Saratoga and the IIBA host a successful Professional Development Day

Saratoga has a strong connection with the IIBA and at the beginning of the year a number of our staff signed up as IIBA-SA volunteers. These volunteers have since worked towards contributing to advancing the business analysis profession by uniting a community of professionals in Cape Town.

The IIBA Professional Day on 26 October 2016 was one of the first of many business analysis initiatives in Cape Town, and was proudly sponsored by Saratoga.

For Kudakwashe Kandemirri, Analyst at Saratoga, it was a valuable experience being involved with the planning of the event and attending the event. “Organising this event was a daunting task at first, but quickly turned into a wonderful networking opportunity for Saratoga as leaders in Business Analysis. Three workshops and a presentation later, I walked out with a healthier understanding of the strategic nature of business analysis”.

Event attendee and Consultant at Saratoga, Inga Davids found the event engaging and educational. “IIBA-SA keeps stepping it up and definitely delivered a great event that encompassed soft skills, valuable techniques and an interactive day to connect with peers and share experiences.”

Highlights from the event

  • Connecting with peers from different industries
  • Discussing challenges faced by Business Analysts and understanding that business analysts are leaders.
  • Getting schooled in the art of squiggly people by Dr Penny Pullan – (something to go Google).

Key Insights and lessons from the event

  • The talk on anxiety in the work place stimulated valuable engagement with industry peers on relevant issues such as how BA’s can still excel in challenging work conditions.
  • As a Business Analyst, you need to realise that you are a leader, it does not matter the size of your project. Inspire the people you interact with and have confidence in yourself.
  • When in doubt draw it out in pictures – it’s sometimes easier to bring the context, problem, timelines or solution across to stakeholders in pictures rather than just words and process maps.

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Saratoga volunteers and attendees at the Professional Development Day 

Events such as the Professional Development Day are imperative for any Business Analyst. Sharing Business Analysis knowledge and experiences provides the opportunity to learn new and better ways to manage daily task and also encourages personal and professional development.

Thank you to the IIBA and the Saratoga staff for a memorable event.