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2013 COLUMBUS BAPDD Business Analysis Professional Development Day

When: Friday Sept. 13


After selling out last years conference, this years event will be moving downtown to the Renaissance Hotel, 50 North Third Street, Columbus, Oh 43215. This years conference is packed with nationally known keynotes, excellent breakouts and fantastic networking opportunities! Spend the day networking at the premier Business Analysis event in Columbus and learning core skills, agile, and leadership from local practitioners and high powered keynotes.

Professional Development:
6 CDU’s and PDU’s will be available.

Admission: Non-members $150,
Members $125 (members must enter their chapter promo code to receive the member discount)
Group Discounts are available!
Contact Brian Watson – IIBA chapter president – or Ronda Leach at

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Monthly Newsletter – February 2012

COHAA would like to invite you to continue this strong partnership with COHAA by participating in three exciting events in February..

COHAA/IIBA Feb LIG- Your Project’s Legacy
People in the Application Development world tend to forget what every CIO knows; It costs more to maintain an application than build it. At some point your project will end (by definition a project must have an end), and the maintenance team will take over. In an Agile world where working software is valued more than comprehensive documentation, how does a BA make sure to leave the maintenance team enough information to maintain and enhance the application they just built?

Date: 2/17/12
Time: 7:00 – 8:30 AM
Cost: (Free) Including Breakfast
Location: Cardinal Solutions, 401 N. Front St Ste 210, Columbus, Ohio 43215

Building Agile Skills
With adoption of agile increasing every day the movement has a big obstacle in front of it: How do we best transform thousands of people. Let’s discuss what works best:
•Boot Camps
•On the Job Training
This session will be an interactive discussion with several facilitator-led activities to ensure we have a productive discussion.

Time: 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Date: 2/22/12
Cost: Free (Including Dinner)
Location: Platform Lab 1275 Kinnear Road Columbus, OH 43212

Measuring Productivity Across Agile Teams
The most important IT project in your company’s history is coming up, and you need to assign it to your best Agile team, how do you figure out which team it is? Or maybe your just deciding how to pass out year-end bonuses, how do you tell which teams performed the best? For one reason or another, any company with multiple Agile teams will at some point want to compare those teams to see which teams are being more productive. How do you measure a team’s productivity? Can you measure a team’s productivity? We will explore these questions and more at this upcoming Agile Lunchbox in a “Fishbowl Panel”.

Date: 2/29
Time: 11:30m – 1:00pm
Cost: Free (Including Lunch)
Location: OCLC, 6565 Kilgour Place, Dublin, OH 43017

For more details and to RSVP, please visit

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Monthly Newsletter – January 2012

COHAA would like to invite you to start off 2012 by participating in two exciting events in January..

Inspire: 10 Keys to Unlock Your Team
Start your new year off right by gaining 10 pragmatic techniques to inspire your team. Whether you are a stakeholder, a team lead or a team member, join us for an interactive session as we discover ways to unlock the power concealed within your team.
Date and Time: 01/26/2012 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Location: Improving Enterprises
4449 Easton Way, Suite 100 Columbus, OH

Agile PM LIG: Leaner, Better, Faster: Agile or Traditional
Agile PM Local Interest Group is hosted by COHAA and the Central Ohio Chapter of PMI.
At this month’s facilitated discussion, participants will have a chance to discuss Agile vs. Traditional Frameworks with David Milo. Are they really that different? When do you decide to implement one vs. another?
Date and Time: 1-20-2012 7.00 am to 8:30 am
Location: Careworks Technology
5555 Glendon Ct. Dublin, OH 43016

For more details and to RSVP, please visit

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Upcoming COHAA Events in Sep and Oct

COHAA is excited to present two unique events to its members in the upcoming months….

Agile vs. Waterfall, The Great Debate

Join PMI and COHAA for this exciting debate about the merits of Waterfall and Agile. Johanna Compton will represent Waterfall and Elaine McCormick will represent Agile. In this debate, you will learn about the strengths and weaknesses of both methodologies, and which methodology is best suited to a situation.
To submit a question for the debate please e-mail
Date and Time: 9/29 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Location: Ohio Dept. of Transportation.
1980 W. Broad St. Columbus OH, 43223

The Promise & Reality of Agile after 10 Years

This February we saw the 10 year anniversary of the Agile manifesto. National Speaker, Dave West, Principal Analyst at Forrester research will discusses the promise of Agile, and the reality of its use. This presentation draws on over 300 interviews and surveys undertaken by Forrester in the area of enterprise Agile adoption and provides attendees with a clear set of recommendations for how organizations should approach Agility.
Date and Time: 10/6 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Location: Grange Insurance
671 S. High St. Columbus OH, 43206

For more detals and to RSVP please visit

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Agile Coach Camp USA 2011

Agile Coach Camp is an awesome, low cost, non-profit conference where coaches come to network and develop ideas and practices for enhancing agile software development. It’s an Open Space, self-organizing, highly participative conference for leaders and aspiring leaders in the industry. Agile Coach Camps have been held worldwide since the first camp in Ann Arbor in 2008. It is exciting to have this event back in the midwest this year.

This year’s camp will be in Columbus OH, from Friday, September 23 through Sunday, September 25. Friday will be an Agile Games day and the remaining portion of the conference will be Open Space.

Why attend Coach Camp? It is a great place to meet and learn from other people actively involved in agile transformation across the country.
Please check out these conference links for more details:
Agile Coach Camp
Agile Coach Camp Games Day Agenda

Register quickly! Space is limited. (Cost is $40.00 for Agile Games day and $20.00 for Coach Camp.)