Finally, our follow-up report on the First Business Analysis Camp is online! See photos, slides and ressources here: Rückblick BA Camp 2014.
We hope that you enjoyed the camp: interesting contacts and exciting ideas and one or the other topic We did so and we really enjoyed every minute with you at the BA camp!
We will collect all the documents in the next few days and gradually provide this on this page. If someone else has photos or book tips, please contact us (either via email or here in the comments)! The same is true for participants who need confirmations or have a question or comment!
Thanks again for your participation at the 1st BA camp and see you soon!
What does business analysis really mean?
Let’s start: The Business
We start our considerations with the company or the “Business”: Every organization has to reach certain goals on the market. This raises the question: How should IT, processes and organization be aligned and coordinated in order to support the path to the goal? How can we translate the corporate strategy onto the project level? What business needs can be derived and what specific requirements incur from it?
To answer these and other questions is the real job of a business analyst. By taking the ancient Greek word “analysis” literally, the business analyst “strips down” the company mentally into its individual parts and build it together into a new large whole.
Job Title: Business Analyst?
Only a small group of those persons doing business analysis activities call themselves business analysts. But: This number is also increasing steadily. With the new discipline of business analysis they all receive consolidated and methodical tools they need to master the complex requirements of this job everyday.
On the other hand this means: You do not have written “business analyst” on your business card to make business analysis. Behind the following professional titles there is also often hidden business analysis:
Business Consultant, organizer, requirements engineer, system analyst, process manager, IT consultant, management consultant, business architect, enterprise architect or project manager.
Business Analysis Body of Knowledge (BABOK)
If you want to learn more about the duties of business analysis, you should definitely read the BABOK® Guide (A Guide to the Business Analysis Body of Knowledge®) of the International Institute of Business Analysis.
There business analysis is defined as follows:
Business analysis is the sum of the tasks and methods that are used to communicate between different stakeholders with the aim of the structures, principles and processes of a company to understand and to recommend effective solutions.
In the upcoming version 3.0 of the BABOK this definition is simplified and are as follows:
Business Analysis is the practice of enabling change in an organizational context, by defining needs and recommending solutions that deliver value to stakeholders.
This definition consists of the six core concepts that have been defined in the Business Analysis Core Concept Model (BACCM). If you want to learn more about it, I recommend my webinar on the BACCM.
Business analysis in practice
The BA Camp is a platform to discuss methods, tools and tips that work in practice. And that works only with you, the business analyst himself. Because of this fact this community event, in the form of an unconference, will also only be structured through you guys!
More about the Programme.
The BA camp will take place the first time in a german speaking country and will have one german and one english track. In this post we will gibe you a brief insight to what will be expecting you.
The BA Camp 2014 is basically an open space event. But as business analysis is just the very beginning in German-speaking countries, we decided to offer you a mixed form: we want to combine successful elements from conferences together with the benefits of un-conference – to provide the best possible benefits. In general: Each participant is encouraged to make its own contribution. The content of this event is only as good as what we together are making of it! So: Take your place at discussions, shares experiences, forge new contacts, offer workshops and participate in other sessions as an active part.
We will start on Friday morning with a keynote of an international known BA, which gives a first look at the strengths and opportunities of BA. After this it will be exciting in a panel discussion, their stakeholders are discussing their very personal perception about BA (german only) – even at this point, you are invited as participants to be active and ask questions!
So far so good, but after this there will be no reminiscent of a classical conference, except the food
The “how” of the individual sessions and workshops is not fixed, on the contrary: you are invited to design them by yourself. If want to speak a lecture to a certain theme, keep your own motivational speech. If you want to discusse particular questions, just go for it – everything is permitted, everything is possible as long as all participants are agreeable.
In principle, the sessions and group meetings are scheduled with about 45 minutes. In between, there are about 15 minute breaks to forge new contacts and refresh old ones.
Event on Friday night
An important item in the BA camp is the evening event. We will book therefore an exclusive local and provide the opportunity to develop new contacts and chat with old friends. We will provide the drinks and food, you will ensure a great atmosphere.
The Saturday morning will be used for morning sessions: New thoughts, that Morpheus has transferred in his dreams to you, will be discussed. In order to bring all at a common point, we will start here as well with a keynote that will give us energy for the next four hours.
After this you will have the chance to continue your latest discussions or to chat about new issues raised and to consider how BA could continue. Anyone who wants will then be invited to present his thoughts in the plenary group.
Who is invited to come and what does he or she need?
Anyone who is interested in the subject of business analysis or has the intention to contribute to the development of the discipline is welcome to participate !
You need nothing except your ideas and knowledge – maybe you won’t miss your notebook, tablet and smartphone, something a BA needs to survive
There will be no dress code for the participants except the one to feel comfortable. There will be no under- or overdressed !
But mostly: Have fun in the exchange and development!
Do not think twice and join the first BA Camp in Vienna!
We are looking forward seeing you there!