Practical Interactive Facilitation for Business Analysis & Agile Analysis on an Enterprise Scale

Joint event between IIBA and West Yorkshire Branch

Date/Time: Wednesday 23 January 2013, 6.00pm - 9.00pm

White Cloth Gallery, 26 Aire Street, Leeds, LS1 4HT

Speakers: David Smith, Iain Gillespie, Dr Penny Pullan and Simon Cook

We are pleased to announce the first joint event between BCS and the IIBA, to be held next week in Leeds. Sorry for the short notice! 


6.00pm for 6.30pm start

6.30pm -
David Smith - IIBA NW&E Branch / Introductions
6.35pm - 6.45pm
Iain Gillespie - IIBA UK
6.45pm - 7.30pm
Penny Pullan - 'Practical Interactive Facilitation for Business Analysis'
7.30pm - 7.45pm
Comfort Break / Networking
7.45pm - 8.30pm
Simon Cook - 'Agile Analysis on an Enterprise Scale'
8.30pm Closing remarks & Feedback / Suggestion Forms - IIBA NW&W
9.00pm Adjourn to the Gallery's Cafe / Bar to continue networking.


Dr Penny Pullan is an experienced business analyst who holds a range of qualifications, including Certified Professional Facilitator, and who instructs in Business Analysis for ESI. She hosts the virtual BA Summit in November each year, an event attended by thousands of BAs all over the world. She is a Director of 'Making Projects Work Ltd', whose clients range from Rolls Royce to Save the Children, and the UK Government to PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Penny will be talking through and demonstrating some really practical facilitation skills for business analysts, with lots of chances to participate and try things out. She'll focus on what you can do before, during and after project workshops to ensure that people are engaged and so more likely to carry out their actions afterwards.

Simon Cook is the Business Analysis Practice Lead at BJSS Consulting. Simon has over 12 years’ experience working in project delivery for large multinational Financial Services organisations. For much of this time, he has specialised in business analysis & design roles on real time Trading, Pricing and Risk systems, and large, green-field deliveries.

Simon will share BJSS Consulting’s experiences of Business Analysis and Agile Development working on real-world projects for large multinational organisations. Historically, Agile had its origins in small, mobile delivery teams making rapid deliveries. In today’s multi-component landscape, where business requirements penetrate a number of applications, complexities are introduced, such as:

  • How to organise a large BA team for success.
  • How to balance an Agile approach with the need to share information across a large group.
  • How to structure analysis and test artefacts to improve the chances of success.