Speakers - Building Business Capability

The speakers

Adrian Reed
Principal Consultant
Adrian Reed

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. He is Immediate 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.ukand follow him on Twitter at http://twitter.com/UKAdrianReed

Alec Sharp
Senior Consultant
Alec Sharp

With over 35 years of consulting experience, Alec Sharp has provided business analysis and business change expertise around the world. He has also delivered hundreds of top-rated presentations at international conferences, always based on real-life experience. These include “Analyst or Stenographer?,” “Days not Weeks or Months – Process Change in Agile Timeframes,” “The Human Side of Data Modelling,” and “Agile and Modelling – What Works, What Doesn’t.” His book “Workflow Modelling” is a consistent best seller in the Business Process Change field, and is widely used as an MBA text and consulting guide. He was awarded DAMA’s Professional Achievement Award, a global award given to one professional a year for contributions to the Data Management profession.

Alfred Maeso
Lead Expert in BA, Change Management & PPM
Alfred Maeso

Alfred has over 15 years’ experience in leading IT projects and IT services for a variety of different organizations and public administration. He is passionate about learning, disseminating knowledge and firmly believes in the Agile Manifesto value of individuals and interactions over processes and tools. As a business analysis, change management, IT management and project management instructor and mentor for Netmind, Alfred is able to combine his love for learning with management responsibilities in IT consulting.Alfred holds a degree in Telecommunications Engineering and is certified as a Certified Business Analysis Professional (CBAP), Project Management Professional (PMP), PRINCE2, MSP, MoP and ITIL Approved Trainer.

Ali Cox
Senior Instructor
Ali Cox

Alison (Ali) Cox has experience since the mid-1980s in various areas, including business analysis, project methodology development and training, systems development (mainframe, client-server, and web), and telecommunications management. Alison began her career in the financial services area, and then moved into systems development for accounting systems. She has provided consulting and training in agile, business analysis and project management for small companies to Fortune 500 corporations worldwide and speaks Spanish fluently.

Alison is also a partner of TEMSS (Telecommunications Efficiency Management Strategies and Services), which provides telecommunications efficiency auditing and billing analysis services to clients in all areas of business across the United States. She completed her Master of Business Administration in MIS and Accounting from the University of Georgia.

Angela Wick
CEO
Angela Wick

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.

Find out how Angela can help you at www.BA-Squared.com and get free requirements tips and trends by following Angela on [email protected]

Brian Watson CBAP
Agile Coach
Brian Watson CBAP

Brian is an Agile Coach/Trainer at Brain Train, LLC with more than 20 years of experience in software development and 14+ years practicing agile. Brian has supported enterprise clients across multiple industries including: government, insurance, utilities, consulting services, financial services and manufacturing. Previously Brian was a PMO and Director of Project Delivery for a regional consulting company and VP of Professional Services at VersionOne. He has spoken at a number of conferences including: Better Software West, Cincinnati Day of Agile, Path to Agility, Agile Day Atlanta, Keep Austin Agile and Central Ohio PMI Professional Development Day. Brian is a President of the Columbus Chapter of the IIBA. He has a Masters of Education from Purdue University. When not coaching, Brian enjoys golfing and drinking craft beer.

Cort Coghill
Director of Education Operations
Cort Coghill

Dr. Cort Coghill is the director for education operations at the FEAC Institute. In this role, he works with hundreds of enterprise architects every year helping them to help solve a broad variety of problems facing their enterprises. He speaks at different conferences and classrooms around the world every year. His experience includes prior service in the United States Navy, United States Civil Service and as Senior Researcher and Program Manager for the Battelle Memorial Institute. He is passionate about education and research in the field of enterprise architecture and systems engineering. His dynamic speaking style and engagement with audiences helps to make material and the learning experience accessible to his audience.

Curtis Michelson
Founder and Principal
Minds Alert
Curtis Michelson

Curtis is a business architect and creative consultant with expertise in publishing, media and higher education. For over 15 years, he has served both enterprises and startups with digital, agile and strategic business change and transformation. In 2012, he launched Minds Alert, a design agency based in Orlando, FL serving clients globally. He co-created the Discovery Leadership framework in 2017 and today offers product management and business model innovation workshops for organizations of all sizes.

