Pardeep Dhanda


Agile Practice Director, QA Ltd

Paddy Dhanda is the Agile Practice Director at QA Ltd, the largest Technology training provider in the UK. He is the former head of Agile learning for a global bank where he rolled out Agile education to over 100k agilists.
Paddy has worked in the field of Business Analysis for almost 20 years and led a global Business Analysis Community of Practice comprising of over 2k practitioners. He is the former IIBA UK Midlands Communities Director.

Paddy is passionate about creating engaging learning experiences through visual thinking, gamification and storytelling. He regularly shares insights with industry thought leaders via his podcast, the Peaky Agilist. He also tells really bad jokes according to his two young children.

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Presentation: Secret Sauce for Building Successful Communities of Practice

As demand for Business Analysts (BA) is increasing, organizations are looking to standardize analysis processes and methods. We started a journey at Deutsche Bank to internalize many of our BA roles at a global scale and prepare for an Agile transformation across technology. A key enabler for promoting best practices and improving collaboration across our 2000+ BA practitioners was the introduction of Communities of Practice. But what is the secret sauce to creating a successful Community of Practice?
In this presentation, Paddy will go through his personal journey of how he setup a small BA Community of Interest to become an integral part of the overall ecosystem in building a Global BA Community of Practice at Deutsche Bank. Delegates will hear about the approaches used to grow memberships and successfully roll-out global initiatives, as well as lessons learned on what approaches to avoid when embarking on a similar journey.
Learning Objectives:
1) Explanation of what is a Community of Practice
2) BA leadership qualities required to create a successful BA Community of Practice
3) How to structure a Community of Practice within a global organisation
4) Strategies to increase participation within the Community of Practice
5) Examples of successful global initiatives