Today I had the pleasure of being invited to speak at two events outside NCI. The first was at mid-day in the Smurfit Business School where I was invited to speak to a class of MSc students. The purpose was really about eliciting requirements - a key part of what a business analyst does. There were about 25 students in the class and they seemed to enjoy the lecture, and participated well in the tasks I set.
In the afternoon I visited eBay in Blanchardstown to take part in a video conference about business analysis. On-line were folks from Salt Lake City, Delhi, London, Prague, and Zurich - as well as about 15 analysts from eBay and Paypal. The role of the Business Analyst was a central theme to the conference.
Visiting eBay was exciting - they have such fantastic gear for video conferences. Smurfit have Apple TV boxes in their lecture theatres. How the other half lives.