Dora Boussias
Sr. Enterprise Architect, Information Management & Architecture (EIM/EIA)
Dora Boussias

Dora Boussias is a strategic thought leader, passionate about organizational transformation towards data-driven/data-informed culture, with extensive implementation expertise in Enterprise Information Management (EIM) and Enterprise/Solution Architecture (EA). She brings high energy and enthusiasm for her work; leading with business context, leverages technology and architecture best practices to drive actionable insights fueled by high quality, relevant and timely data, on solutions that balance strategic direction with pragmatic needs.

Currently and throughout most her career in leadership roles of enterprise-wide reach, Dora has had the opportunity to make an impact with her work at global organizations such as Stryker, GE Capital, and Prudential. Her 20+ year career includes exposure to Financial Services, Healthcare/Medical Technology, and Retail.

Gary Rush
CEO
Gary Rush

Gary Rush, IAF Certified™ Professional Facilitator (CPF), is Founder & CEO of MGR Consulting. Over the past 30+ years he has been a leading Group Facilitator and Facilitator Trainer. He is the only person, still working, to create his own facilitation techniques – FAST revolutionizing it with FoCuSeD™ – a unique approach to structured facilitation transforming the facilitation industry. He has trained thousands of people from more than 18 countries, and has delivered his structured facilitation class in 8 countries within North America, Europe, Asia, and Africa. His students have gone on to become CEOs and CIOs, crediting their success to the people and process skills gained in his facilitator training classes. He has written “how to” books covering facilitation, data modeling, etc.

Gladys S.W. Lam
Principal & Co-Founder
Gladys S.W. Lam

Gladys S.W. Lam is a world-renowned authority on applied business rule techniques. She is Principal and Co-Founder of Business Rule Solutions, LLC (BRSolutions.com), the most recognized company world-wide for business rules and decision analysis. BRS provides methodology, publications, consulting services, and training. Ms. Lam is Co-Creator of Proteus®, the BRS methodology. She is Co-Founder of BRCommunity.com, a vertical community for professionals and home of Business Rules Journal. She co-authored Building Business Solutions, an IIBA® sponsored handbook on business analysis with business rules
Ms. Lam is widely known for her lively, pragmatic style. She speaks internationally at conferences and other professional events. She co-presents public seminars through AttainingEdge. She is also Executive Director of Building Business Capability (BBC) Conference, which includes the Business Rules Forum and the Business Analysis Forum.
Ms. Lam is most recognized for her ability to identify the source of business issues, and for her effectiveness in developing pragmatic approaches to resolve them. She has gained a world-class reputation for fostering positive professional relationships with principals and support staff in projects.

James Taylor
CEO
James Taylor

James Taylor is the CEO of Decision Management Solutions and is a leading expert in how to use business rules and analytic technology to build decision management systems. He is passionate about using decision management systems to help companies improve decision-making and develop an agile, analytic and adaptive business. He provides strategic consulting to companies of all sizes, working with clients in all sectors to adopt decision-making technology. James is an expert member of the International Institute for Analytics and is the author of multiple books and articles on decision management, decision modeling, predictive analytics and business rules, and writes a regular blog at JT on EDM. James also delivers webinars, workshops and training. He is a regular keynote speaker at conferences around the world.

Jamie Champagne
Overly Passionate Business Analyst
Jamie Champagne

Jamie is beyond her “passionate BA” title and truly embodies business analysis and adding value to those around her everyday. An accomplished speaker and trainer, she enjoys sharing with others ways to improve their analysis skill sets, unique ways to look at the world and how to be more accomplished with measurable results. Her company Champagne Collaborations allows her to partner with growing organizations and amazing entrepreneurs to collaborate and bring powerful insight to allow teams to be wildly successful. A strong background that has leveraged her past work experience in information technology, business analysis, project management, process improvement and knowledge management has allowed her to work across industries with organizations around the world. When she’s not collaborating with her business partners, you can find her collaborating with her friends and family on the Hawaiian waters on a surfboard.

