Leading the Garden State in Business Analysis


Calendar of Events

The New Jersey Chapter presents the very best and informative programming for Business Analysts.  Chapter Meetings include opportunities for networking, great speakers on current topics, certification information, support, and tons of FUN.

For Onsite Events, unless otherwise noted in the event registration, a nominal fee of $5.00 (members & location sponsor employees) and $15.00 (non-members) will be charged for event registration and includes a light dinner.

Lunch & Learns are FREE for Chapter members and $10.00 for non-members.

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Upcoming events

    • 09/14/2017
    • 5:45 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Microsoft, 101 Wood Ave South, 9th Fl, Iselin NJ 08830 or Virtual
    • 83

    Evening's Schedule

    5:45 PM -  6:00 PM     Networking

    6:00 PM -  6:30 PM     Design SIG

    6:30 PM -  7:30 PM      Feature Presentation

    7:30 PM  - 7:45  PM      Q&A and Meeting Wrap up


    Feature Presentation:

    Embrace and Adapt to Change 

    Bob Miglani


    The speech will address how we can Embrace and Adapt to Change and Move Forward in our lives, our jobs and our organizations. The author explains how he lived through change and uncertainty in his own life, corporate career and in business - and learned to embrace it - now help others embrace change to find success in their jobs and business. I offer real lessons for real times.





    Personal Site: http://www.embracethechaos.com/



    Author of The Washington Post Bestselling book, Embrace the Chaos, which is about learning to move forward in times of change, uncertainty and disruption. Grew up helping my family run our Dairy Queen store, which was the subject of my first book, Treat Your Customers. Worked in corporate America for Pfizer Inc. for 23 years. Helped my spouse start and build her business while raising our three kids. Have worked and traveled in over 30 countries. Live outside of New York City.


    Design SIG: 


    Data Visualization: Making sense of the complex data driven world 

    Data visualization is the graphical display of abstract information for two purposes: sense-making (also called data analysis) and communication. Important stories live in our data and data visualization is a powerful means to discover and understand these stories, and then to present them to others.



    Bhupinder Juneja started out as a Business Analyst with Best Buy but soon took on the mantle of Product Designer and Advisory Data Scientist at IBM. He is now a lecturer at the University of Minnesota and is actively writing his PhD dissertation.

    Professional Site:

    • 10/12/2017
    • 5:45 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Microsoft, 101 Wood Ave South, 9th Fl, Iselin NJ 08830 or Virtual
    • 88

    Evening's Schedule

    5:45 PM -  6:00 PM     Networking

    6:00 PM -  6:30 PM     Design SIG

    6:30 PM -  7:30 PM      Feature Presentation

    7:30 PM  - 7:45  PM      Q&A and Meeting Wrap up


    Feature Presentation:

    How to Brand and Market yourself as a BA

    Matt Donnelly

    Do you have an idea for a product and aren't sure if it truly meets a market need? Are you confused about pricing or market segmentation? 

    Both new and established companies face this same problem, so you're not alone.

    Now you can stop guessing whether anyone will buy your product or service. You can know with a level of certainty that reduces your risk and makes profitability far more likely.

    Imagine going to angel investors with DATA showing which features your target audience love AND how much they're willing to pay? Add in which audience segments like which features, and you've got a compelling offer that eliminates guesswork, hunches, and gut feels. 

    Most product launches fail because customer research and pricing are afterthoughts. Don't become a statistic. Let Donnelly Creative show you how to set your product or service up for success.

    Taking the right steps in the discovery and research phase will help you validate and then position your idea so you avoid wasting money by investing in building a product or service that will never turn a profit.



    Matt runs Donnelly Creative - a creative consultancy that helps your products and services find success.



    Design SIG: 


    UX Design - Finding the Mental Model for Business

    For centuries designers, like architects and graphic designers, have been finding and understanding mental models and using them to create objects, homes and posters. What we call User Experience, or UX, is the first design field to apply those techniques to a non-physicalized object, or abstract concept, such as a business. In the past, businesses iterated on their business models and tested them on their customers. UX doesn't change that but adds another layer. Before iterating on the business model, UX researches and iterates on the mental models of the customer, and that feeds into and informs the business model iterations. Research techniques, like interviews and card sorting, are universal, time-tested and used in many of the social sciences; but instead of using the research to increase our knowledge, designers use it to create. 
    To be successful, UX Designers must bridge three different fields: social sciences, design, and business. We will talk about how a UX'er is continuously crossing all those bridges to achieve better usability for users, higher satisfaction for customers, and more profits for the business. Social science techniques like interviews and affinity diagrams are used by the UX

    Designer to create knowledge and empathy, forming the base of the users' mental model. On the design bridge, a UX'er uses the mental model to create personas and user flow diagrams, highlighting the most relevant pieces of the mental model. Business products, like software or models, will be redesigned with this deeper understanding of the user. A successful business will validate the redesigned business model; so the UX'er is back on the social science bridge researching the current mental model of the user. And so the cycle continues, iteration after iteration, redesigning businesses. When this is done well, it creates the best possible experience for users, long-lasting customers, and successful world-changing companies. 



