Business Analysis Conference, Las Vegas - Oct. 2020

Building Business Capability
October 19-23, 2020, at Caesars Forum, Las Vegas

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Building Business Capability is the only conference that provides insight into Business Analysis, Business Architecture, Business Process, Business Rules, Business Decisions, Business Strategy & Transformation, and Digital Innovation toward the pursuit of business excellence.

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Monday, Oct 19, 2020
Strategic Business Analysis: Your Practical BA Toolkit

Speakers:

Adrian Reed

Speakers:

Adrian Reed

Strategic Business Analysis: Your Practical BA Toolkit

Date:

Monday, Oct 19, 2020

Time:

9:00 am

Summary:

Too often, projects or change initiatives set off with a very specific solution in mind.  Perhaps an executive has fallen in love with a particular software package and can’t wait to see it implemented.  Yet if we don’t have a clear understanding of the underlying problem and strategic context in which we’re operating, there’s a real danger that we’ll deliver exactly what is asked of us… only to find it doesn’t achieve the organization’s goals. 

This is an area where strategic business analysis can help.  In this practical, hands-on session you will hear about a range of strategic BA techniques that have application throughout the business change lifecycle.  Whether you are working in an agile, waterfall or hybrid environment, these tools will be useful.

What Attendees Will Learn:

●     Practical techniques for understanding the ‘real’ underlying problems/root causes

●     An approach for defining the outcomes that organizations are aiming to achieve

●     A technique for understanding the external business environment

●     Tips for understanding stakeholder perspectives on change

You will take away a practical, applicable toolkit that you can use on your own projects.

Monday, Oct 19, 2020
Mindset Matters – How to Thrive in This New World!

Speakers:

Angela Wick

Speakers:

Angela Wick

Mindset Matters – How to Thrive in This New World!

Date:

Monday, Oct 19, 2020

Time:

9:00 am

Summary:

To succeed today you need a different mindset and approach to your work. Agile, Digital, Data and Security trends all call us to think differently, help change org cultures, and yes; we actually need to work differently!

This workshop will be an interactive experience to challenge your existing thought patterns and experiences and how you view your work and skills. You will experience activities that will challenge pre-existing norms, and help you see the future and your role differently. After each mind-bending activity, we will debrief on how the newly learned mindset is needed and used as we work with agile, digital, data and cybersecurity themes of projects.

Learning objectives:

  • Challenge preexisting thought patterns about how we need to work
  • Recognize new mindsets to shift to more agile, digital, data and cybersecurity themed projects
  •  Identify changes that need to be made in my work to modernize my behaviors

Come join a fun, interactive, collaborative session to explore what might be holding you back from rocking the future of work!

Monday, Oct 19, 2020
Competencies for the Digital Future

Competencies for the Digital Future

Date:

Monday, Oct 19, 2020

Time:

9:00 am

Summary:

Digital is rapidly transforming the nature of work across industries. Tomorrow’s organizations won’t have much need for paper-shufflers or button clickers. They’ll need agile talent who can adapt quickly to evolving technologies, customer needs, and business realities. They’ll need creative minds to solve the problems that computers cannot tackle. And they’ll need people with the emotional intelligence to collaborate and build sustainable relationships with colleagues, customers, and suppliers.

This tutorial focuses on the people and process skills needed for digital success, how attendees can cultivate them within their teams, and how to apply the skills to digital projects. Key competencies include creativity, strategic problem solving, communication and consultative skills, collaboration, change management, and the ability to translate between IT and the business. Conversations will emphasize ways to use mentoring, communities of practice, and other peer-based learning approaches to transfer in-demand skills in the flow of work.

What Attendees Will Learn:

  • Recognize the people and process skills most needed for digital success
  • Understand how peer-based learning techniques can help teams build these skills
  • Learn when and how the skills are best applied in the context of digital projects
Monday, Oct 19, 2020
The Core Concepts Of Business Architecture

The Core Concepts Of Business Architecture

Date:

Monday, Oct 19, 2020

Time:

9:00 am

Summary:

Business Architecture provides a strong foundation for business-wide transformation, digitization and optimization and is the basis for having an agile business. Given the inherent complexities, making the right choices in what to change is not simple. Avoiding duplication and sub-optimization means that all of the moving parts must be classified, well understood and inter-connected before change can confidently begin. Business Architecture subject areas are numerous. Processes and capabilities and other important domains are complex enough. Being able to find the interconnections among them is even more so. A well-formed Business Architecture can help untangle the confusion and deliver inherently adaptable solutions.

