Building Business Analysis Capability in a Consulting Business

Presenters: Scott Coombs, Keir Whytock, and Sean Ryan
The life of a consulting business analyst (BA) presents many different challenges than those faced by “in-house” BAs – some obvious and some not so. As individual practitioners, consulting BAs have to be highly adaptable and able to plan and execute business analysis efforts quickly, in diverse organizational environments. They also play a role in the sales cycle: assessing tender documents, peer-reviewing proposals, and qualifying potential new business opportunities. Version 1 – an IT consultancy in Ireland and the UK – recognize these challenges and have used the BABOK® Guide since 2009, as a key guide and reference to address them. 
In this webinar, you will hear from three senior consulting BAs at Version 1.  They will openly discuss their practice challenges, and provide details on their approach to turn those challenges into opportunities.  
Specifically, they will share how the BABOK® Guide is used as the cornerstone of their own framework to,
  • build a thriving business analysis community of practice,
  • develop a “consulting perspective”,
  • build up their own skills development initiatives, and
  • broaden the impact of business analysis in their organization. 
You will also gain insight into the special characteristics of the different industries in which these consulting BAs work (including, financial services and public sector) and how they affect business analysis practice.
About the presenters:
Scott Coombs is a Certified Business Analysis Professional™ (CBAP®) who has worked in the IT industry for 24 years, in start-ups, multinationals and in consulting. He is a senior BA with Version 1, leading its UX team and managing the BA community of practice.
Keir Whytock is a Certified Business Analysis Professional™ (CBAP®) who has worked in the IT industry for 24 years and has 19 years’ experience as a consultant. Keir is a senior BA who has been involved in a wide range of engagements including many financial services projects.
Seán Ryan is a Senior Business Analyst who has been working in the IT industry for the past 18 years – of which 16 have been in a consultancy role. He has specialized in Business Intelligence and has implemented, developed and trained users in BI systems for Financial Services as well as wide range of industry sectors.