Paul Benn

Paul Benn

Position: Analyst Consultant
Company: Redvespa

Paul is a pragmatic business analyst with 25+ years’ business and systems experience within multiple different industries in New Zealand and South Africa. He has worked many different industries as a business analyst including Regional NZ Government, Government services (Fire and Emergency and Kainga Ora, Financial Services (Banking, Wealth Management and Insurance in South Africa), New Zealand Defence Force, District Health Board, Health and Safety, Ministry of Justice, Tertiary Education.
Paul has a passion for business analysis and mastering his craft continuously. He is also passionate about coaching and mentoring other business analysts to be better at their craft and volunteers at the IIBA. Paul is currently serving on the IIBA board New Zealand Chapter as VP of Marketing and communication. In addition, he is a Business Mentor for the Business New Zeland Business Mentorship program and a student mentor for the University of Victoria’s Wellington ICT Graduate School where is part of the business analysis student mentorship group.
He holds the IIBA Agile certification and Certified Business Analysis Professional (CBAP) IIBA certification.
Paul is no stranger to the presenting stage both physically and online. As a past presenter at the BA Summit is back this year to present. He is also well known in the business analysis community in New Zealand for his webinars. In 2018 he had the opportunity to present at the New Zealand Defence Innovation conference where he presented a paper on an AI proof of concept done for image recognition on Naval ships.
He is currently working for Redvespa as a Business Analyst Consultant on various client site and is also the founder of Altitude Journeys that coaches and trains people to achieve higher “altitudes” success journeys in life.

Presentation: Abstract thinking – How do we break it down to concrete thoughts

Thomas Edison wrote, “The value of a good idea is in using it”. In order for an idea to be usable, we have to bring it down to a realistic and tangible base. Being able to move an idea or thought from an abstract level to a concrete base is extremely important in business analysis. Have you ever had a stakeholder give you a wishful idea or thought? Have you ever had a thought or an idea and tried to flesh it out into something that is ready to be used? Have you ever struggled with a thought that you need to expand into a written report or requirement? Maybe even building a presentation is a challenge. This presentation will introduce you to a structured way to overcome these challenges.

BABOK V3 Alignment: Chapter 4: Elicitation and Collaboration, Chapter 7: Requirements Analysis and Design Definition, Chapter 9: Underlying Competencies