This session will introduce some of the critical elements needed.

  • Stakeholder Value Orientation
  • Business Concepts / Information models
  • Business Processes
  • Business Capabilities
  • Business Measurement
  • Change Prioritization
  • Process / Capability Alignment
Monday, Oct 19, 2020
Concept Modeling: Smarter Data Design and Much More

Concept Modeling: Smarter Data Design and Much More

Date:

Monday, Oct 19, 2020

Time:

9:00 am

Summary:

Based on Ron’s newly released book: Business Knowledge Blueprints: Enabling Your Data to Speak the Language of the Business

Data is central to virtually every aspect of business, digital or otherwise. Traditional data design techniques have proven inadequate to current challenges. And they are neither business-friendly nor business-analyst-friendly. The issue that nags at many professionals remains how to get at the deep knowledge in business people’s heads, and lay it out for validation and reference.

Business knowledge is more complicated – far richer – than most realize. It requires a blueprint, which must be engineered conceptually. Concept models provide the answer. And they are leading the way in addressing a host of digital-era-problems – all the way from standardizing vocabulary and eliminating silos to machine learning.

How do you create a concept model? What techniques do you need to know? This hands-on session will equip you for data design – and to engineer better business capabilities in ways you never knew possible. Come ready to dig in!

Learning Objectives:

  • What a concept model is and what it can be used for
  • How to use a concept model for standardizing business vocabulary
  • Why ambiguities arise in business communication and how they are resolved
  • How business analysts can lead the way in avoiding pitfalls in data design
  • How to use a concept model to achieve clarity and precision
Monday, Oct 19, 2020
Cybersecurity is Everyone’s Responsibility

Cybersecurity is Everyone’s Responsibility

Date:

Monday, Oct 19, 2020

Time:

1:30 pm

Summary:

Cybersecurity is no longer an IT problem to solve. Today, it’s a top priority for most business leaders, while customers expect companies to keep their information secure, and regulatory mandates increasingly add pressure to tighten controls.  And with a massive shortage or cybersecurity talent, organizations need everyone to take responsibility for cybersecurity.  We must think and act securely, bake security into designs, and become responsible stewards of risk, ensuring that cybersecurity solutions are value-driven benefits to business partners and customers. In this workshop, the presenters who are also the co-authors of the IIBA Cybersecurity Business Analysis Certification and exam writers will share strategies and methodologies to address this mammoth Cyber-world issues through tutorials, group discussions and exercises on real-life security incidents. You’ll learn to implement the key security components and take away approaches to implement today and in the ever-expanding new landscape.

What Attendees Will Learn:

  • A foundation in cybersecurity concepts
  • Practical skills to perform cybersecurity risk assessments
  • Analyse a real-life cybersecurity breach and addressing the issues, concepts and mitigation procedures
  • Applying industry standard cybersecurity frameworks
  • Enhancing your capabilities and contributions to digital solutions
Monday, Oct 19, 2020
Business Agility Fast Track – The Dynamically Adaptable Business

Business Agility Fast Track – The Dynamically Adaptable Business

Date:

Monday, Oct 19, 2020

Time:

1:30 pm

Summary:

Is your business looking for agility? To remain relevant and competitive in today’s  business environment, companies must be able to sense changes and adapt their behavior quickly. To achieve that goal I see 2 different main strategies:

  1. Small autonomous multidisciplinary teams, capable of fast solution development;
  2. Configurable business solutions, able to change without new development.

The second strategy is certain faster, cheaper and less risky.  It is,  unfortunately, not always available. A smart company should use both strategies, but keeping the focus of the teams on strategy 1 to deliver the solutions expected in strategy 2.