Jan Vanthienen
Professor
Jan Vanthienen

Jan Vanthienen is professor of information management at the Business Information Systems Group of KU Leuven (Belgium), where he is teaching and researching on business rules, processes and decisions. The area of business rules modeling, validation and verification, and decision modeling in the context of business process modeling has been his major area of research and expertise for many years. He is a regular speaker at BBC, where his nickname seems to be: not (just) the decision table guy.

Jared Gorai, CBAP
Director, Regions & Chapters
Jared Gorai, CBAP

Jared loves being a Business Analyst and has done so in title for over 15 years with over 25 years of business and leadership experience in both the retail and energy sectors. He is a strong advocate for IIBA, having served in various capacities with the Calgary IIBA Chapter as well as chairing the Volunteer Chapter Network. He brings his passion for business analysis and experience as a Chapter Leader to the role of Director of Regions and Chapters of IIBA.

He holds his Bachelor of Arts degree in French from the University of Calgary and the Certified Business Analysis Professional™ (CBAP®) designation. He will take any chance possible to evangelize business analysis and will talk your ear off about the role and the profession should you allow him to do so.

Jas Phul
CBAP, Director, IP and Product Development
Jas Phul

Jas Phul, CBAP, PMP, Cert. Agile PM is a seasoned professional whose career has spanned over 25 years of helping project teams and organizations reach their potential. As a Certified Business Analysis Professional® (CBAP®), a Project Management Professional® (PMP®), a Certified Agile Project Manager (Cert. APM®), and a Certified Change Management Expert (Prosci®), Jas leverages a unique combination of knowledge, skills and experience for each challenge. During his career, Jas has experienced a wide variety of industries as a Business Analyst, Project Manager, IT Software Development Manager, and Senior Management Consultant. 

Joanna Goodrick
Head of Business Architecture and Strategy
Joanna Goodrick

Joanna Goodrick (BA Hons, MSc, MBA) has led, shaped and influenced business architecture, strategy and business analysis in a wide variety of contexts for over a decade. Currently she heads up and leads Business Architecture at Cambridge Assessment, UK, the world’s largest provider of examinations to learners of all ages. Previously Joanna has worked in commercial, for-profit and international (Europe-based) industry sectors. She has led and formed business analysis, relationship management, project and portfolio management and is experienced in both enterprise and digital aspects of enterprise architecture and business change. Most recently, Joanna been working with aspects of agile product development and lifecycle management approaches and developing ways to establish these within complex, project-focused architectures and operating models.

John Zachman
CEO
John Zachman

John A. Zachman is the originator of the “Framework for Enterprise Architecture” (The Zachman Framework™) which has received broad acceptance around the world as an integrative framework, an ontology for descriptive representations for Enterprises.

Mr. Zachman is not only known for this work on Enterprise Architecture, but is also known for his early contributions to IBM’s Information Strategy methodology (Business Systems Planning) as well as to their Executive team planning techniques (Intensive Planning). He served IBM for 26 years, retiring in 1990 to devote his life to the science of Enterprise Architecture.

Mr. Zachman is the Founder and Chairman of his own education and consulting business, Zachman International®. He is also Founder of the Zachman Institute™, a nonprofit organization devoted to leveraging Zachman International’s vast network of professionals and resources to offer services to small businesses and nonprofit organizations as they prepare for and experience growth.

Mr. Zachman serves on the Executive Council for Information Management and Technology (ECIMT) of the United States Government Accountability Office (GAO) and on the Advisory Board of the Data Administration Management Association International (DAMAI) from whom he was awarded the 2002 Lifetime Achievement Award. He was awarded the 2009 Enterprise Architecture Professional Lifetime Achievement Award from the Center for Advancement of the Enterprise Architecture Profession as well as the 2004 Oakland University, Applied Technology in Business (ATIB), Award for IS Excellence and Innovation.

Mr. Zachman has been focusing on Enterprise Architecture since 1970 and has written extensively on the subject. He has facilitated innumerable executive team planning sessions. He travels nationally and internationally, teaching and consulting, and is a popular conference speaker, known for his motivating messages on Enterprise Architecture issues. He has spoken to many thousands of enterprise managers and information professionals on every continent.