    Jason Prunty

    I am an experienced Product Designer with a diverse design foundation that includes working in industrial design, designing and building computers from scratch, and teaching architecture, photography, and User Experience.
    Currently I am leading a team of designers at Sungard Availability Services, as we design the next generation of business continuity software. The UX team is successfully integrating Sungard AS's user-centered design process into an agile development framework.
    In the past, I have focused on the enterprise space, crafting user-friendly interfaces and business models for large companies ranging from the World Bank to Johnson & Johnson. I have provided insightful digital strategy and design rationale to clients as a consultant and researcher.
    When I am not in the office, you might find me engineering the perfect soft pretzel, renovating a corner of our 100-year-old row home, or creating a user-friendly Philly outing for my wife and daughters.


    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jjprnty 
    Twitter: @jjprnty

    • 11/09/2017
    • 5:45 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Microsoft: 101 Wood Ave South, 9th Floor, Metro Park 101, Iselin, NJ 08830
    & Chapter Elections 

      Positions up for re-election:
    • VP of Professional Development
    • VP of Membership
    • VP of Marketing
    • Secretary

    Special Note:  

    You must be at the event site to cast your ballot.


    Evening's Schedule

    5:45 PM – 6:00 PM     Networking and Light Dinner

    6:00 PM – 6:30 PM     AGM and Chapter Elections

    6:30 PM – 7:30 PM     Presentation

    7:30 PM – 7:45 PM     Election Results

    7:45 PM - 8:00 PM     Q&A & Meeting Wrap Up

    • 12/14/2017
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Bridgewater TGI Fridays 395 US HWY 202/206 (in the Somerset Shopping Center) Bridgewater, NJ 08807

    You are cordially invited to meet the members of our chapter board and to network with them and your other fellow Business Analysts at our Holiday Social and Networking Event.

    Please join us at the TGI Friday's in Bridgewater for a relaxing evening of camaraderie and conversation in a separate space in the restaurant.  There is no fee to attend but please register so we have an approximate head count for the venue.  Just drop in, and tell the host or hostess that you are with the IIBA.  As always, both members and non-members are welcome.

    The chapter will start off the evening with appetizers.  Drinks will be pay as you go.

    Please feel free to forward this email to your BA colleagues at work who may not be familiar with the IIBA.  We are happy to welcome newcomers.

    We are looking forward to seeing you there!

    The IIBA NJ Board

    For directions, click here.

