Fall Pdd

Introducing IIBA's Fall Professional Development Day

Project Management and Business Analysis -

The Perfect Partnership

The Fall PDD is a one day event on September 20th 2016, at Adam's Mark Hotel with Key Note Craig Price, and many experienced speakers for 3 synergistic tracks:

1. Business Analysis

2. Advanced Project Management

3. Agile

You can find more details on the IIBA event page.


Volunteer Opportunities

We welcome you to become a leader in the Buffalo BA Community. If you are interested in our Event and Membership Board positions, you can visit the Volunteer Opportunities section of the website to learn more.

What is the Buffalo Chapter of the IIBA?

The mission of the Buffalo Chapter of the IIBA is to further the business analysis profession by providing regular EDUCATIONAL sessions, formal TRAINING and MENTORING, and NETWORKING opportunities!

Advance Your Career

Are you ready to take your career to the next level?

The BABOK® Guide is the most credible and authoritative source of knowledge and practices for business analysis.

Boost your resume and update your LinkedIn profile with a CCBA or CBAP certification.  The Buffalo Chapter of the IIBA can help you be successful and offers a FREE coffee hour to study the BABOK®.

Find out more about certification on the IIBA website.


Speaker positions have been filled for the Fall PDD.

Thank you!

If you are interested in speaking at an event, please submit your proposal to Vp_marketing@buffalo.iiba.org.

Good luck!

We Want to Hear From You

Please let us know if you have any questions or feedback for the Board. We'd love to hear from you! What subjects are you interested in hearing about? Let us know, and we'll cater to your needs!

- Corina Toth, VP Marketing

What is a Business Analyst?

An analyst works as a liaison among stakeholders in order to elicit, analyze, communicate and validate requirements for changes to business processes and information systems. The business analyst understands business problems and opportunities and recommends SOLUTIONS.

Many roles play the part of a Business Analyst including Project Managers, Systems Analysts, Product Owners, Enterprise Analysts, Enterprise and Solution Architects, and many more.

The Business Analysis Body of Knowledge (BABOK), the definitive guide and the internationally recognized standard for the business analysis profession, describes common activities, tasks and deliverables of the analysis field.

Benefits of Membership

  1. SKILL Development
  2. Hands on EXPERIENCE with tools and techniques
  3. Study group participation for CCBA and CBAP CERTIFICATIONS
  4. NETWORKING opportunities
  5. Public SPEAKING experience

Become a Member!


The new version of the BABOK is here!

BBC Conference Nov 2 2015

The Buffalo Chapter is excited to share content from the BBC Conference from November 2015! There were profound speakers like Bob the BA, Angela Wick, Dr. Mary Donohue and more! Look for a Member Event coming soon!

Building Business Capability is the only conference that provides insight into Business Analysis, Business Architecture, Business Process, Business Rules, Business Decisions, and Business Strategy & Transformation toward the pursuit of business excellence.



Time is running out! Register today for the Fall PDD on September 20th.


Fall Speakers

Craig Price

As a speaker, author and podcaster, Craig has helped some of the most effective and diverse corporate leaders, from multibillion-dollar manufacturers to top universities, around the country find the path to success. His honest and realistic approach allows them to understand how to use our natural thought processes as tools for change and productivity.

 Craig realized for true long-term motivation and production, one must look at the current tools every person possesses and utilize them. This was the driving force behind his latest book “Half a Glass: The Realist’s Guide” which showcases his desire to bring “reality” based solutions to a variety of issues back into focus.

 An award winning professional stand-up comedian, veteran podcaster and certified instructor, Craig has a background in customer service, information technology and safety. Craig uses his sharp wit, intelligence and straight talk to deliver entertaining, informative programs that allow people to believe in themselves under any circumstances.

Steve Davi

SVP Engineering at Synacor

Steve is responsible for their overall software product development as they develop next generation products enabling subscribers to access all their favorite TV shows, movies, and news anytime, anywhere, on the device of their choosing.

Prior to Synacor, Steve served as Chief Technology Officer at SeaChange International. Steve has more than 30 years of professional experience in the software industry (10 years as an engineer, 10 years as manager, and 10 years as an executive).

He is passionate about agile software development, helping to move the entire Synacor and SeaChange software engineering organizations to agile. His experience at SeaChange is briefly described in Ken Schwaber's book, Software in 30 Days. His experiences at SeaChange and Synacor are described in the book, ”Executive Influence on Agile Development: Are You The Reason Why Agile Development Isn't Working?”

Judith Oja-Gillam

Judith's session is titled "Top 10 things about Business Architecture" in the BA track.

Judith has thirty plus years in Financial Services Business Management Consulting and Business Architecture including Strategy, Sales, Service, Control functions, Operations and IT.

