March 2020 IIBA Minneapolis | St. Paul Chapter Newsletter Print

2020 IIBA MSP Professional Development Day

11th Annual Professional Development Day (PDD) 

Make Your Pit Stops Count – Make Your Pit Stop at IIBA PDD 4/09/2020. 

Learn When Pit Stops are Needed!


PDD Keynotes: Paula Bell and Bob Prentiss

Paula Bell, CBAP®, your BA Martial Artist (view video), will be your opening keynote with a first-rate presentation on how BAs are very much like detectives in “Uncover the Mysteries - Investigate Like a Detective”.  To end your day, keynote Bob Prentiss, CBAP®, better known as Bob the BA (view video), will bring you an unforgettable presentation on “Sing Your Life!  Making Positive Changes in an Uncertain World”.  Their expertise will deliver you with knowledge to make your pit stop count.  You don’t want to miss this event!    

 Meet the new leadership of IIBA!  We are honored to welcome Delvin Fletcher, President and CEO of IIBA®, at this year’s PDD.  Delvin will deliver his presentation on how to “Evolve and Grow” as a Business Analyst. 

This year's PDD speakers will present topics relevant to your professional growth and development. 

Click here --> Visit the website today for speaker details!

Our selection of learning opportunities will bring you new and innovative ideas, methodologies, and solutions for you to succeed as a BA.  Whether you practice agile, waterfall, or hybrid methodologies, this conference is for you!  In addition to learning from experts, you will receive: 1) eight professional learning credits, 2) a light breakfast, lunch, snacks (morning and afternoon), 3) free parking, and 4) an opportunity to network with peers. 


DoubleTree-Bloomington-Minneapolis South Hotel, Minneapolis, MN 55439 

Interested in volunteering at PDD?  Email [email protected] 


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Monthly Chapter Meeting




Agile and BAs 

Presented by Jennifer Battan and Paul Crosby

A BA and a PM walk into an Agile Bar

Sounds like the start of a good story.  The most common problem facing an Agile practitioner isn’t the basics – it’s how it all fits together on a typical project.  How does an Agile project get started?  Once it gets started, how do you plan it in sprint zero?  How do you pull an Agile sprint back from the brink of failure?  What’s the best way to show status on a sprint?  

In this workshop we take you on a ride through a typical Agile project with all the turns and twists along the way from planning, epics, theme, user stories, backlogs, spikes, status and risk.  Resource Management issues?  We got that covered too.  Understand how the pieces of Agile fit together into a process and how to use it effectively.  Learn how a Business Analyst and Project Manager can fit into Agile.  Bring your toughest situations.  Let’s roll up our sleeves and work through them in this interactive journey through an Agile project.  This workshop is designed for intermediate to advanced Agile practitioners.

 Learning objectives:

  • Walk through an Agile project from beginning to the end in this interactive fast paced workshop that will bring deeper understanding to how the Agile fundamentals fit together into an efficient process.
  • Discover new approaches to techniques to manage communication, expectations setting, status reporting, resource management, and much more. 


It’s an intense fun ride for this 1-hour presentation!

Register Today!

Embassy Suites Minneapolis Airport 7901 34th Ave South, Bloomington, MN 55425

Note:  All registrations end at 12 PM the day before the meeting. 

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Certification Study Groups


If you are newer in your BA career, the online ECBA Study Group will kickoff on April 20, 2020.  The Entry Certificate in Business Analysis™ (ECBA™) covers foundational knowledge on how to approach business analysis according to the BABOK® Guide.  You are eligible to participate as long as you have completed a minimum of 21 Professional Development hours within the past 4 years, and are a member in good standing with Global IIBA and the IIBA MSP Chapter (you must also agree with the terms and conditions of the ECBA™ Code of Conduct). 

ECBA Certification Study Group – 6 Weeks / Web Ex

  • Date: Monday, April 20, 2020.
  • Time: 8:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. CDT.
  • Cost: $25.00 (helps cover study guide material costs).  

NOTE: At this kickoff meeting, the leader of the group will help the group decide on the best weekly date and time for the 6-week Web Ex study group.

Register Today!


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Check Out Upcoming Events & Registration

We have a lot of great events!

Click HERE to find an event near You!

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Interested in Volunteering

Interested in making a difference in your profession and IIBA community?

We are seeking volunteers that want to get involved in our local chapter.  If you are interested in an opportunity to support your IIBA® MSP Chapter, we need volunteers to lead our study groups.  YOU can earn IIBA® Certification and Recertification credits by helping to lead or co-lead an ECBA or CBAP® study group. 

We have many needs to fit many volunteer interests – host an event, assist with social media posts, and much more.  Volunteer today! 

Email [email protected]

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