Greater Atlanta

IIBA Chapter


Professional Development Sponsors

IBM Rational 

 Island Training  




Premier Sponsor

B2T Training 

Corporate Sponsors


Hollstadt and Associates

Associate Sponsors



2015-2016 Leadership Team

Wanda Hudgins Spain
Donna Eastman
VP of Marketing and Communications
Jaleann M. Matos-McClurg
VP of Membership
Jonathon Babcock
VP of Professional Development
Kim Ivanoff
Richard Cope
Dave Rowlinson
Director of Sponsorships
Yolanda Joachim
Director of Community Awareness
Kitu Dave
Director of Special Events
Casey Philpott
Director of Technology
Hyun Woo
Director of Presentations
Shilan Karia
Director of Volunteerism
Director of Operations
Peter DiAngelo
BAMP Chairman
Viraj Dave
BAMP Co-Chair


Welcome to the Greater Atlanta Chapter

Our chapter was chartered in August, 2005 and since then, we have been dedicated to advancing the business analysis profession both locally and nationwide. We pride ourselves to be the chapter where business analysts can grow their skills, knowledge and professional network.

We meet on the fourth Tuesday of each month. Visit our calendar of events to view upcoming events. Click on the link for the event of choice to find about the meeting location and meeting topic. You do not have to be a member to attend our events. Come join us and learn more about the Business Analysis profession.

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October Chapter Meeting

TITLE:           Organized Thinking: Rethinking How We Think

SPEAKERS:  Jacqueline Sanders-Blackman & Kupe Kupersmith

VENUE:         UPS Corporate Headquarters, 55 Glenlake Parkway NE Sandy Springs, GA


Join us for an interactive presentation where Jacqueline and Kupe share their experiences and insights on how you and your team can thrive by rethinking how you think. The outcome is to take your current approach at work to the next level by enhancing your thinking process. See Design Thinking and Critical Thinking in action.

There is a lot of learning around business analysis techniques, tools and process and still some project teams and IT organizations are struggling or failing. Business analysis is commonly thought about as just eliciting information and defining requirements– but what about the analysis? Analysis requires thinking; therefore, how you approach your thinking is key. There are different schools of how to approach your thinking. It’s not just a matter of which technique is right or wrong, but blending them together in the right way. The exercises we will go through will show you that thinking isn’t a passive activity.

Session Objectives:
•    Define Design Thinking and Critical Thinking
•    Discuss how the two can complement each other
•    Describe how Design and Critical Thinking apply to new projects and projects in flight
•    Add value to you, your team and your organization by utilizing Thinking Tools
•    Get your team engaged in New Ways of Thinking


Kupe KupersmithJonathan Kupe Kupersmith

Kupe Kupersmith, President, B2T Training, possesses over 15 years of experience in software systems development. He has served as the lead Business Analyst and Project Manager on projects in the energy, television and sports management and marketing industries. Additionally, he serves as a mentor for business analysis professionals. Kupe is a Certified Business Analysis Professional (CBAP.).

Kupe is the co-author of Business Analysis for Dummies and is a requested speaker. Being a trained improvisational comedian, Kupe is sure to make you laugh while you're learning. For a feel for Kupe's view on business analysis topics check out his blog on BA Times. Kupe is a connector and has a goal in life to meet everyone!

Jacqueline Sanders-BlackmanJacqueline Sanders-Blackman

Jacqueline Sanders has provided training and mentoring throughout her career in the areas of business analysis, database administration, data analysis and process improvement. She earned her Bachelors in Computer Science from Bowling Green State University. Jacqueline possesses over 25 years of experience working on projects, using various methodologies and approaches including Agile, Extreme Programming, Waterfall, Object-oriented, UML, Six Sigma and CMMI. She has held roles of business analyst, project manager, program manager, tester, DBA, developer, process analyst.

Her diverse background made Certified Scrum Master and Agile Coach a natural progression. She has spent the last 9 years building up her Agile experience and now has a track record of helping organizations through the challenging transition from waterfall to Agile practices.  Her professional coaching and training abilities gives her the perspective to guide Agile leaders and teams. Transforming an organization from Waterfall to Agile is a challenge, but having lived and worked through it in several different environments it can be successful. Her passion is not just to get teams started on Agile but to help them refine it so that it becomes the competitive advantage it was meant to be. She believes that Agile is more than an alternate software development methodology, it's a mindset and culture when it's used to develop people and form high performing teams with the goal of delivering customer value as quickly as possible.

Jacqueline is a published author and contributor to industry related titles. Jacqueline was recognized as a leader by Women in IT 2013, 2014 and BDPA 2015.

RSVP by October 26th

Chapter Meetings

4th Tuesday of each month

6:30 PM Networking
7:00 PM Announcements
7:20 PM Speaker
8:20 PM Job Announcements
8:30 PM Closing

COST:  Members - FREE; Non-Members - $10.00

List of Meetings and RSVP

Meeting Locations

Matrix Resources
General Meeting

Northpark Town Center
Building 400
3rd Floor
1000 Abernathy Road,
Sandy Springs, GA 30328

UPS Corporate Headquarters    
Premier/Special Events

55 Glenlake Parkway NE
Sandy Springs, GA 30328