2019 Chapter Meeting Presentations

Click on the month to view the topic abstract, speaker bio and download a copy of the presentation. Please note, not all presentations are available for download.

January 2019       Shannon Z. Cross  - Waterfall and Agile Spiral

February 2019     Recruiter Panel

March 2019         tbd

April 2019           tbd - tbd

May 2019             tbd - tbd

June 2019          tbd - tbd

July 2019             Summer Social at tbd

August 2019        9th Annual BA-CONference

September 2019  tbd

October 2019      tbd - tbd

November 2019   tbd - tbd

December 2019   Happy Holidays! 

A Big Thank You to State Auto for sponsoring our chapter meeting and dinner!  To learn more about State Auto and how they can help you, visit     StateAuto.com

A Big Thank You to State Auto for sponsoring our chapter meeting and dinner!

To learn more about State Auto and how they can help you, visit StateAuto.com

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Waterfall and Agile Swirl

Join us to hear from Shannon Cross of CAS to discuss the challenges of being a BA in a WAgile environment. Shannon has operated, thrived, and made mistakes in the Waterfall/Agile “WAgile” Swirl. From it she has gained insights in working at the team, executive, and customer levels. "Waterfall and Agile Swirl" will cover some tools to help manage these incompatible but often combined frameworks, how to speak with teams and business executives in this situation and managing scope and change. 

Download Shannon’s presentation here.

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Shannon Z. Cross

Shannon Z. Cross currently works at CAS (Chemical Abstracts Society), a leader in cheminformatics solutions, providing scientific information to industry and academia in pursuit of research and discovery. Shannon’s role as CAS Services Client Engagement Manager combines her experience and skills of Product Owner, Program Manager, BA and entrepreneur into one package. Which means, she believes certain rules are thrown out the window and what remains is a foundation of using the best tool for the job. Not to be confused with ever changing process or undefined business strategies. Shannon holds a MA in management, BA in anthropology and is a certified Project Manager, Lean Six Sigma Green Belt, Scrum Product Owner, and Scrum Master. Her professional experience crosses public, private, and government sectors.

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Recruiter Panel

We will be speaking with a panel of Columbus IT recruiters about how we can better market ourselves in 2019. Please come with questions for our recruiters and see how they can help you and your career in 2019!

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Recruiter Panel

We will be speaking with a panel of Columbus IT recruiters about how we can better market ourselves in 2018. Please come with questions for our recruiters and see how they can help you and your career in 2018!

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Working with Remote Teams

In today’s age of globalization, organizations and their teams are stretched across geographical locations. We all are a part of global market which works on collaborations across countries and borders. All thanks to technology as it has enabled us to collaborate, supervise and work with people/teams at different geographical locations. Geographical diversity is not just a requirement but a necessity and while working with remote staff has several advantages, managing it can be equally challenging.

This presentation will define the concept of Remote Teams or Virtual Team and how can we successfully build a team of remote staff and successfully manage them. This presentation will also discuss :

- Challenges of working with remote team members and how can we overcome them

- Steps to building trust and open line of communication

- Using Technology/ Tools with remote team members

- Conflict management with remote team members 

Download Sneha's presentation so you can benefit from her information and tips for Working with Remote Teams. 

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Sneha Fotedar

Sneha Fotedar is currently working for Enterprise Automation at Huntington National Bank. She received her Master’s degree in Computer Science from University of Cincinnati after receiving her Bachelor’s from the University of Pune. She has a prior work experience as a mainframe developer with Tata Consultancy Services. After many years working abroad, she decided to pursue a Master’s degree in the U.S. to experience a cross-cultural work environment. Her current duties at Huntington include web automation, as well as integration, system, functional and acceptance testing. Her technical focus is working with object-oriented languages and preparing training sessions to uplift her colleagues.

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Collaborate, Collaborate, Collaborate!

Is it possible to create a team where requirements and design can collaborate effectively and provide value to the user? The answer is YES!

This presentation will discuss the importance of collaboration between Business Analysts and Developers in gathering system requirements. There’s always the fine line between requirements and design that can be quite challenging when you don’t speak the same language. We will explore different methods to bridge the gap between meeting requirements and creating or implementing a design effectively.

Download Marc's presentation for future reference.

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Marc Rivera

Marc Rivera is an IT Architect with Sogeti and received his Masters of Science in Computer Science degree from Franklin University. He has more than 10 years of IT experience from insurance to banking industries. He loves to watch and play soccer especially with his son.

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Improv Your Interactions

Improv is all about listening and responding intelligently to your colleagues. We're going to take that to the next level by learning how to improve our listening skills and build off of the conversation you're having. These skills will help you build substantial relationships and provide meaningful input to the conversations you have, whether it be conversations with friends, colleagues or clients. 

By playing various low-stakes and fun games, we will learn how to roll with the conversation punches, keep your mind free and open to whatever comes next and see things from the other person's perspective to provide valuable input.