In addition to his professional activities, Mr. Zachman serves on the Elder Council of the Church on the Way (First Foursquare Church of Van Nuys, California), the Board of Directors of Living Way Ministries, a radio and television ministry of the Church on the Way, the President’s Cabinet of The King’s University, the Board of Directors of the Los Angeles Citywide Children’s Christian Choir, the Board of Directors of Heavenworks, an international ministry to the French speaking world and on the Board of Directors of Native Hope International, a Los Angeles based ministry to the Native American people.

Prior to joining IBM, Mr. Zachman served as a line officer in the United States Navy and is a retired Commander in the U. S. Naval Reserve. He chaired a panel on “Planning, Development and Maintenance Tools and Methods Integration” for the U. S. National Institute of Standards and Technology. He holds a degree in Chemistry from Northwestern University, has taught at Tufts University, has served on the Board of Councilors for the School of Library and Information Management at the University of Southern California, as a Special Advisor to the School of Library and Information Management at Emporia State University, on the Advisory Council to the School of Library and Information Management at Dominican University and on the Advisory Board for the Data Resource Management Program at the University of Washington. He has been a Fellow for the College of Business Administration of the University of North Texas and currently is listed in Cambridge Who’s Who.

Kent McDonald
Product Person
Kent McDonald

Kent writes about and practices software product development. He has IT and product development experience in a variety of industries including financial services, health insurance, nonprofit, and automotive. Kent practices his craft as Content Curator at Agile Alliance and provides just in time resources for product owners and business analysts at KBP.media. When not writing or product managing, Kent is his family’s #ubersherpa, listens to jazz and podcasts (but not necessarily podcasts about jazz), and collects national parks.

Kevin Brennan
Chief Business Analyst
Straiteis Consulting
Kevin Brennan

Kevin Brennan is an executive and business analysis consultant who helps companies getting off the ground or undergoing major change create new business models, develop new products and services, and improve their business processes. After two decades of leadership in the business analysis profession, he knows how to define and execute clear strategies that deliver important changes with limited resources, and that the key to success in strategy is engaging the people who will have to execute it in its formation. Kevin helped to launch IIBA and the Canadian Federation of Library Associations (CFLA-FCAB), led the creation and development of the Guide to the Business Analysis Body of Knowledge (BABOK® Guide), and has written and spoken about business analysis on every continent (except Antarctica).

Kevin holds the CBAP, PMP, and Professional Scrum Master (PSM II) certifications. He is a cancer survivor and in his “spare time” chauffeurs his children to their after-school and weekend activities.

Laura Paton
Business Analysis Consultant
Laura Paton

Laura is a business analyst practitioner, trainer, coach and consultant who has acquired her business analysis experience and skills across a 30-year career. She is an industry leader who has led the development efforts for some of the most widely recognized business analysis standards in use today. She served as Chair and contributing author for:• The PMI Guide to Business Analysis (PMI 2018)• A Guide to the Business Analysis Body of Knowledge (BABOK® Guide) v3 (IIBA 2015)• Business Analysis for Practitioners: A Practice Guide (PMI 2015) Project Manager for:• BABOK® Guide v2 (2009)Laura served as the Head of Product Development for IIBA (2011-2014). Today she runs BA Academy, Inc. a training/consultant company based in Orlando, FL.

Liz Calder
Director & Principal BA
Liz Calder

Dr Liz Calder’s 20 year Business Analysis experience ranges from leading cross-functional and global teams in large organisations to being part of a small digital agency team, with clients from the science, life-science and education sectors. Whatever the environment she knows that what makes a project a success is the combination of good project practice and getting the best from the people in your project. She thrives on making sure that all stakeholders get the most out of a new system or website and uses insights from the fields of psychology & behavioural economics to push for the best outcomes for all involved. Liz is Director of Blue Raccoon Ltd, a Business Analysis consultancy, and blogs at her site blueraccoon.co.uk/articles. She is also IIBAUK Communities Director for the North and Scotland.

