All B2T Training instructors possess practical business analysis experience and project management experience. Many are BA Certified, CBAPs, and PMPs.
Olya Broadwell has a strong technology background balanced with marketing and entrepreneurial experience. Over the last ten years she has provided training in the areas of business analysis and modeling, and conducted many pre- and post-sales seminars. Her twenty years of industry experience includes actuarial, telecommunications and defense companies, internet product providers and software development companies. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pa. with majors in Computer Systems Management and Finance. She has a unique balance of technology and business experience to share with her students.
Olya’s training style is very engaging and comfortable. Her students consistently rate her as excellent in the areas of presentation, knowledge of the materials, ability to answer questions, and the ability to establish a favorable learning environment. She has been very involved in the development of our Business Analyst Certification program and has enhanced the materials based on classroom and real world experiences.
“Great class! Olya is obviously very knowledgeable. I noticed that she ‘practiced what she preached’ as far as presentation & communication do’s and don’ts. Very personable, entertaining & informative.”
“Olya is one of the best trainers I’ve ever had. Knowledgeable, experienced, well-spoken, interesting and engaging with a wonderful personality. Bravo!”
“Excellent instructor, very personable, fair, and engages all students.”
“Great job. This class was very informative and Olya was able to pull a plethora of personalities into many group conversations with no squabbles.”
Kathy Claycomb brings nearly 20 years of IT experience to the classroom. She has participated in all phases of application development across a wide variety of platforms, and has used numerous methodologies to analyze, design and implement systems. Kathy holds a Bachelor of Science in Business and has worked in transportation, training, and software development organizations.
Kathy’s first love is teaching, and throughout her career she has always managed to spend a portion of her time instructing. She has an engaging, highly interactive teaching style that ensures students leave the course with a thorough grasp of the material. Her students consistently praise her teaching abilities and her talent for drawing on her personal experience to enhance their learning.
“This was one of the best classes I have ever attended (Essential Skills). The subject was covered at just the right level of detail and at the right pace. Kathy was an excellent instructor and I am going to recommend that she teach all our classes. ”
“Kathy is the best instructor I have ever had. Her communication skills are unsurpassed. Her commanding knowledge helped answer questions and her facilitation was excellent.”
“The course was excellent! Kathy was fabulous and she made every topic fresh and enjoyable, even for those of us who have been around a long time. Very professional and very approachable.”
“Class was wonderful! Kathy is a great teacher and communicator. I’ve learned many skills that I can use for my position. Thanks!”
“Kathy did a great job. She has a great way of helping you to understand the material without making you feel overwhelmed or frustrated.”
Alison (Ali) Ibarguen has 19 years of experience in various areas, including business analysis, project methodology development and training, systems development (mainframe, client-server, and web), and telecommunications management. Alison began her career in the financial services area, and then moved into systems development for accounting systems. In the late 1980s, she worked in Spain with Ernst & Young as a consultant, where she began developing and presenting business analysis and project management training in Spanish. She has provided consulting for small companies to Fortune 500 corporations.
Alison is also a partner of TEMSS (Telecommunications Efficiency Management Strategies and Services), which provides telecommunications efficiency auditing and billing analysis services to clients in all areas of business across the United States. She completed her Master of Business Administration in MIS and Accounting from the University of Georgia.
“Very good! Since Ali has been a Project Manager, Business Analyst, and Programmer, she brings an overall picture for the Business Analyst. I would recommend her to others.”
“Ali was excellent. I am impressed with her patience in dealing with our questions and comments. Her knowledge is off the chart. Her presence is very professional without being too abrasive. Her presentation-how she delivered the information-was understandable, clear, concise. For someone who has a hard time paying attention to lectures, I didn’t drift off once.”
“Very personable and easy to understand. Willing to break down concepts in different views for students to understand.”
“I felt that Ali did a great job of presenting a ‘recommended’ approach without necessitating that solutions were incorrect. We had a great learning atmosphere where everyone was prepared to ask questions and challenge solutions. Great Job!”
“Kupe” Kupersmith, President, B2T Training, possesses over 14 years of experience in software systems development. He has served as the lead Business Analyst and Project Manager on projects in the Energy, television and sports management and marketing industries. Additionally, he serves as a mentor for business analysis professionals. Kupe is a Certified Business Analysis Professional (CBAP®).
Kupe is a requested speaker in the BA field and has presented at many IIBA chapters and BA conferences. Being a trained improvisational comedian, Kupe is sure to make you laugh while you’re learning. For a feel for Kupe’s view on business analysis topics check out his blog on BA Times. Kupe is a connector and has a goal in life to meet everyone!
