continue to execute our new governance structures. Two, anyone elected or appointed to a Board role this coming January (whether as Secretary, or Marketing or Membership) may likely find that midway through their term, the by-laws are amended by the members, and their Board role is adapted, changed or eliminated. If you're comfortable with this, and perhaps even inspired (as we are) by this opportunity to rebuild the chapter and put it on strong footing for years to come, then please sign up and join us on the team. No matter what role you are in, it’s going to be an exciting time with unique opportunities to shape the future of the chapter!
Now for some logistics. The elections process will unfold as follows:
Nominations Team (Chaired by Curtis Michelson) formed - 12/10/14
Candidate Interviews completed - 12/16/14
Slate of Candidates forwarded to Board - 12/18/14
Elections Open - 1/5/14
Elections Closed - 1/19/14
January installment of new team - 1/20/14
Phew! If you’ve managed to read all the way through the above, then you are already a prime candidate for future office or leadership role in the chapter. Contact us and let us know your interest.