BA Communities of Practice – IIBA® Scotland Event


 IIBA® UK – Scotland Branch Event (BA Communities of Practice)

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We’ve written a short post following another well attended IIBA branch event, hosted by Lloyd’s Banking Group in Edinburgh.

7 (ish) Considerations for Business Analysis Communities of Practice (CoP) was the topic of discussion.    A popular topic as it seemed many BAs were keen to explore the key elements for setting up, developing and growing a BA CoP.

Be Positive’s Vicky Di Ciacca presented the topic and began by imparting her own wide-ranging knowledge and research about CoPs.  Vicky reminded us that a strong community really does foster interactions and encourages a willingness to share ideas.  In small groups we debated the why and why not, particular groups could be classed as a CoP.  From the BA’s lunching and learning to the hip hop dancers who do their thang twice weekly, to the fin-tech start up peeps that often link-up.

This reinforced that CoPs come in all sorts of forms but what they all have in common, is that they each involve groups of people who “share a concern or a passion for something they do and learn how to do it better as they interact regularly” (Wenger, 2005).

In groups we gathered examples of common activities, resources and tips & tricks helpful for a BA CoP – here’s what came out of those discussions:

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Next up, in different small groups, we captured the top 10 brand values for a BA CoP.  It made me chuckle that most attendees shared an urge to categorise and prioritise the lists we were creating; we just can’t help ourselves.

One group got carried away and added an 11th Value, passion and enthusiasm.

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Passion is a recurring theme from these events; ultimately it’s a passion for the BA profession that drives people together after a day’s work.

Someone pointed out that these type of events can sometimes be a bit dry but not for a group of pumped up BAs sharing and learning.


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