Matthew Winterbottom
Head of Social Listening & Analytics, Global Social Media Team
Matthew Winterbottom

Matt has 15 years’ experience within the Financial Services sector and has held roles across Operations, Software Delivery, Change Management and Customer Strategy. 

After several years as a Senior BA working on large transformation programmes, Matt moved to lead the UK Business Analysis practice of 200 BA’s dedicated to Transformation initiatives.  

From here Matt took up a  Global role leading the Group’s Transformation Frameworks and methodology, which included an organisational pivot to adopt more agile ways of working.
More recently Matt has moved to the Customer Strategy and Insight function leading the Group’s social listening activity with a focus on driving customer insight into the business to drive customer-focused change.

Milan Guenther
Partner
Milan Guenther

Milan is founding partner at Enterprise Design Associates, a global network of strategic designers working with enterprise ecosystems. He is the author of Intersection, a book introducing the Enterprise Design Framework for doing holistic design at scale. He’s worked with SAP, Boeing, Toyota, the OECD and the UN, as well as smaller organisations and scaling startups, and with Google for Startups helping successful companies to tackle key issues at scale using Enterprise Design Sprints. Milan is also one of the organizers of the Intersection Conference series. He has a mixed background in design, tech and business, and is teaching Enterprise Design at SciencesPo Paris.

Nicholas Selk
Head of Cisco Design Thinking
Nicholas Selk

Nic is passionate about helping Cisco create something new (big or small) that adds value to its customers. He is currently the head of Cisco Design Thinking at Cisco Systems. His prior roles include that of Chief Innovation Officer at Milani design and consulting in Zurich, Switzerland and Head of Strategic Innovation Engagements at Cisco Systems. His extensive experience in both front and back end of innovation coupled with a foundation on culture building from his HR background, brings a unique blend to supporting Cisco’s customer’s toughest challenges. In a additional to his client side work, he spent 7 years at an innovation software company consulting with many blue chip clients like: General Electric, Chevron, HP, Proctor & Gamble, Humana, American Express. Nic graduated from Florida Atlantic University with a double major in International Business & Marketing. He currently lives in Charleston, SC with his wife Sophie. When he’s not working, he enjoys playing golf and drinking brown water.

Pardeep Dhanda
Vice President - Business Analysis Practice and Agile Learning
Pardeep Dhanda

Pardeep is the Head of the Business Analysis Community of Practice and Agile Learning at Deutsche Bank. He is responsible for defining and rolling out the global Agile learning strategy for the organisation of approximately 100,000+ employees. He has over 19 years of experience in various technology delivery roles, and worked within regulated environments, including Financial Services, Telecommunications and Consultancy. Pardeep is the Communities Director for IIBA UK and specializes in multiple Agile frameworks, holding various certifications; CSPO (Scrum), CSM (Scrum), A-CSM (Scrum), SPC (Scaled Agile Framework), LeSS (Large Scale Scrum). He is also passionate about making Agile and Business Analysis education accessible to everyone.

Roger Burlton
Founder
Roger Burlton

Roger T Burlton is the co-founder of BPTrends Associates, founder of Process Renewal Group and the author of ‘Business Process Management: Profiting from Process’. He is considered an industry leader in the introduction of innovative approaches for organizational change. He is recognized internationally for his contributions in Business Process Management, Stakeholder Analysis, Strategic Architecture Alignment, Prototyping and people based Project Management Methodologies. He is regarded as a realistic practitioner, who delivers pragmatic solutions for his clients.

An exceptional speaker, he has chaired several high profile conferences on Advanced Business and Information Management around the world. To date, he has conducted over six hundred seminars and has presented to over forty thousand professionals. His seminars have been translated for diverse audiences around the globe.