Judith has proven ability to lead teams in the design, development and execution of strategic approaches to transformational change, organizational design and business process engineering practices. Focus is on generating business value and capability.

A published SME who is frequently called upon to speak or deliver workshops at leading conferences and events on Business Architecture, Business Analysis and Requirements Definition and Business Process Design.


Angelo Arcoleo

Keeping It Simple - Scheduling

Anthony Reed

Anthony Reed, CPA PMP has over 25 years in management and executive positions. He fused his two passions, managing and marathoning, to successfully implement multi-million dollar, international business projects. He’s been featured in business, IT, travel, and sports publications, including PMI Today, Runner’s World, Ebony, Southern Living, and the Journal of Accountancy.

 He holds two graduate and two undergraduate degrees and taught project management, IT, accounting, and business college courses and seminars. And he’s authored five books and over fifty management articles. This certified running coach is one of fifty people worldwide, who completed the marathon “hat trick” of finishing (1) 100 marathons on (2) all seven continents, including Antarctica, and (3) fifty States. He’s authored five books and over fifty management articles. His latest book is Running to Leadership: What Finishing 100+ Marathons On All Seven Continents Teaches Us About Success (second edition).

Craig Price


Coffee Hours

Coffee Hour - Chapter 7

It was nice to see new faces at our study group on December 15th when we discussed Chapter 7 of the BABOK!

We discussed the life cycle of development and where requirements are validated and how different the process is for different industries.

We also talked about how powerful Context Diagrams are, and other techniques like Current and Future State Process Models. Do you use these techniques? How do they work for you? We'd love to hear about them at the next study session. Stay tuned for the next date and time for Chapter 8 in January.

See you then!

Coffee Hour - BABOK Chapter 6

Thank you to those of you who attended the coffee hour to discuss Strategy Analysis, Chapter 6 of the BABOK v3!

It's refreshing to hear common challenges with projects and processes within organizations across different industries.  The study group is a great method for collaboration and the discussion allows for discovery of solutions to the challenges and strategy for change. 

Common challenges across industries include:

  • Understanding the purpose and real value of a solution and why the change strategy is so important and being able to articulate it to stakeholders,
  • Quantifying success of the solution,
  • Environments and testing.

What are some of your challenges? Talk about them with us at the next study session.

How can the BABOK help you? Let's discuss.

Coffee Hour - BABOK Chapter 5

At the coffee hour on September 15th, we discussed Chapter 5 of the BABOK, Requirements Life Cycle Management. We discussed the value of the work, the approval process that can be challenging, tools for managing requirement (or lack of tools!), traceability, differences between roles of Solutions Analysts and Business Analysts. 

Coffee Hour - BABOK Chapter 4

Thank you to the great group who met 8/18 to discuss Chapter 4 of the BABOK v3 regarding collaboration and elicitation.

We discussed different structures with BA organizations within different companies and challenges with that.

We also talked about the right time for BA engagement, who is the owner of the planning process, brainstorming and elicitation techniques, the process of confirming requirements are accurate and the challenges with gaining business commitment.

It's a refreshing experience to discuss every day challenges and about exciting things happening in BA organizations.

The next coffee hour is Sep 15th. Stay tuned for time and location.


Coffee Hour - BABOK Chapter 3

Chapter 3 was discussed at the third coffee hour. We discussed the delivery of value, innovation and collaboration! Thank you to those of you who attended at Corner Bakery Cafe.

Coffee Hour was a Success!!!

Thank you to those of you who attended the coffee hour! There were great conversations regarding Chapter 2 and how the concepts apply to our daily activities as BAs, including:

  • Differences between different kinds of stakeholders and their interaction with requirements and design
  • Classifications of requirements
  • Understanding business value and how it ties in with morale
  • The BACCM
  • Challenges with acceptance criteria

The next Coffee Hour is JULY 14th aCoffee Hourt 7am at Spot Coffee! Please give us feedback on the time and location to Corina Toth.

Remember, this is a FREE event for a limited time only!

2015 Annual General Meeting

Did you miss the IIBA 2015 Annual General Meeting?

Members can view the 2015 AGM webcast recording on the IIBA website.

(Please note that it's available to members only and you'll be prompted to login first.)

AGM 2015

Annual Event 2015


Thank you to those of you who attended the Annual Event. It was a great turnout and we are looking forward to some exciting and interesting events.

Thank to to EmergenceTek as well, for sponsoring the event!


Learning Circle Session

Thank you to all of you who attended the Learning Circle on June 18th, 2015!

The IIBA Buffalo June meeting was at HealthNow in beautiful downtown Buffalo.

We viewed valuable professional development online content, had small group discussions with other BA professionals, and introduced you to some great FREE and ONLINE training channels.

Thank you to TEKsystems for their sponsorship!



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