Event Listings

Chapter Evening Event: Preparing for Certification

Chapter Lunch Event

Jay Ress of Outset Group will present a short overview of the new IIBA exams and certifications and then will lead a panel discussion of members who have experience of taking the test recently.

Please bring your questions and receive answers and suggestions for planning your next steps!

Bio: 

Jay Ress is the founder and Managing Principal of The Outset Group, a Nashville-based consulting and training firm. Jay is known in Nashville and national circles as a thought leader, consultant, project manager, and entrepreneur. As a consultant, he has contributed to the success of Nashville’s top corporations, universities, and government agencies. He has also built a reputation for leading mission-critical technology and business projects to success.
Jay’s love of teaching and desire to contribute to the professional community has also resulted in The Outset Group becoming a valued training resource. Under his direction, The Outset Group has become an IIBA Endorsed Education Provider, a PMI Registered Education Provider (Global), a GSA-approved training vendor to the U.S. government, and a strategic partner with SolutionsIQ, the nation’s largest pure-play agile service provider.
Jay has lived in Nashville for twenty years. He is a past Fulbright-Hays research fellow in the field of rural health care, and is a black belt in the martial art of aikido. He is raising two wonderful children, and serves as a Little League coach and youth martial arts instructor.

When: 
Tuesday, August 22, 2017 - 5:30pm
Time: 

5:30 - 7:00 p.m.

Location: 

Microsoft OneCity
8 City Blvd, Suite 403
Nashville, TN 37203
Room: Multipurpose Room (MPR)
Parking is available under the building.

Note: Address is new and might not be in GPS yet. If this is the case, go to the building across the railroad tracks behind HCA Bldg 4 (2555 Park Plaza, Nashville, TN 37203)

Meal: 

Drinks and snacks will be provided.

Cost: 

Registration is Required

Members of Nashville Chapter - Free
Non-members & guests - $5

Sponsors: 

The Mission Critical but Misunderstood Skill: Elicitation

Chapter Lunch Event

Cynthia Anderson (Manager, Clinical Business Solution Analysis, HCA)

The business analysis practice is young and there continues to be confusion about the role, responsibilities and value of the BA. Other than the often heard “What is a BA?” question that persists, the second frustration is the stubborn persistence that a BA gathers requirements. In reality requirements aren’t sitting around in a perfect state waiting to be gathered like Easter eggs, rather the business analyst discovers or elicits good requirements through skills like planning, listening and asking exploratory questions. Understanding the definition of elicitation is the first step toward realizing the additional skills needed to successfully deliver a solid set of solution requirements. Elicitation utilizes a set of techniques that aids the BA in exploring the stakeholders’ requirements. These techniques have proven to be effective when the BA implements them appropriately depending on the needs of the project and the availability of the stakeholders. This presentation lists the steps of each technique along with the strengths and weaknesses. This information presents the most common elicitation techniques and best practices. Adding these tools to their tool set better equips the business analyst and adds value to the project. The goals in presenting this material are to advance the value of business analysis which includes education and awareness. Elevation of this role involves professional recognition that elicitation is a distinctive skill the BA brings to the table.

Learning Objectives

- Define multiple elicitation techniques
- State the steps involved in each technique. Match appropriate elicitation techniques with scenarios
- Define multiple question types used to elicit information

Cynthia Anderson manages a team of clinical business analysts in the Business Analysis Center of Excellence in IT&S at Hospital Corporation of America (HCA). Cynthia has been with HCA since early 2008 where she began as a consulting business analyst in IT&S Product Development. She joined the newly formed Center of Excellence in 2010 and was promoted to manager in 2014. Cynthia has over 20 years of IT&S and business experience including roles in business analysis, project management, design and development, management and database administration. A graduate from Belmont University in Information Systems Management, Cynthia also completed her Six Sigma Green Belt certification at HCA. A native of Nashville, Cynthia has seen the healthcare landscape evolve along with advances in technology.

When: 
Thursday, May 11, 2017 - 11:30am
Time: 

11:30AM-12:00PM Networking
12:00PM-01:00PM Lecture

Location: 

Microsoft @ OneCity, 8 City Blvd, Nashville, TN 37209

Cost: 

Registration is Required

$20.00 members and $30.00 for non-members

Registration is closed. Walk-ins are welcome!

Happy Hour at Flyte World Dining & Wine

Networking Events

You are cordially invited to join us for networking and snacks at Flyte World Dining & Wine.

Members, non-members and future members are all welcome to enjoy complimentary appetizers while getting to know others in our field.

Cash bar will be available.

Registration is required.

When: 
Thursday, February 23, 2017 - 5:30pm
Time: 

5:30PM - 7:30PM

Location: 

Flyte World Dining & Wine
718 Division St.
Nashville, TN. 37203

Cost: 

Registration is Required

Chapter Evening Event: Process Improvement II

Chapter Lunch Event

Jim Langlois (Director of Process Improvement HCA IT&S)

What did Lucile Ball know about Process improvement ? Come and see… Join Jim to laugh , talk and participate in process Improvement. We will cover an interesting way to get your business customers involved in mapping out their current state and get them on their feet to improve their processes before a technical solution is put in place.

Jim has been with HCA since 2008. He has been in his current position as Director of Process Innovation since 2012. Prior to building the Process Innovation Department for IT&S Jim worked with HCA’s PSG group managing a team of analysts building interfaces for an enterprise wide EMR.

Since the inception of the Process Innovation department at HCA the IT&S Organization has experienced unprecedented amounts of process improvement and generated in excess of $20 Million in process improvement savings.
Jim has over 15 years of experience across IT operations and development departments in three different industries. Jim Started his IT career at Ford Motor Credit Company working on enterprise system implementation projects. Jim earned his Black Belt at Ford Motor Credit in 2006. He then transitioned to Tractor Supply Company and eventually to HCA.

Jim enjoys spending his time away from work with his wife and son and two dogs. He likes to be outdoors and explore. He also enjoys sports, Basketball and Football and Shooting.

When: 
Thursday, January 19, 2017 - 5:30pm
Time: 

5:30PM - 7:30PM

Location: 

Microsoft OneCity
8 City Blvd, Suite 403
Nashville, TN 37203

Room: Multipurpose Room (MPR)

Parking is available under the building

Note: Address is new and might not be in GPS yet. If this is the case, go to the building across the railroad tracks behind HCA Bldg 4 (2555 Park Plaza, Nashville, TN 37203)

Meal: 

Drinks and snacks will be provided

Cost: 

Registration is Required

Members of Nashville Chapter - $5
Non-members & guests - $10

Registration is Closed.

Happy Hour at Sambuca!

Networking Events

You are cordially invited to join us for networking and snacks at Sambuca in the Gulch.

Members, non-members and future members are all welcome to enjoy complimentary appetizers while getting to know others in our field.

Cash bar will be available.

Registration is required.

When: 
Thursday, November 10, 2016 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm
Location: 

601 12th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203

Cost: 

Registration is Required

Registration is Closed. Walk-Ins are always welcome!