Conferences for professionals in the information technology industry

Semenova Natalia Nikolaevna

Senior Business Analyst
Epam Systems


How to improve business analysts competences


Have you ever had to improve your BA skills in a short period of time? Reading books, searching for best practices via the Internet, listening to podcasts, participating in conferences, investigating BABOK and getting certificates - those are good ways to get some knowledge. But before any knowledge turns into practical skills you need some real practice.  

How many years do you need to turn the knowledge of the 50 BABOK techniques into practical skills?

To be honest, this is not a unique problem. The need for self-development appears regularly. We constantly want to improve our competences. Our colleagues need us to help them grow.

In fact, we’re dealing with a bold challenge which has led us to develop our own approach which has already helped a large number of BAs. Just come to the session to hear about our way and to share your thoughts and ideas. And together we can make this problem a bit less complicated.

See you!

Audience level
Regular Talk (40 min)

The role of a Business Analyst in solving non-standard problems in complex projects


There are no ready solutions when working with complications. Also, there is no appropriate framework for complex projects.

The author aim is creating a basic approach to deal with non-standard situations and looking for patterns in solving complex problems in the business analyst responsibility area.


Within the talk, we will try to systemize project complications, identify their causes and effects, and define in what degree a business analyst may impact them. We will also discuss the suggested approach of cases analysis and try to apply it to different situations.

Audience level
Regular Talk (40 min)

User Stories differs


Within this presentation we are going to discuss User stories specifics which appears in large projects delivered via few releases and implemented by few teams. We will discuss such questions as: what are the challenges that BA faces with on her way to archive an optimal Story; which factors should be taken into consideration when defining the approach; what can a regular BA do for that and whether she really should do it; who will evaluate her efforts (at least if it will be ever evaluated).

A real case from large, long and possibly overly agile project is at the heart of presentation. You will see how challenges may affect the approach and develop BA-creation. For sure we will consider the prospects  from BABOK and other guides, as well as some conclusions made with our colleagues, which helped us to drive these interesting exciting challenges.

Audience level
Regular Talk (40 min)

Customer Engagement and Transparency in large projects


There is an attempt to define the applicability of Customer engagement approach into project development. On the negative example of a large project, we will consider pros & cons of different approaches to collaboration with a customer. The scale and duration of the project let the author a possibility to track the dynamic and evaluate customer engagement influence to a project success. While searching solution we will make methodology base analysis on BABOK chapter’ example. Undiscovered and white areas of customer engagement practical perspectives have seemed as a good perspective of the report.

Audience level
Regular Talk (40 min)