What Attendees Will Learn:

  • How you can increase business agility by configuring processes and rules.
  • How to create business knowledge bases during a requirement management process.
  • The key techniques to map business knowledge.
Monday, Oct 19, 2020
Essential Facilitation Skills

Speakers:

Gary Rush

Speakers:

Gary Rush

Essential Facilitation Skills

Date:

Monday, Oct 19, 2020

Time:

1:30 pm

Summary:

Regardless of your role at work, you often find yourself running meetings, eliciting information from clients and business partners, or planning a task or project. Because we all attend meetings and we all work with others to make decisions, solve problems, build out plans, etc., it is important to learn the Essential Facilitation Skills even if you are not looking to be a Facilitator.

The Essential Facilitation Skills:

They are (1) active listening, (2) awareness of others and their behavior, and (3) “how to” move others to consensus. Developing these will make you more effective when leading or participating in meetings as well as making decisions, solving problems, building plans, eliciting requirements, etc. These skills are also the core servant leader skills – the way of the future.

This session develops these skills through lesson and significant practice. Let’s explore the Essential Facilitation skills.

Upon completion, attendees will be able to:

  • Demonstrate “how to” Actively Listen.
  • Know “how to” identify attendee behavior and why it’s important
  • Know “how to” guide a group to consensus
  • Demonstrate “how to” prepare for and define an effective meeting
  • Know “how to” effectively run remote meetings.
Monday, Oct 19, 2020
Collaborative Games Workshop

Collaborative Games Workshop

Date:

Monday, Oct 19, 2020

Time:

1:30 pm

Summary:

Do you work on projects where it seems like you’re missing the mark with your external customers? Do your internal stakeholders think you lack a true understanding of their needs?

Getting to the real needs of the customer is never easy.  Accurately predicting what customers want, need, and will pay for is tough. Even if you ask them, they often can’t explain what they want.

Collaborative Games are a collection of collaboration frameworks that you can “play” with your colleagues and customers. Based on frameworks originated by Luke Hohmann, the goal is understanding the true needs of your customers.

The games themselves, while fun, are more than just play. Each game leverages deep principles of cognitive psychology and organizational behavior to uncover data that is difficult to uncover using traditional requirement elicitation. As you come to understand the power of these principles, your use of the games will improve, and you’ll find yourself able to discover even richer data.

What Attendees Will Learn:

  • Uncover unspoken needs and breakthrough opportunities
  • Clarify exactly how and when customers will use your product or service
  • Deliver the right new features, and make better strategy decisions
Monday, Oct 19, 2020
Learn How To Improve Business Processes In 3 Hours

Learn How To Improve Business Processes In 3 Hours

Date:

Monday, Oct 19, 2020

Time:

1:30 pm

Summary:

What happens when you automate a broken process? What happens when you implement a brand-new system where the old process will no longer work? In a manufacturing environment the result would be the same defects only faster!! In business it is not much different, except the cause of defects can be much harder to spot. Improving business processes is necessary whenever implementing any new technology or seeking to optimize and gain efficiency.

This session is designed primarily for practitioners who are starting their journey in process improvement, or those who are looking for a refresher and some new ideas.

In this session you will learn how to:

  • Identify if a business process is in need of improvement 
  • Understand and document existing processes
  • Develop a prioritized list of issues and potential areas of improvement 
  • Determine root causes and potential solutions
  • Synthesize the various solutions into a coherent improvement effort
  • Plan and implement the improvement effort
Monday, Oct 19, 2020
Enterprise Architecture

Enterprise Architecture

Date:

Monday, Oct 19, 2020

Time:

1:30 pm

Summary:

If someone asks those of us from the Information Technology community what we do for a living, we tend to say, “we build and run systems.”  We don’t say, “we Design Enterprises,’ that is, we don’t design the Enterprise, we build what the Enterprise wants us to build.  And, our resulting system(s) ARE the Enterprise.  ENTERPRISE DESIGN is the challenge for the future.  My 50 years of research into Enterprise Architecture establishes that Enterprise Design requires the identical architectural descriptions as required for designing ANY complex product (Airplanes, Buildings, Computers, etc., etc.).  There are 30 unique descriptive representations required for designing any object and further, these descriptions must be “designed for change” as CHANGE is the constant demand.

