Building Business Capability
NOVEMBER 11-15, 2019 | THE DIPLOMAT BEACH RESORT HOLLYWOOD, FORT LAUDERDALE, FLORIDA
IIBA's annual conference brings the world of business analysis together – meet your peers, experts and future leaders – share insights, be inspired, get energized and have some fun.
How to Convince Your Boss that Building Business Capability Is a Good Investment
Sometimes it's tough convincing the boss to let you spend time and money on a conference. Here are some ideas that will help:
1. Make a Deal
Explain how Building Business Capability in Ft. Lauderdale, November 11-15 is full of presentations, workshops and world-class expertise about Business Analysis, Digital Innovation, Business Strategy & Transformation, Business Architecture, Business Process, and Business Rules & Decisions toward the pursuit of business excellence.
2. Make the Deal Numerical
Agree that if the boss will let you go, you will commit to improve (some KPI) / by (some percent) / in (some time frame) ... after you get back.
3. Find a Different Color of Money
Budgets are tight all over, but not all budgets are created equal. While your department may not have any discretionary coin for events, there may be a different fund somewhere that can cover a few days of a conference. Talk to your colleagues about possible resources available under different names:
- Education / Training / Seminars / Conferences / Travel
- New Projects / Special Projects / Executive Leadership
- Software Evaluation / Infrastructure Improvement ... You never know until you ask!
4. Highlight Some Specific Goals
This is where you get to put yourself on the line. Show your boss a list of your personal objectives. Include things like:
- Bring back three different ideas on how to solve our ______ situation.
- Learn how others have approached their ______ situation.
- Meet three people to add to my personal network who are knowledgeable about _____.
- Identify the two technologies we should seriously consider in the next three months.
- Go to three sessions that are outside my area, so I understand the Big Picture better.
- Find no less than three tried-and-proven consultants who can help us.
PLUS! Send all this information in a LETTER TO YOUR BOSS.