Campfire BA Sketch

Campfire Business Analyst – Guest Jéan Raath

 I (Jéan) recently collaborated with Talia, Sketching Scrum Master, to produce a cheat sheet of sorts for my work on storytelling as a strategic enabler.

I’ve always found great joy in learning from everyday things. Inspired by the magic of narrative and how concepts from it could be applied to my industry and professional skill set, the #campfireBA was born.

I shared some of my insights and personal journey at the #BusinessAnalysis Conference in London, outlining four key principles that can help business analysis practitioners drive strategic change and value delivery.

These principles are:

1. Characters ~ Put People First 

Using empathy, co-creation and trust to put humans over resources.

2. Theme ~ Power of Purpose

Encouraging a culture of motivation, authenticity, belief and values to help people connect to a deeper purpose. 

3. Conflict & Resolution ~ Inspire Action 

Change through action by inspiring, maintaining momentum and creating a “learn, do, share” environment.

4. Plot and Story Arc ~ Context & Structure 

Help people see the big-picture by showing sequence, progression and geolocation (putting things in the context of time and space). 

This amazing sketchnote summarizes these principles and outlines some practical ways to apply them to your day-to-day graft. These ideas sound simple, because they are. Getting them right however takes time and practice! 

You can read more about #campfireBA here or connect with Jéan Raath directly on Twitter or LinkedIn

Download the sketchnote here: Campfire BA Sketch

Campfire BA Sketch

BA Summit Southern Africa – 2016

I had the privilege of being invited to attend the BA Summit Southern Africa this year as the official Sketchnoter for the conference. The BA Summit is organised annually by the South African chapter of the IIBA, the IIBASA.

I must admit, I was extremely impressed by the high standard of the organisation of the event and the calibre of speakers.  I thoroughly enjoyed it and hope that the sketchnotes reflect this.

The organisers of the event put together a consolidated guide of all of the sketchnotes, which you can download here: “A Sketchnoter’s Guide to the BA Summit“.

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Keynotes

Mohamed Bray – Business Analysis is for the Ambitious! 

Twitter: @mo_bray

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Vusi Thembekwayo – Barbarians at the Gate

Twitter: @VusiThembekwayo

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Themba Baloyi – The Power of Business Processes to make a significant difference in people’s lives

Twitter: @thembalih

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Alex Noel – The Bulletproof Business Analyst

Twitter: @BulletProof_BA

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Other amazing speakers

I wasn’t able to attend all of the talks as there were three tracks at the conference. These were the ones that I was able to capture…

Adrian Reed (@UKAdrianReed) – You work in Sales

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Francois Combrinck (@Fcombrinck) – From Stakeholders to Partners

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Curtis Michelson (@SpecsRex) – Create a Context for Change

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Anton Oosthuizen (@Disrupted_BA) – Cheap User Stories: the Agile Achilles Heel

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Andrej Gustin – Do we all react the same way? 

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Ryan Folster (@RyanFolsterSA) – The Evolution of the Strategic Business Analyst

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Ronak Sanghavi (@SanghaviRonak) – Fresh Graduate to entry level BA in 9 weeks! 

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Paige dos Santos (@PaigeCathryn) – Digital Innovation in Africa 

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Munyaradzi Husvu – Model Based Analysis in Agile Environments

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That’s it from the BA Summit 2016: Business Analysis Rising. To find out more about this annual event which is held in South Africa, you can drop them a line on Twitter @basummitsa.