“Kupe is an enthusiastic speaker that uses his former career as an improvisational actor to get the audience engaged from the get go.”
“Kupe is a true expert level BA with a firm understanding of the role, practice, and how the BA functions within an organization. He is a dynamic presenter, who provides focused, critical information with style, enthusiasm, and entertainment.”
“Kupe is a consummate and expert business analyst who provided many useful, out-of-the-box situations for business analysts to be more effective in their roles in requirements elicitation and dealing with users – that’s Kupe!”
Phillip Latka is an energetic Business Analyst who has over 10 years experience training and mentoring junior BA’s through to Directors of Business Analysis. He excels in defining and delivering complex business and technology solutions into start-ups and established companies in various industries including, government, non-profit, financial services, banking, technology and telecommunications.
In addition to his training and consulting roles, he has established Business Analysis Centers of Excellence and assessed Business Analysts for large organizations. His multinational accomplishments reflect a unique blend of technical vision, practical business acumen and expertise in applying structured methodologies.
Phillip teaches structured Methodologies for the Project Management Institute (PMI); is one of the first Certified Business Analysis Professionals (CBAP) in Australia; and has served on the Board of Directors of the International Institute of Business Analysts (IIBA).
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With over 18 years experience in management consulting and human resources, Fonda Emigh Mangino has worked with Fortune 100 and 500 companies such as Deloitte & Touche, Ernst & Young and Mercer. Her background is primarily in the energy, transportation, and manufacturing industries. There she focused on executing business change, project/program management, business analysis, requirements and design, as well as methodology development and deployment.
Fonda received her Bachelor’s degree in Communications from Fort Hays State University and her Master of Education from Texas Woman’s University. Some of her certifications include ITIL, CPF, and SPHR.
Fonda is passionate about helping people learn techniques and tools that will work for them in their own particular business environment. Her training style is pragmatic, common-sense, and fun; peppered with lessons learned and things to think about when working with systems and business organizations.
“Fonda is an excellent presenter and facilitator. She was very ‘tuned’ into our class and kept a good pace, but not too fast. Her examples of real life experience were interesting and very helpful. She was very approachable with questions during class and at breaks. You could really tell that she wanted us to succeed in our roles as a BA!”
“Fonda is very proficient at reading the class participants. She is responsive to differing experience levels of participants.”
“Fonda made the class very enjoyable and informative. Hearing her past experiences was great! She was also willing to discuss our specific situations and help us resolve some of our specific areas of need.”
“Fonda did a great job. She possesses a great understanding of the content. Her direction is on point and she also exhibits a wonderful perspective and sense of humor.”
Kent McDonald specializes in successfully applying pragmatic approaches to coaching and training business analysts and project managers. His more than 15 years of experience include work in business analysis and planning, project management, and product development in a variety of industries including financial services, health insurance, performance marketing, human services, nonprofit, and automotive. He also coaches software development teams, product development teams in their adoption of and improvement using agile principles, techniques, and approaches.
Kent co-founded the Agile Project Leadership Network (APLN). He is co-author of Stand Back and Deliver: Accelerating Business Agility, a book that brings together immediately usable frameworks and step-by-step processes that help organizations deliver business value and build competitive advantage. Kent is Conference Chair for Agile 2013, was Program Chair for the Agile 2011 Conference in addition to having chaired the Central Iowa Business Analyst Development Day 2009. Kent is a recognized, highly requested, industry speaker within the Business Analysis, Project Management and Agile communities.
He has a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from Iowa State University and an MBA from Kent State University.
“Kent kept everyone engaged. It was a fun class with lots of valuable information. I am looking forward to using these techniques.”
“Great training – very interactive.”
Kate McGoey, Director, Client Solutions, B2T Training, has more than 20 years’ experience in different application development and lifecycle process positions, but finds business analysis is her passion and professional center of gravity. Winner of the inaugural Requirements Lifecycle Award from requirements.net, Kate has both internal back-office and commercial software product development experience. She has performed principal BA or PM roles on technology projects and improvement initiatives serving the management consulting, publishing, life sciences and business services industries.
Kate has been a panelist and featured speaker at BA industry conferences, and a presenter at local IIBA chapter meetings. Discussion topics at these sessions have included professional development, mentoring and career paths for BAs; creating and managing BA Centers of Excellence; effective use of requirements tools on projects; and critical foundations for requirements success.
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With more than 30 years of experience in all phases of systems development, Elaine combines enthusiasm for teaching with product knowledge to captivate her audience.
After receiving a Mathematics degree from the University of Georgia, Elaine began her career as a programmer in a manufacturing company. She quickly advanced to systems analyst, business analyst, project leader and instructor. Her vast industry experience includes software development, insurance, and energy companies, as well as work on government projects. She has worked with Ernst & Young as a consultant and trainer. For the past dozen years Elaine has equipped hundreds of students to handle all facets within a project life cycle.