Ronald G. Ross
Co-Founder & Principal
Ronald G. Ross

Ronald G. Ross serves as Executive Editor of www.BRCommunity.com and its flagship publication, Business Rules Journal. He is a sought-after speaker at conferences world-wide. He gives popular public seminars through AttainingEdge (www.AttainingEdge.com) and IRM-UK (www.IRMUK.co.uk).
Mr. Ross is recognized internationally as the “father of business rules.” He has served as Co-Chair of the annual Business Rules Forum Conference since 1997. He was a charter member of the Business Rules Group in the 1980s, and an editor of the two landmark BRG papers, The Business Motivation Model: Business Governance in a Volatile World and the Business Rules Manifesto. He is active in OMG standards development, with core involvement in SBVR.
Mr. Ross is Co-Founder of Business Rule Solutions, LLC (www.BRSolutions.com). At BRS, Mr. Ross co-develops Proteus®, its landmark business requirements methodology, including the popular RuleSpeak®. Mr. Ross is the author of eight professional books. His newest are: Business Rule Concepts (2009), a just-released 3rd edition of his popular, easy-to-read 1998 handbook, and Principles of the Business Rule Approach, Addison-Wesley (2003).

Roy Barnes
CEO
Roy Barnes

Roy Barnes is CEO of Blue Space Consulting, an Orlando-based firm focusing on helping for- and not-for-profit companies build competencies in leadership, execution strategy, customer engagement, team empowerment, and change management.

Roy brings twenty years of management at Marriott International with him to the podium. He connects with people because he speaks from passionate, in-the-trenches experience. His industry-leading work has been noted in several Harvard case studies as well as in best-selling books from Kaplan and Norton, and Peppers and Rogers among others. His performance excellence work resulted in Marriott being inducted into the Balanced Scorecard Hall of Fame.

Sasha Aganova
Managing Partner
Sasha Aganova

Sasha Aganova brings breakthrough results to the Business Process Management arena by integrating cultural development into the methodology. She is an expert in BPM and Continuous Improvement with over 15 years’ experience in leading large scale process improvement initiatives, establishing Business Process Management best practices and developing the overall process Architecture in various business environments and industries. Sasha has helped some of the largest Canadian and international companies to evaluate and implement BPM.

Scott Whitmire
Research Supervisor, System Architect
Scott Whitmire

Scott Whitmire has nearly 40 years as a software engineer, business architect, and enterprise architect. Scott has experience in retail, manufacturing, defense, healthcare, banking, and professional practice. Scott’s background in accounting and engineering led to an expertise in all things related to measurement. As an enterprise-level architect, Scott has study, practiced, and implemented business architectures that center on processes and customer experiences, and the measures to link them together. As part of that, he has counseled business leaders at all levels, as well as providing continuing education to practicing professionals.

Steven Stanton
Managing Partner
Steven Stanton

Steven Stanton is one of the pioneers of process innovation. His work is focused on improving the connections between processes, strategy, and governance and facilitating successful business transformation. In doing so, he has consistently assisted his clients in achieving significantly improved business performance.

Through his consulting, writing, and teaching, Mr. Stanton has participated in the development of many of the most innovative and valuable business ideas of the past ten years such as Reengineering and Process Management.
Mr. Stanton is the co-author, with Dr. Hammer, of the “Reengineering Revolution” (HarperBusiness) and the Harvard Business Review article “How Process Organizations Really Work”. In addition, he has published many articles on business transformation, and is a leading management thinker frequently cited by national publications.

Thomas Redman Ph.D.
President
Thomas Redman Ph.D.

Dr. Thomas C. Redman, “the Data Doc,” President of Data Quality Solutions, helps start-ups and multinationals; senior executives, Chief Data Officers, and leaders buried deep in their organizations, chart their courses to data-driven futures, with special emphasis on quality and analytics.  Tom’s most important article is “Data’s Credibility Problem” (Harvard Business Review, December 2013)   He has a Ph.D. in Statistics and two patents. 

Vince Mirabelli
Principal
Vince Mirabelli

Vincent Mirabelli is a leader in the fields of Business Process Improvement, Business Analysis and Lean Six Sigma, is a frequent speaker and workshop facilitator, and host of the podcast, “In Process”. A highly sought after speaker and instructor, Vince’s primary focus has been to share his knowledge and experience, helping businesses achieve optimal project and process outcomes. He is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP®), Certified Business Analysis Professional (CBAP®), Certified Customer Experience Professional (CCXP), and a Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt.