27–29 September 2017, Churchill College, Cambridge

How to create a thriving community in 3 tweets!

A 60 minute Case Study by:

Simon Marriot

Cambridge Business Analysis Community (CBAC)

Ian Phillips

Cambridge Business Analysis Community

About this Case Study

Our story begins with a tweet: "BAs at Redgate are looking at setting up a Cambridge peer learning group, do you know of anyone who may be interested/helpful?"

A year later, Cambridge has a vibrant, growing community that is going from strength to strength, and gaining visibility nationally.

Let us take you on a journey of how we built the community and how we:

  • Engaged with fellow practitioners to spend an evening with strangers
  • Found exciting and inspiring speakers
  • Persuaded venues to accommodate (and feed) us all
  • Celebrated our first birthday!

Discover the value we have unlocked by bringing a passionate community together who share their insights, experience and expertise.

All on zero budget!

What delegates will learn from attending this session:

  • Tips for would-be organisers of such communities and communities of practice in general, including asking people to give up their time
  • How to learn, be inspired and motivate each other through the sharing of experiences
  • How setting up a community will both make you better at your role and increase recognition of you and your profession in your area

About the Speakers

Simon Marriot

During the day, Simon is a Senior R&D Business Analyst at Medimmune/AstraZeneca, where he helps great scientists do great science. By night he's a co-founder of the Cambridge Business Analysis Community, a vibrant new community here in the heart of Cambridge.

Simon has 20 years R&D experience in Agrochemicals, Environmental, Pharma and Biotech working in the lab, field, IT, Ops and R&D. He applies agile business analysis to help scientists and clinicians build new capabilities. He's also a passionate advocate for mentoring and coaching agile business analysis thinking and practices.

Ian Phillips

Ian is a Business Analyst at The Royal Society of Chemistry, where he helps support the global Chemistry community. Also a co-founder of the Cambridge Business Analysis Community, where a passion for business analysis is shared by a growing group of local people across all experience levels and industries.

After a career starting in Finance, Ian followed his love of technology first as a Project Manager and then into the field of Business Analysis. Ensuring new projects are built upon real customer and business value, Ian has helped introduce lean start-up techniques such as the Business Model and Value Proposition Canvas into a very traditional organisation.

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