The Future of Business Analysis - Saturday June 25, 2022



Conference Schedule - Subject to Revision
All times Mountain Daylight Time

Emcee - Reg Cracknell - IIBA President, CBAP, PMP 
09:00 - Networking
09:15 - Welcome - Reg Cracknell
09:30 - Sponsor Introductions
09:50 - KEYNOTE - The Evolution of Business Analysis - Bola Adesope
11:00  - Break
11:15 - Developing the Leader Within You - Esther Hephzibah
12:15 - Lunch Break
01:00 - Stakeholders are your Critical Success Factor - Mike Jones
02:00 - Break
02:15 - The Business Analyst in the Agile World - Marcus Udokang
03:15 - Digital Enhancement Projects are Here to Stay - Deirdre Caren
04:15 - Closing Remarks & Prize Draws
04:30 - Event Close

Speaker Bios & Presentation Abstracts

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Bola Adesope
Senior Consultant, Business Agility, Deloitte Canada

Keynote - 9:50 am 

Bola is an experienced and result driven Business Transformation Consultant, Trainer, Keynote Speaker, and Coach with experience driving growth and delivering business results to organizations across diverse sectors and continents. With an unparalleled rich, energetic, storytelling, engaging and pragmatic presentation style, Bola has been a Conference Speaker for different organizations across North America, Europe and Africa.
Bola has trained over 3500 professionals across Business Analysis, Project Management and Agile. Bola has a unique gift of presentation, communication, storytelling and breaking complex content down into simple, easy to understand format. His professional experience spans working for global organizations such as Accenture, Deloitte, etc 

Presentation - The Evolution of Business Analysis
This presenation will help to understand how the world is changing, how Business Analysis is changing and how the Analyt needs to align with the trend to be able to stay relevant.

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Esther Hephzibah
Founder|Transformation Speaker & Facilitator, Shine Transformation Consulting Solutions
Speaker II - 11:15 am 

Esther is a Life and Leadership Transformation Coach and Consultant that has helped create positive individual and team transformation in various businesses, youth-serving and non-profit organizations. She is also a Maxwell Certified Leadership Trainer, Coach, Speaker. 
As a skilled facilitator and organization development consultant, Esther has over 14 years of experience helping private, public sector, and not-for-profit organizations implement training and process improvement initiatives that produce results. Her life mission is to support others with strengthening their abilities to inspire, influence, and create an impact
Presentation - Developing the Leader Within You
This presentation will help understand the different communication styles and how to enable solutions that deliver value to stakeholders. The learning objectives are:

  • Identify 3 practical ways to increase your influence and impact as a BA
  • Understand the communication style of others and how to connect to them irrespective of the differences
  • Build a success roadmap that influences sustainable results

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Mike Jones
Senior Business Analyst

Speaker III - 1:00 pm 

Mike has been a Business Analyst in Agile software development for many years working in various industries including Energy, Transportation, Finance and Telecommunications. He has enjoyed working on a wide variety of teams: as a delivery BA on 3 member teams to a program BA with a dozen large project teams, from custom development to vendor COTS implementation.
He has taught Business Analysis courses at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology. He first volunteered with IIBA as a mentor in Calgary's mentorship program and continues to enjoy mentoring to give back to people building and growing their BA careers. Previously he has led BABOK study groups and has held the positions of Director of Education and President in the IIBA Calgary Chapter.

Presentation - Stakeholders are Your Critical Success Factor
This presentation topic will help to understand the importance of stakeholder analysis and gain an appreciation of the depth and breadth of stakeholder analysis. Proper stakeholder analysis ensures that elicitation efforts are focused in the right place and needs are met.

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Marcus Udokang
Writer, Presenter & Coach
Speaker IV - 2:15 pm 

Marcus Udokang is a Consultant, Writer, Presenter, and Coach specializing in Project Management and Business Analysis, specifically business applications, and requirements analysis. He has presented at conferences and webinars, and appeared on Podcasts and discussion panels. He brings his hands-on experience, years of teaching, and his knowledge and expertise to the forefront, in helping businesses deliver meaningful value. His experience spans various industries including Financial Services, Oil and Gas, and Education, including IT Training. 
Marcus is also host of the Podcast and YouTube channel The Inquisitive Analyst, which focuses on discussions about the triumphs and challenges within the Business Analysis and Project Management fields.
Presentation - The Business Analyst in an Agile World
This presentation topic will help Business Analysts to become more familiar with the Agile environment, better understand responsibilities and guide productivity using best practices and frameworks. The highlights include:

  • The value a BA brings to an Agile team
  • Understanding how Agile teams work
  • The challenges and benefits in an Agile environment

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Deirdre Caren
Founder & Director, Agora Insights Ltd

Speaker V - 3:15 pm

Dierdre Caren is passionate about improving business outcomes through better training, mentoring and intentional business design.  Over the past 20 years, Dierdre has trained more than 5000 people on various topics, processes and change initiates. Deirdre is the founder and director of Agora Insights Ltc, a training, mentoring and consulting service provider for Business Analysts and Business Architects. Deirdre is a Certified Business Architect and Certified Business Analysis Professional. 

Presentation - Digital Enhancement Projects are Here to Stay - What Should BAs do?
This presentation will help Business Analysis get more familiar and comfortable with the features of digital projects and how they can stand out when working on these kinds of projects. 


Special thanks go out to our event sponsors: Solvera Solutions, IT|IQ Tech Recruiters and Improving!