September 2017 Chapter Meeting
Solving the Business Analysis Puzzle
There is a process of analysis that when followed puts all the pieces together to create a solution that fits. This process of analysis is like a jigsaw puzzle. The start of a jigsaw puzzle is a jumble of unrelated pieces, sound familiar? The task seems impossible when you start with all the pieces spread out. It requires a process to solve the puzzle and fit the pieces together. This is exactly the same for a business analyst that starts any initiative. The pieces are strewn about in documents, people, processes, data and it seems impossible to fit them together.
|Heather is from Des Moines, Iowa. She grew up there, pursued her bachelors and graduate degrees there and stayed to raise her family. She is a stimulus for change as a mom, a business analyst consultant, Past President of Central Iowa Chapter, Deputy VP Chapters IIBA® , VP Chapters IIBA and Director, IIBA.
Heather has worked as a Business Analyst long before there was a formal title. For the past 17 + years, she has worked with a variety of project teams to identify and solve many problems and challenges in the financial services, insurance and higher education industries. Projects have includes new system development, process improvements, COTS implementations, as well as leading and coaching other business analysts.
She has a passion for sharing the power of the Business Analyst role and promoting the importance of that role in every business. She applies that passion to the classroom teaching students through B2T Training. Heather is a natural collaborator in her BA role and engages people at all levels in organizations. She has been fortunate to work through all the processes of business analysis in the SDLC and be able to participate in many roles in projects. There is no part of the RACI matrix she has not been responsible for!
Heather has a BA in Accounting from Grand View College and an MBA from Drake University and is a CBAP®. Heather consults through her company, BAs Without Borders and blogs at www.BAsWithoutBorders.com. Follow her on Twitter at HeatherM_M for BA musings, advice and motivation!