Semenova Natalia Nikolaevna
Lead Business Analyst - Epam Systems
Saint Petersburg, Russia
Talks (7)
  • 31.08.2021
    Building expectations on BA work based on BA operating model definition

    Have you noticed that we understand the BA role quite differently? Our daily work, its quality, our activities and even communication circles hardly depend on it. If lacking comprehensive information, we are forming wrong expectations, which lead to disappointments and conflicts.
    Which actually might be easily avoided.
    Within this talk, we will learn how to define expectations on BA work in different situations. We'll consider a few cases with opposite setups (different project phases, processes, teams) and determine how BA roles may drastically differentiate. We'll see how this impacts the feedback on our work. We'll define which aspects should be clarified first when discovering mutual expectations on BA work and project. As a result, we'll come up with an adaptive approach for BA operating model definition.
    Just half an hour or your time will save you kilometres of nerve cells.
    Come up and don't forget to take your mobile gadgets with you. Let's interact!

    • Average
    • 40 min
    • Analyst Days / 13
  • 27.01.2021
    Risk management. Nice theory and real practice. How to apply the technique effectively

    Have you ever faced such a situation when unpredicted circumstances totally change project direction? Is it your case, when project risk-management tools have been used very formally and really don't make sense in the prevention of potential problems? 

    I suggest you take part in this interactive presentation. We'll consider a project case full of uncertainty and hazards. Every participant may take part in forming a common vision of reasonable risk-log, just using a smartphone for anonymous and autonomous voting. We'll go through the main stages of risk management, turning conscious and unconscious fears and phobias into measurable risks with mitigation plans.

    And the main bonus: the demonstrated and tested approach is reusable and easily adaptable for different project setups and cases!

    NB! Please take your smartphones! (it will be convenient even for introverts)

    • Average
    • 40 min
    • Analyst Days / 12
  • 31.07.2020
    Value proposition of Service IT company for BA professional and career path

    The author proposes to consider the challenges faced by Business Analysts in IT and product companies as a valuable part of BAs career path. Such obstacles block BAs from effective work. And the key question here is how to accelerate self-development working properly and moving from operational to tactic and strategic levels.

    Keeping BA hard skills out of scope for this talk, the author presents a systematic overview of professional challenges which Business Analyst deal with on his way from requirement engineering to collaboration with C-level Customer representatives.

    Additionally, the author provides Service IT-companies capabilities for such over-professional development.

    • Average
    • 40 min
    • Analyst Days / 11
  • 03.10.2019
    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!

    • Average
    • 1 h 30 min
    • Analyst Days / 11
  • 25.03.2019
    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.

    • Average
    • 40 min
    • Analyst Days / 10
  • 09.10.2018
    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.

    • Average
    • 40 min
    • Analyst Days / 9
  • 27.02.2018
    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.


    • Average
    • 40 min
    • Analyst Days / 8
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