April 2nd, CPMP successfully held the first Business Analyst seminar at the Scarborough Civic Center. Business Analyst not only requires both technical and business skills, but also need a comprehensive knowledge of industry they are serving. As there are more and more members interested in this role, CPMP initiates the Business Analyst program to provide education and training around business analysis. For the first seminar, we are pleased to have three distinguished speakers came and there were around 40 people attended this event.
Cheng Lin, Board Director of CPMP, kicks off the program by welcoming all participants and briefly introduced the new Business Analyst Program. The purpose of this program to organize training seminar and workshops for BA practitioner and professions who are interested at becoming a BA. As the first seminar, we are thrilled to have such group of people attending. There will be more seminars coming up this year. Please stay tuned with us if you are interested it, you can check out our website regularly, subscript to our email or join our wechat group (add ID “Toronto2020”).
Our first speaker Harold Broos, the president of IIBA (International Institute of Business Analysis) Toronto Chapter, has more than 25 years experience in business analysis area, specially in the development of learning system and tools. He started the presentation with introducing the role of a business analyst and let the audience have a better understanding what business analysts do. And then he talked about how IIBA can support us to be professional BAs. The topic also covered the new BABOK (Business Analysis Body of Knowledge) Guide introduction, IIBA certification overview and requirements as well.
The second speaker, May Jim, has over 30 years’ experience of complex business transformation, process re-engineering and application development projects in IBM. She is a founding member of the IIBA and a reviewer of the BABOK. May gave us a detailed description of Business Analysts’ responsibilities and demonstrated several key elements to become an effective BA. In addition, she discussed the learning options available to practitioners which are very helpful for all participants.
Last but not least, we have Tracy Duan as our third speaker. Tracy is a Certified Business Analysis Professional with over 10-year experience in Business Analysis in Banking and IT industry. She talked about key values that a professional BA can bring to an organization and a project. BAs not only improve the efficiencies and enhance capacities through Business Process Reengineering, but also bridge the business and the technical communities. Lastly, she also provided several possible career path to business analyst and looked forward to the future of the BA with us.
At the end of the seminar, Cheng appreciated all speakers and presented certificates to express gratitude on behalf of CPMP. We also would like to appreciate contribution of the event organizer, Cheng and all the volunteers – Nancy Liu, Lucy Lu, Jessica Yuan, Cyndy Yang, Jason Ding, Nicci Chen, Shuang Lu Liu, Eileen Chen, Ricken Hong. It was a great seminar, and there will be more good seminars to come in the near future.