Learning Objectives:

  • The Nature of the 30 Descriptive representations required for designing Industrial Products
  • The Nature of the 30 Descriptive representations required for designing Enterprises
  • Seven Engineering Design Principles for Designing for Change
Monday, Oct 19, 2020
Enlighten Your BIG and Small Decisions Using Models and Tables

Enlighten Your BIG and Small Decisions Using Models and Tables

Date:

Monday, Oct 19, 2020

Time:

1:30 pm

Summary:

The rise of new data science techniques and applications for data-driven decision making is gaining increasing attention. But also the modeling and automation of the numerous small decisions the business has to take every day remains important. Decision modeling enables this decision transformation in the digital world. And it does so in a way which ensures correctness, consistency and compliance from the start.

With increasing demand for business process automation, the need for the automation of routine business decisions grows even more. In order to improve and speed up processes, also decisions have to be improved and automated. The business logic of those decisions must be captured effectively and correctly by the business. Decision table models offer unique features such as consistency, completeness, correctness.

This tutorial takes you from the secrets behind knowledge-based decision intelligence to decision table methodology, including best practices, examples and experiences, for modeling decision rules by domain experts in real business situations (insurance, finance, legislation, healthcare, operating procedures, …).

What Attendees Will Learn:

  • How to shape related decision rules into correct and agile decision tables
  • How to organize the full lifecycle of business decisions: from specification to execution and explanation
  • A simple 8 step method to construct decision tables in the DMN standard
  • How decision modeling can be used with, without, before or next to business process modeling
  • And mainly: lessons from a long experience on how to use decision table models for business analysis in numerous application domains

The Venue

The new Caesars Forum

Building Business Capability 2020 will be hosted at the new Caesars Forum from Monday, October 19 – Friday, October 23, 2020.

 

Caesars Forum
Las Vegas, NV

 

Website:
www.caesarsforum.com

 

ACCOMMODATION: Harrah’s Las Vegas

Book your accommodation here.

Harrah's Las Vegas Hotel & Casino, South Las Vegas Boulevard, Las Vegas, NV, USA

Have Questions?

Probably you find the answer(s) below!

  • When and where does the conference take place?

    Building Business Capability 2020 will be hosted at the new Caesars Forum in Las Vegas from Monday, October 19 – Friday, October 23, 2020. The venue is directly connected to the Harrah’s Las Vegas hotel by a covered walkway. Harrah’s has been completely renovated for the opening of the Forum.

  • Does BBC offer Professional Development Units (PDU’s)/Continuing Development Units (CDU’s) from IIBA?

    Yes, all education is approved for up to 28 CDU’s toward certification. Contact the IIBA to get more details: certification@iiba.org

  • What topics does the conference cover?

    Building Business Capability is the only conference that provides insight into Business Analysis, Business Architecture, Business Process, Business Rules, Business Decisions, and Business Strategy & Transformation toward the pursuit of business excellence. The conference does this through two full days of half-day tutorials, followed by two and a half days of conference.

     

    The agenda is extensive! So to enable you to navigate according to your interests and current challenges we’ve grouped the sessions into Tracks and Trails.

     

    The Tracks include: Rethinking Business Models, Designing the Adaptable Business, Business Analytics, Product Management, Analysis & Design, High-Impact Techniques, Leadership Skills, Getting Ahead, Enterprise BA Capability, Organizational Agility, Agile & DevOps, Practitioners Toolbox, AI & Bots, Digital Fluency.

     

    The key concepts of Business Rules and Decisions, Business Process, Business Architecture, and Agile Business Analysis run as Trails across all the Tracks.

     

    So whether you are a Business Analyst, Business Architect, Process Manager, or Data Professional you’ll find insight and inspiration to take back to your desk.

     

  • Are discounted tickets available?

    IIBA Members receive a discount on the ticket price.  Full details in the members’ area on the IIBA website.

  • How do I apply to speak at BBC?

    The call for speakers opens in late November / early December each year for the following year’s conference and runs until early March. Check back then and you’ll find a link to it on the home page.

  • Where can I get other questions answered?

    Questions about registration? See here or email: regsupport@risingmedia.com

    Questions about sponsoring? See here or email: pgillis@risingmedia.com

    Questions about speaking? See here or email: rglavina@risingmedia.com

    Questions about partnering to help promote BBC? Email: marketing@risingmedia.com

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