Past events

06/15/2017 IIBA NJ Spring Networking & Social Event
05/11/2017 Four Techniques for Creative Problem Solving
04/13/2017 Mastering the best that Visio has to offer. Secrets from a MVP!
03/09/2017 Welcome to the BA Café – How to Envision ‘Business Analysis’ as a Business
02/09/2017 An Evening with the New interim President & CEO of IIBA
01/12/2017 Never look at process models the same again
12/08/2016 Holiday Social and Networking Event
11/10/2016 Designing Your Critical Thinking Landscape
10/13/2016 Agile Business Analysis & Annual General Meeting
06/09/2016 Driving BA Impact through Business Architecture & Capabilities-based Planning
05/12/2016 Decision Models in Action: TDM, DMN, and Interactive Exercises; Sponsored by SAPIENS DECISION
04/27/2016 Lunch & Learn: Decision Modeling for Everyone: Are We There Yet? (Yes!)
04/14/2016 Evening Webinar: What If You Build It & They Won’t Buy It: Six Steps to Plan and Manage Requirements Problems Before They Happen
04/14/2016 Driving BA Impact through Business Architecture & Capabilities-based Planning
03/10/2016 Mastering Critical Thinking for Effective Leadership
03/02/2016 Lunch & Learn: Business isn’t joining the scrum?
02/11/2016 IoT, the Cloud, and maximizing your Business Analysis
02/03/2016 Lunch & Learn: Business Process Modeling - Tips and Tricks, based on BABOK V3
01/12/2016 Lunch & Learn: For Business Analysts Only: Why Data Analysts Need You
12/15/2015 Holiday Social and Networking Event
12/10/2015 Lunch & Learn: Badass Business Analysis Techniques.
11/19/2015 From 'BA to CA', Pushing Out the Boundaries, followed by our Annual General Meeting
11/10/2015 Study Group - More Drills for Requirements Analysis
11/03/2015 Study Group - Drills for Requirements Analysis
10/13/2015 Study Group - Drills for Business Analysis Planning and Monitoring
09/30/2015 Win a Free Pass to ProjectSummit*BusinessAnalystWorld in NYC !!!
09/29/2015 Study Group - Drills for Enterprise Analysis
09/24/2015 CBAP/CCBA Certification Prep Study Group, BABOK V2
09/15/2015 Study Group - Drills for General BABOK Knowledge and Underlying Competencies
09/12/2015 Certification Prep Study Group – Saturday mornings - Virtual
09/10/2015 Certification Prep Study Group – Thursday evenings - Virtual
08/20/2015 CBAP/CCBA application Work Experience section - Learn this simple method. You can do it!
07/16/2015 Summer Social and Networking Event
06/25/2015 June Chapter Meeting: BABOK Guide V3 - What's New & Why it Matters
06/24/2015 Lunch & Learn: Case Study: Building BA Excellence in a Distributed Organization
05/21/2015 May Chapter Meeting: Decision Modeling 2015 - What Business Analysts Need to Know and the Current State of Adoption, with The Decision Model co-inventor Barbara von Halle
04/28/2015 Lunch & Learn: Competencies of the new CIO with Larry Bonfante
04/23/2015 April Chapter Meeting: AXA 's Agile BA Toolkit - Preparing BAs for the Agile World
04/08/2015 Lunch & Learn: BREAKTHROUGH BUSINESS ANALYSIS - Implementing and Sustaining a Value-based Practice
03/25/2015 March Chapter Meeting: Big Data and Business Analysis: What You Need to Know!
02/25/2015 Lunch & Learn: A Case Study: How to Use the Decision Model to Implement Compliancy Business Rules in an Agile Environment
02/19/2015 Knowing the BABOK can help you on a BA Job Interview!
01/28/2015 Lunch & Learn: Leveraging Use Cases As A Requirements Elicitation Tool
01/19/2015 CBAP/CCBA Study Group Information Session
01/15/2015 'Building a Convincing Business Case', by IIBA Board Vice Chair Ken Fulmer
12/11/2014 Holiday Social and Networking Event
11/20/2014 A Business Case for Enterprise Analysis
11/05/2014 LUNCH & LEARN: Business Analyst’s Guide to Microsoft Visio 2013
10/16/2014 Improvisation for Innovation, Collaboration, and Communication with Jim Tosone, and Annual General Meeting
10/01/2014 LUNCH & LEARN: Elements of Requirements Style
09/24/2014 LUNCH & LEARN: How I passed the CBAP Exam
09/18/2014 Breaking Requirements Down into Core Components presented by Kate McGoey
07/30/2014 LUNCH & LEARN: Can you be a little bit Agile?
07/17/2014 Roundtable Discussion CANCELLED!
06/24/2014 LUNCH & LEARN: Agile Business Analysis: The Role of a BSA – Nothing or Everything?
06/19/2014 State Modeling
05/15/2014 Philadelphia Financial Satellite: Develop Organizational and Individual BA Expertise
05/15/2014 Develop Organizational and Individual BA Expertise
05/07/2014 LUNCH & LEARN: Requirements Management and Agile
04/24/2014 Novonordisk Satellite: Secrets of Powerful Communication by Christa Kirby
04/24/2014 Secrets of Powerful Communication by Christa Kirby
03/20/2014 The Future of Decision Modeling: Times Are Changing
02/20/2014 BABOK Jeopardy Challenge
01/28/2014 LUNCH & LEARN: Certification
01/16/2014 BBC 2013 Recap: What happened in Vegas comes back to NJ! AND Volunteer Appreciation Night
11/21/2013 Business Analysts as Champions of Change by Tom Ryder and Pharma/BioTech SIG update by Michael Callouri
10/17/2013 Building High-Impact Relationships for Optimal Solutions / Chapter AGM
09/19/2013 The Psychology of Business Analysis, Moving Beyond Our Own Limitations - Dr. Jerry Smith, LiquidHub
08/15/2013 Bringing Big Data to a billion users by Microsoft's Rajeev Chakrabarti
07/18/2013 Roundtable Discussion
06/20/2013 Aspect-Oriented Requirements Analysis Applied presented by Yuri Chernak, Ph.D.
05/16/2013 Social Collaboration presented by Bridget Burne
04/18/2013 The Decision Model for Business Analysts 2013 presented by Barbara von Halle
03/22/2013 The Art of Influence by Jeff Scott, VP of Business and Technology Strategy for Accelare Inc.
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