Our PMI-PBA® Exam Prep class is scheduled January 16-19, 2018 with instructor Laura Paton!

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Our Foundations of Business Analysis class scheduled October 30-November 2, 2017 is Guaranteed to Run!

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 Our PgMP® Exam Prep Online class is now guaranteed to run November 6-9, 2017 with instructor James Haner, PhD, PgMP, PMP, PMI-ACP, PMI-RMP, CBAP, CCBA!

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Our BA04 Eliciting and Writing Effective Requirements is now Guaranteed to Run November 13-15, 2017!

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Laura Paton, MBA, CBAP, PMP, PMI-PBA, CSM

Career Summary
Over 30 years of progressive IT experience. 22 years in Business Analysis. 10 plus years of IT Project Management.  Over 9 years of BA Management experience with responsibility overseeing BA resources, strategy, processes, standards and tools.  Extensive background working with different product delivery methods, including agile. BA experience working in all phases of the SDLC.   Over 9 years experience as a BA/PM instructor at both the corporate and collegiate levels. Extensive experience working with volunteer teams to advance the practice of Business Analysis across the industry and across the world, building standards, practice guides, and developing training and webinars.
 
BA Professional Development Contributions:

  • Chair/Core Team Writer The PMI Guide to Business Analysis (Includes The Standard for Business Analysis) (2017)
  • Lead Author/Chair PMI’s Business Analysis for Practitioners: A Practice Guide (2015)
  • Chair/Core Team Writer of BABOK® Guide version 3.0 (2015)
  • IIBA Head of Product Development (2011 – 2014)
  • Project Manager BABOK® Guide version 2.0 (2009)
  • Prior IIBA® RTP Chapter VP of Education and Professional Development

CERTIFICATIONS

  • Professional in Business Analysis (PMI-PBA) - 2014
  • Certified Business Analyst Professional (CBAP) - 2008
  • Certified Project Manager Professional (PMP) - 2002
  • Certified Scrum Master (CSM) - 2009
  • Six Sigma Green Belt - 2007
  • Microsoft Certified Solution Developer (MCSD) 1997 – 2001

CORE COMPETENCIES

  • Strategic/creative thinker
  • Well-respected leader throughout the industry, mentor, coach, lead
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Effective negotiator
  • Strong ability to encourage/motivate
  • Highest ethical standards

EDUCATION
A.S. Computer Science - Cuyahoga Community College
B.S. Management Information Systems - University of South Florida
M.B.A.- University of Tampa

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

  • International Institute of Business Analysis IIBA® member
  • Project Management Institute PMI® member