Business Analysis Development Day (BADD) - Friday, August 17, 2018



Our 7th annual ATX Business Analyst Development Day (BADD) is on August 17th and we have scheduled great line-up of speakers this year!

ATX BADD is an annual educational and networking conference for business analysis professionals. This year we have organized a full-day of BA skills workshops, starting with our morning keynote speaker, Kupe Kupersmith. See the schedule of events and speaker sessions and bios for more information about the sessions.

Block off your calendar for a day of presentations and workshops on modern and collaborative techniques! The sessions run from 9am to 3:30pm.

We're returning to Commons Learning Center on the J.J. Pickle Research Campus at The University of Texas at Austin, at 10100 Burnet Road, Austin. The event includes coffee and pastries in the morning, a catered lunch, and free parking.

ATX BADD is for business analysts, BA managers, solution architects, product managers, and anyone else with an interest in Business Analysis. This is a perfect event to earn 5 CDUs/PDUs, as well as learning techniques and practices to apply to your current projects and solutions.

Members save $50 on BADD registration! If you are not a member of the Austin local chapter, join or renew today for just $35. (Note that Austin Chapter members must also be National IIBA members). If you have questions about your membership, contact us at

If you have any questions or are interested in being an ATX BADD sponsor, please contact Bruce Solberg, ATX BADD Chairperson,

Keynote Speakers:

kupe_kupersmith_0.jpgKupe Kupersmith

Next Generation Business Competencies for a New Business Context

The future is here. Amazon and others are leading the way. What’s the secret? There is no secret. It is easy to see. Great companies align with emerging trends, take risks, fail fast and learn. They build internal cultures and teams that can work with new complexities and dynamic change by making high-quality decisions at the speed of business.

Next generation business competencies are necessary skills for all individuals that help leaders make faster, better decisions. They help to make complex situations, ‘solutionable’ and ‘actionable’. You need the skills to help organizations find new areas of research, ways to prototype and test ideas, and quickly validate, so that the enterprise has momentum for innovation and value creation. You also need soft skills and leadership skills to build high commitment and trust in cooperative and co-creative teams. 

This is the future. Kupe will present a model, developed in partnership with Curtis Michelson, which outlines the NextGen business competencies. Come prepared to think about the future and learn how you can be ready.

  • Understand why new competencies are needed. 
  • Learn about the capabilities and competencies that you and your team must possess 
  • Discuss where these skills can take you


jim_comer_0.jpgJim Comer

How much is it worth to speak with confidence, clarity, and likability?

Jim Comer provides practical techniques to eliminate nervousness, be an active listener and use your individuality to build rapport.  
By the end of his talk, audience members are on their feet, telling each other a story from their lives. They are having fun, being real and sharing the best of themselves. Jim gives more than a speech, he provides a transformative experience. 
Audiences learn to: 

  • Make your message memorable by speaking with authority and authenticity 
  • Make key points by using stories and real-life experiences 
  • Use their “natural resources” including eye contact, body language, vocal variety and pauses  
  • Turn a seeming “mistake” into a moment of real connection with the audience

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