In this episode, Ken Fulmer, CEO and President of the International Institute for Business Analysis (IIBA), joins us to discuss some new initiatives at the IIBA and how the IIBA can help you advance your skills and grow in your career.

After listening to this episode, you'll understand:

  • How the new version of the Agile Extension to the BABOK is more useful than ever
  • What the new Competency Model is all about and how to use it
  • How the IIBA’s Mentoring Program can help you and your career
  • What the Global Thought Leadership Program is all about

Show Notes

Professional associations are a great resource for developing your skills and growing in your career.  For Business Analysts, there’s no better association than the International Institute for Business Analysis (IIBA).

The IIBA has several initiatives available to better support people in the analysis field.


New Version of the Agile Extension to the BABOK

Version 2.0 of the Agile Extension was developed in conjunction with the Agile Alliance.  The new version of the Agile Extension looks beyond the project level and includes broader planning horizons.

The planning horizons include the strategic level and shows you how to do analysis and remain agile as situations and organizational priorities change.  Of course, it also includes the delivery horizon at the project level.  At each planning horizon, the IIBA’s Agile Extension shows you the tools and methods to use in that context.

The main purpose of the Agile Extension to the BABOK is to show you how analysis fits across all of the planning horizons and ensure the fundamentals are included to ensure delivery of the right things and achieve the desired business outcomes.


Mentoring Program

Earlier this year, the IIBA launched a pilot version of their mentoring program.  The program is focused on two audiences: individuals seeking mentoring to grow in their careers, and mentoring into chapter role positions to strengthen the leadership capabilities of each chapter.

The mentoring program helps improve the way we are perceived as a profession and how we interact in our community to be more influential.  We want Business Analysts to be seen as leaders.


BA as a Leader

To help Business Analysts to be perceived as leaders, the IIBA has recently held a series of webinars to develop leadership skills.  This will also be part of a one-day seminar at the Building Business Capabilities (BBC) Conference in November 2017.

The intention is to roll this program out to local chapters for their members in order to lift the image of the profession.

Based on analysis of surveys, the IIBA developed their Global Thought Leadership program.  This program helps explore areas outside of traditional analysis work.

Based on today’s evolving business environment, the Global Thought Leadership program explores areas such as strategic business analysis, design thinking, and big data.

This allows practitioners to develop a deeper understand these emerging areas and make recommendations and lead transformational change to achieve better business results.


Listen to the full episode to hear more about the IIBA’s new vesion of the Agile Extension to the BABOK, the mentoring program, the Global Thought Leadership program, and other benefits (even if you’re not a member).


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Ken Fulmer

Ken Fulmer

CEO and President of IIBA International

Ken is the President and CEO of the International Institute for Business Analysis.  The IIBA is a global professional association for business analysis that’s expanding its expertise to new digital and leading edge practices to continue to apply analysis to both individual practitioner capability and to assist organizations in achieving better business outcomes.


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