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Zack Kelly

Zack Kelly is an entertainer at his core. Professionally, he's a Business Analyst with the consulting and training firm, Improving. His love of improv comedy lends itself well to his professional skills as a listener, connector and facilitator. His background is in mechanical engineering gives Zack an eye for detail and enhances his problem solving skills. Zack loves to fuse these skills to help others understand the big picture and solve problems. When he's not working, Zack's probably doing improv or something stereotypically nerdy.

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Summer Social

We are taking a summer break and hosting our 2018 Summer Social! Join us for appetizers and great conversation. We have a private room booked at The Walrus in downtown Columbus. The Walrusis located at 143 East Main Street, Columbus. Public parking is available across the street and along Main Street. We will kick off the fun at 6:00 pm. We hope to see you there!

Friday, August 23, 2019

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We do not have an August 2018 chapter meeting due to the 2018 BA-CONference.

For more information about the conference and workshop day, please click here. For conference speaker information and copies of the presentations, please click here.

If you are interested in speaking/presenting at a chapter meeting or the 2019 BA-CONference, please email us at Admin@columbusoh.iiba.org. If you are interested in volunteering at a chapter meeting or the 2019 BA-CONference, please email us at Education@columbusoh.iiba.org.

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

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2018 BA-CONference Highlights

We hope to see you on the 19th when we will share "Highlights from the 2018 BA CONference" from attendees and speakers who will give a 10-15 minute Lightning Talk of their presentation or sessions they attended. There will be something for everyone!

If you attended the conference, you can get highlights from some of the sessions you missed or if you missed the event entirely, you still have a chance to gain some of the insights shared by our speakers, and get dinner too!

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

How To Write A Recipe For Automated Testing

As Agilists we strive to achieve Business Agility, that is, by reducing volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity.  This task can be overwhelming in a world that demands continuous delivery of quality products. Using automated testing techniques is one engineering practice we can use to help us continually drive that quality, however, introducing new tools and techniques can further complicate our delivery.  So how can we achieve Business Agility, automate our delivery, and set ourselves up for success?

Believe it or not, it all starts with a well-refined user story.  This talk will show you simple techniques we can use as business analysts to write awesome, structured user stories that will become the basis for our automated tests.  The techniques include developing a common language and taxonomy that will reduce the VUCA, but also streamline our process, set our team up for a test-first mindset, and give us many other bonuses.

Download John’s presentation here.

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John Riley

John Riley is the Principal Agile Coach and Trainer for Ready Set Agile in Columbus, OH. He holds certifications for all scrum roles, and his career has also focused on applying techniques in Lean Manufacturing and Application Lifecycle Management for process improvement as an Enterprise Architect. John is also passionate about mentoring by example to help development teams become high performing through continuous improvement.

Wednesday, November 13, 2019


SMASH THE BOX by thinking different! Acting different! And creating a culture of innovation! Groups that “Smash the Box” generate “game changing” ideas that gives them a creative advantage over their competition. “Game Changing” ideas, creative plans, and cultures of innovation lie outside the box... Are you ready to take thinking outside the box to the next level?

Smash the Box is a one of kind experience which includes:

  • Generation: Groups will generate game changing ideas by focusing on one idea, suspending judgment, and collaborating during meetings

  • Transformation: By saying “Yes And” organizations will transform their culture into one of innovation

  • Entertainment: Storytelling, role playing, music, and watching short clips from TV/ Films that re-enforce the vision and message of “Smash the Box”


Audiences will experience firsthand what it is like to escape the 4 Walls of Mental Box: Fear/ Perfection/ Negativity/ Judgment


  • Culture - Create a “Yes And” culture where everyone is involved

  • Idea Generation - Generate unique ideas that will add instant value to your meetings

  • Innovation - Innovative strategies and technique designed for working America

  • Creative Plan - Many groups have a business plan, few have a creative plan

4 Walls of the Mental Box created by Chad J. Willett

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Chad Willett

Chad J. Willett (National Speakers
Association/Screen Actors Guild) is a
professional speaker, author, and
artist who spent seven years in Los
Angeles as an actor which includes
training as the world famous
improvisational school, The
. He was featured in the
hit films She's All That with Paul
Walker, Halloween H2O with Jamie
Lee Curtis and Can't Hardly Wait with
Jennifer Love Hewitt.

Chad has also worked for three Fortune 500 companies and is an entrepreneur: Manpower, ITT
Technical Institute and the Washington Post and is the owner/ operator of Broadway2LA Acting

He inspires audiences to unleash their creative energies by SMASHING concepts, walls, barriers,
and in short... the Box of life! He also writes a weekly blog where he challenges traditional and
self-limiting lines of thinking.

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Thank you for a great 2019!

See you on Wednesday, January 8, 2020!