Briana Ertanin

Briana Ertanin

Position: Business Analyst Practice Lead
Company: Toyota Financial Services

Briana is an accomplished professional with a hybrid skillset spanning business analysis, change management, project and delivery management. She has experience in hands-on delivery as well as leadership, coaching and mentoring. Briana is currently leading the PM and BA Practice of Toyota Financial Services.

Briana is very passionate about the future of business analysis and the opportunities for professional upskilling with agile knowledge and experience. Briana is CBAP® as well as certified in the Agile Analysis Certification – IIBA® as part of the pilot group applicants worldwide. Briana was previously a Director of Marketing in the National Board of IIBA Australia and led the Education and Certification portfolio at the Sydney Branch of the Australian Chapter.

Presentation: The Success Stories of the Accidental BAs- meandering journeys full of twists, lessons learnt and unexpected turns

My first professional life incarnation was a lawyer, followed up by international business consulting, tourism and hospitality, motherhood, fashion until accidentally landing in an IT BA role. Similarly, over the years I met many other BAs with diverse professional backgrounds.

This presentation looks at the skills, knowledge and traits that such unorthodox BAs carry on from one professional life to another.

By identifying the transferable “long life” skills, we will explore how to build up professional toolbox and match previous experience to future job needs – even when they are labelled very differently on the surface.

In addition, the presentation will look at the skills and competencies that are expected to be in high demand in the future and subsequently which of our current talents will prepare us best for future competition.

Finally, the presentation draws on the importance of core business analysis competencies and how they can benefit the business professionals beyond the classic BA roles and jobs.

BABOK V3 Alignment: Chapter 2: Business Analysis Key Concepts, Chapter 9: Underlying Competencies, Chapter 10: Techniques, Chapter 11: Perspectives