With teaching certification in SAP, BAAN, Oracle and Siebel, along with teaching experience in data and process modeling and facilitated session leader training, it is easy to see why clients continue to request Elaine for their classroom.
“Not only is Elaine thorough with her curriculum, but her knowledge level is well above par. The examples that she was able to provide, given the questions that were asked, were right on par. Elaine is an excellent instructor and I look forward to taking many more classes with her.”
“Elaine is pleasant and dynamic. She is good at sharing her experiences and drawing on participants’ experiences.”
“Elaine was fantastic! She made the course thoroughly enjoyable while maintaining a learning environment.”
“Elaine is delightful and has great credibility in this field.”
“She brought her experience to the group while allowing participants to share their experiences.”
“Very pleasant and knowledgeable and good at keeping the class focused.”
Paul Mulvey, Director, Client Solutions, B2T Training, has been involved in business analysis since 1995, achieving CBAP designation with the IIBA in 2010. He has served as the lead Business Analyst on projects in several business domains, including sales, marketing, pricing, incentives, customer service, real estate, and CRM. Projects included both custom development and purchased packages.
During his tenure at a large logistics organization, he was one of the founding members of the BA Center of Excellence, and developed the global BA competency operating model. Paul has been a mentor and coach to BAs for over 11 years, and has taught foundational BA skills, business process modeling, use case modeling, BA Measurement, and communication techniques. One of the hallmarks of his communication style is to break down complicated processes and concepts into understandable analogies and explanations. He remains active in the BA community through B2T Training’s Business Analysis blog, participation in social networking sites, and speaking engagements. Paul can be reached at
“Paul is knowledgeable, personable, patient and easy to understand. He made the information easy and fun to learn.”
“Everything Paul covered was useful and I am already applying it today.”
“Paul was very energetic and kept us interested.”
“Instructor had a lot of energy and led great group discussions. He was very knowledgeable about BA. Practical and fun class!”
Jacqueline Sanders has provided training and mentoring throughout her career in the areas of business analysis, database administration, data analysis and process improvement. She earned her Bachelors in Computer Science from Bowling Green State University. Jacqueline possesses over 20 years experience working on projects, using various methodologies and models including agile, RAD, waterfall, object-oriented, UML, work flow automation and CMMI. She has held roles of business analyst, project manager, program manager, tester, DBA, developer and process analyst.
As a guest instructor, Jacqueline uses her experience in the classroom to help bring to life the work of the business analyst. She is as enthusiastic about learning as she is about teaching and she exhibits an interactive teaching style to ensure students leave the class energized and motivated to implement the lessons learned. Jacqueline is a published author and is currently finishing her second book in a series of books related to Intelligent Process Improvement (IPI).
“I can’t say enough about Jacqueline. She is fun, energetic, and knowledgeable. I have no doubt that she is an excellent BA. Her real life experiences taught us just as much as the material. I hope to have her as a future instructor.”
“Jacqueline is clear, stays on course and is respectful of our time. She clearly has a firm grasp on business analysis knowledge and fosters a good learning environment.”
“Jacqueline is obviously well-versed in this area and her easy manner makes the class easy to participate in and learn from.”
“Jacqueline is awesome! She is passionate and knowledgeable about the material. She presents in a very energetic and effective manner.”
Pam Swent has 25 years of experience providing training and consulting services in all phases of systems development methodologies. Pam began her career as an instructor in a computer school and then moved into a 15-year programming career at a prominent financial institution in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Here she developed systems methodologies, trained end-users, facilitated Joint Application Development sessions and served as an internal corporate consultant on a wide variety of MIS issues. In addition, Pam wrote numerous articles and has spoken at national process modeling conferences.
In 1998, she joined Deliotte and Touche Consulting. Two years later, she formed Swent Consulting LLC which provides system development consulting and project management services to clients in the financial services sector. Today she splits her time between her consulting business and B2T Training. This allows Pam to balance the challenges of consulting with the training work she enjoys so much.
“Great class! Pam has a lot of experience that she shared with us. Great energy level. I would love to take another class with her.”
“This is the best training experience I have ever had. Pam makes it fun, and presents the training in a very professional and organized fashion. Outstanding Trainer!”
“Pam did a wonderful job making the course informal – and therefore – “user friendly” and participative. We all learned so much!”
“This class was great. Pam was awesome and so very helpful . I really feel like I learned so much & can’t wait to take it back to the office.”
“Very positive, extremely knowledgeable, created a very comfortable classroom environment.”