I joined the BA Challenge as I was interested in being ‘immersed’ in the BA world. I had attended the BBC conference for the first time and heard about the BA Challenge. I was not the least bit sure that I knew what would go on and I looked forward to finding out!
My BA career came about quite naturally (before there was even a BABOK) as I have always been interested in the business side of the world, and I ended up being a ‘liaison’ between the business and IS. My background included SNA – does anyone out there remember that? If not, here’s a history lesson! Systems Network Architecture is a proprietary IBM architecture and set of implementing products for network computing within an enterprise. I started studying Asynch as it was needed for the Calgary Olympics, and then into TCP/IP in mainframes – another anomaly in those days! From there into Service Management consulting, and running a couple of practices, then a Community of Practice, with members that were worldwide. This led up to consulting in IBM’s General Business Unit, and that naturally led to BA type work.
I love working with the business and understanding their business problems (needs) and how technology could solve those problems. I learned a valuable lesson in the late 90’s – that you need to affect a cultural change with a major technology change and that change would be harder than most of the technological changes! Organizational Change management was not a profession yet, although Kotter’s 8 Steps to Change had been in place for quite a while! Look here for more information: http://www.kotterinternational.com/the-8-step-process-for-leading-change/.
This month I’ve seen a program that has been very well thought out, the Tuesdays with an Expert sessions were thought-provoking, and the webinars provided excellent speakers with very topical content. Kaley is an excellent facilitator and the participants got very involved, providing lots of content and things to think about. I appreciated the challenges and the fact that they pushed me out of my comfort zone! This is my 5th blog I have ever written – who knew I had it in me! I will close with a big thank you to the team and to my fellow challengers – this has been a very worthwhile month and I have learned a lot, gained new connections on LinkedIn, and have been challenged. Thank you!