BA Horror Stories Podcast: Episode 01 Facilitating Requirements Workshops

written by: Admin on February 1st, 2016

Listener Advisory: The issues discussed in this show may be too disturbing for the novice analyst.

Whether it’s constantly changing business requirements, or poor communication between team members, the business analyst is apt to run into terrifying issues in an organization.

Check out ASPE’s new podcast series, BA Horror Stories, hosted by ASPE President, David Mantica, and co-host Rob Snowden, a seasoned Business Analyst professional and ASPE instructor. Branching from the topics defined in the BA Masterclass Series, this 20 episode series podcast will examine various pitfalls and issues experienced by today’s real business analysts. Prepare to hear terrifying stories of requirements, definitions, use cases and much more.

This week’s episode discusses how to better facilitate requirements workshops and what problems you may face as a facilitator. Rob Snowden also shares some excellent advice on how to ensure collaboration of the entire group as well as how to manage conflict.

Have a listen and tune in next week for Episode 02: Organization Fundamentals for Busy BAs.

What kind of horror stories have you experienced as a BA? Tweet us @ASPE-SDLC   #BAMaster.


Web Seminar Recap: Project Management: Transitioning from Analysis to Implementation to Release

written by: Admin on February 8th, 2016

Software Development Life Cycle best practices are spread out amongst different areas of professional knowledge. As a project manager, are you able to understand how a project moves from business analysis, to implementation, to release? What are some of the most common gaps and pitfalls? And, how can we avoid them?

These questions were answered in a 1-hr web seminar presented by Scott Bailey on February 3rd, 2016.

Other than answering these crucial project management questions, Scott Bailey identified common issues experienced in projects when we attempt to transition from one phase to another.

Missed this web seminar? Catch up by downloading the presentation slides here.


Web Seminar Recap: How the New PMP Exam and PDU Structure Impacts You

written by: Jennifer Johnson on February 6th, 2016

Beginning in 2016, substantial PMP® exam changes will be taking effect. Also changing is how the PMP and other credentials PMI offers are maintained.

This hour-long webinar was presented by PMP-certified project manager Dan Stober on February 2, 2016.

Dan presented the modifications to the Continuing Certification Requirements program for PMI certifications that took place on December 1, 2015, and how you can adapt to them. He featured the new PMI Talent Triangle alongside the minimum and maximum allowable PDUs in all categories. Showcasing the changes to the PMP exam that are slated to take effect on January 11, 2016, Stober also explicitly covered the new PMI Role Delineation Study and the PMP Exam Content Outline.

Missed the web seminar? Catch up by downloading the presentation slides.


IIBA and ASPE announce strategic collaboration to support BA community

written by: Admin on February 2nd, 2016

(Toronto, ON) January 26, 2016 – International Institute of Business Analysis™ (IIBA®), a non-profit professional association for business analysis professionals and ASPE SDLC Training, a division of Fortis College, announce a strategic alliance. As part of the agreement, IIBA and ASPE have committed to unite BA professionals and to help them create better business outcomes.

As the leading association for the business analysis community, IIBA is committed to forging value-add relationships with corporations, associations, business stakeholders and educational providers to create greater connections and engagements across the business analysis community.  The new Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) will provide value, support and engagement to the business analysis and corporate community, and IIBA North America Chapters to help practitioners and their organizations deliver a strong BA practice and achieve organizational success.

“As a growing global organization, IIBA is working and aligning with complementary organizations around the world, clearly defining the relevance and value brought to the BA community. Sharing our knowledge and innovative ideas provides many direct benefits to our membership, such as recognized certification standards for hiring, and knowledge base and thought leadership across many different industries,” said Stephen Ashworth, IIBA President and CEO. “IIBA is a global leader in the BA community and continues to foster similar alliances of collaboration with other associations and organizations to offer its Members and the BA community enhanced value and connectivity,” added Ashworth.

“We are looking forward to working closely with IIBA. Recognition of the profile and value for business analysis is increasing. We believe open sharing of our knowledge and ideas between our communities will help both organizations to promote the role and value of business analysis to the local business and corporate community,” said David Mantica, President ASPE Inc. a division of Fortis College.

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About IIBA

International Institute of Business Analysis™ (IIBA®) is a non-profit professional association dedicated to the business analysis (BA) profession. Through a global network, IIBA connects over 29,500 Members and more than 250 Corporate Members and 116 Chapters. To find out more or to join IIBA, visit



Web Seminar Recap: The Role of a Tester on an Agile Team

written by: Admin on January 30th, 2016

The Agile methods don’t describe the Tester’s role; but that doesn’t doesn’t mean Testers have no role. In fact, including a Tester on an Agile team can make the team even more effective and efficient at delivering valuable software to their customer.

This 1-hour web seminar was presented on January 27, 2016 by ASPE Training instructor, Alan Koch.

Attendees of this web seminar discovered what the Agile community has learned as we’ve integrated Testers into Agile teams over the past five years or so. This web seminar also discussed ideas for using the unique skills of your Testers to enhance your Agile development teams.

Missed this web seminar? Catch up by downloading the presentation slides and recording.


Applying Enterprise Business Architecture

written by: Admin on January 25th, 2016

This post was written by Aaron Whittenberger and contains an in-depth look at the ASPE Training course, Applying Enterprise Business Architecture, and ASPE Training instructor, Gina Schmidt. 

I recently had opportunity to take a business analysis educational class from ASPE Training entitled Applying Enterprise Business Architecture.  This was a four half-day virtual classroom class with about 15 students; which may be the largest class I have ever attended.  The instructor for the class was Gina Schmidt.  I had opportunity to discuss with Gina the class, ASPE and her involvement with ASPE Training.

I had an idea of what business architecture is.  The class solidified my thinking and taught me that business architecture cannot be just a set of diagrams, models and maps.  If it does not assist in identifying problems and opportunities, support management decision making and identifying business capability gaps then it is not adding value to the enterprise.  Business Architecture will have multiple views of the same areas of the business to aide all stakeholders in understanding the business, its culture and its capabilities.  It outlined some popular architectural frameworks, such as Zachman Framework, TOGAF and ACORD.  The class compared the business architect to an urban planner instead of a building architect.  Whereas a building architect is focused on one building, the urban planner is concerned with the whole city or geographic location and the quality of life of its residents. It referenced many sources of knowledge, including A Guide to the Business Architecture Body of Knowledge (BIZBOK™ Guide) from the Business Architecture Guild and A Guide to the Business Analysis Body of Knowledge® (BABOK® Guide) from International Institute of Business Analysis.

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Podcast: The T-Shaped Business Analyst

written by: Christie Marsh on January 8th, 2016

T-Shaped Development is an emerging critical skill set for IT Professionals focusing on the whole person. By balancing technical skills with business centric competencies like emotional intelligence, conflict management and business acumen, this shift in thinking can start to make the difference in fostering the conversations that lead to meeting metrics and goals, keeping your best employees, and meeting customer needs.

The business analyst is a key example of the need to build T-shaped professionals. They bridge the gap between the business and IT sides of the organization and must be able to successfully interact with both to come up with a high-quality solution. To succeed in the business analyst role, you must possess not only technical skills but also business knowledge and interpersonal skills.

In this podcast, Dave Saboe interviews David Mantica on what it means to be T-shaped and how to build those professional and soft skills that create the top of the T. Listen to find out how you can become a well-rounded T-shaped professional: