Arvind Arcot

Arvind Arcot

Position: Business Analysis Practice Lead
Company: Yarra Valley Water

Arvind brings over 20 years of professional experience, including 13 years as a Consultant and Business Analyst. He has extensive Banking, Finance and ICT sector experience, rounded out by experience in Government (Australian), Transport, Petroleum, Higher Education and Retail. He has been deployed on numerous consulting engagements throughout the Asia Pacific region, enabling him to engage in highly varied client organisations, both culturally and in relation to their core business. He has risen through the ranks within the consulting industry starting as a Consultant to Senior Consultant to a Principal Consultant and also a National BA Practice Manager.

He has built and run a successful Business Analysis Practice (of 330+ Business Analysts) across Australia and New Zealand and has invested a lot of time and effort in coaching and mentoring other Business Analysts and guiding them on their career journey.

Arvind currently leads the BA practice at Yarra Valley Water and has been there for just over a year

Presentation: Building a Business Analysis Practice

We live in a time when being adaptive is no longer a matter of choice, it is a matter of survival for many businesses.

This affects how the businesses operate and changes the expectations of different roles in organisations – business analysis included.

Etienne Wenger states, “Communities of practice are 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. Members of a community of practice are practitioners. They develop a shared repertoire of resources: experiences, stories, tools, ways of addressing recurring problems – in short a shared practice” (

There are various elements that go into establishing and running a successful practice. This presentation will touch on those components and are purely from my experience. Here is my story of how I built my practice at Yarra Valley Water and how I used these various elements to build and run the practice.

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