Announcement: BA Conference Europe 2019 — See You There?

As many of you know, I enthusiastically believe in the value that good quality Business Analysis can bring, and I love speaking, writing and presenting on this and many other topics! In a break from my normal ‘blog’ style, I have a very quick update for you.

I’m really excited to announce I’ll be speaking at the BA Conference Europe 2019. My session is entitled ‘Whose Perspective Is It Anyway? Practical Analysis Techniques for Understanding Tricky Stakeholders’

Attending the conference is always one of the highlights of my year, as it provides a real melting pot of ideas. It’s a great place to meet other BAs and exchange knowledge. There are fantastic presentations from real-world practitioners, and there’s also the opportunity to relax and chat over a beer (or two) after the conference has closed. If you haven’t been before, I’d highly recommend taking a look.

Adrian speaking

The conference is being held in London, from 23 – 25 September. You can find full details of the conference here:

https://irmuk.co.uk/events/business-analysis-conference-europe/

And if you’re on Twitter, you can keep tabs on the preparations for the conference (and the conference itself) using the #BA2019 hashtag.

I hope to see you there…

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Adrian Reed
Principal Consultant
Blackmetric Business Solutions


PS — if you can’t make it to London, I’m equally excited to say that I’ll also be presenting at the BA Summit Southern Africa in Cape Town, which is always an extremely fun and innovative conference, as well as the Building Business Capability conference in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA which is always so much fun too, and is the official conference of IIBA.

I hope to see you there too!

Re-Thinking The Problem: Did You Think Better [On Some Things] When You Were Younger?

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Like most folks I know, I have a whole range of mixed memories from my years at school.  Some fantastically ecstatic, others scary and traumatic, but I suppose the sum of those experiences were all ‘character building’.  If you had met me as a school-age child, you would have found someone who had very strong ideological views, but who so often lacked the ability to express them clearly.  Some would argue that little has changed 🙂

I did fairly well at school, but was also seen as a bit feisty at times—my strong views and beliefs weren’t always compatible with the power structures that existed in schools (those power structures, by the way, extend way beyond the teachers and well into the playground).  One phrase that I remember people who perceived that they had power over me told me time and time again was:

“You’ll think differently when you’re older

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