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Meet Our Experts

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Peter Johnson

  • Peter is a Certified Business Analysis Professional with over 34 years of experience spanning across geographies and verticals.
  • He has worked in varied roles covering Business Analysis, BPM and BPI and Director of IT systems as well as product marketing. He has mentored and trained many professionals in shaping their career.
  • Significant Business Analysis Responsibilities:
  • • VP Founding member IIBA New Jersey Chapter
  • • Team lead for the Practitioner’s Review of BABOK v3 draft.
  • • Actively involved in the exam questions review committee for new ‘Level 3’    certification program.
  • • A versatile trainer and speaker at conferences such as BA World, BA South Africa,    and BBC.
  • • Exposed to a broad array of business challenges and cultures through consulting,    training and speaking engagements in North America, Europe, India, South Africa,    Singapore, Hong Kong and Jamaica.
  • • Dedicated to learning and mentoring with regard to emerging    technologies,management styles, collaboration techniques, customer experience    design principles, capability maturity, complex problem resolution, business    modeling and organizational change.
  • Conference Speaker
  • • “BA to CA—Pushing the Boundaries from Business Analysis to Change Architecture”
  • • “Dynamic Business Case” presented at Business Analysis Symposium for Southern    Africa (BASSA) in Cape Town
  • • Business Analysis World in Washington DC, New York and Boston
  • • Agile Transformation Summit in Miami
  • • Building Business Capability in Las Vegas
  • • Rutgers University Professional Science Masters Program
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Lora McCoy, CBAP®

​Lora McCoy is a Certified Business Analysis Professional with over 18 years of experience performing Business Analysis skillset activities as well as Quality Assurance, Project Management and more. This experience spans varying company sizes in multiple industries including Banking and Finance, Service Management, Education, Retail and Oil and Gas. Her passion for helping others is evident in her passion for the profession of Business Analysis. She is dedicated to both the profession and those who perform the skillset for the profession.


She currently serves as the President for the Oklahoma City Chapter of the IIBA® where she applies that passion to the local membership in the form of mentorship and knowledge sharing.


Lora is an active speaker at various industry meets and conferences like BA World Conference 2016, BA World Conference 2015, BA World Conference 2014, Tulsa TechFest 2014, Women in IT etc.


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Steve Blais, PMP, PMI-PBA

Steve Blais, PMP, PMI-PBA, is an author, consultant, teacher and coach who has 48 years’ experience in Information Technologies working as a programmer, project manager, business analyst, system analyst, general manager, and tester.


He has also been in an executive position for several start-up companies. He writes a monthly column for Business Analysis Times and is a frequent contributor to AllpM.com, Modern Analyst and other publications, He has presented the keynote addresses at PMI PacRim Conference in Tokyo (2012), PMI South America in Sao Paolo (2011), IPMA European Conference (2013) and other conferences around the world.


He is the author of Business Analysis: Best Practices for Success (John Wiley, 2011) and co-author of Business Analysis for Practitioners: a Practice Guide (PMI, 2014) and a contributor to the Business Analyst Body of Knowledge, V3 (IIBA, 2015).


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LN Mishra, CBAP®, CPRE, CSM, PMP

LN Mishra (LN) has 22+ years of professional experience in business analysis, agile and IT GRC in consulting, guiding and mentoring 100+ global clients and 3000+ BAs.


LN has authored 12 books on business analysis, requirements engineering, CBAP and CPRE.


LN is an avid blogger and writes regularly on Business analysis, Project management and process Improvement topics from his practical experiences. LN is a great process improver and innovator and its pleasure for the readers to read his short practical blogs.


LN has spoken at various industry bodies and conferences such as PMPC(Project Manager Practitioner Conference) 2014, BA Convention 2013 along with many more industry meets.


LN was involved in multiple large system deployments such as large utility privatization project with PWC, compliance system for Oman government, multiple large ERP implementation projects and color data management system for AkzoNobel. LN holds management degree from IIM Ahmedabad and Engineering degree in Electronics.

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Jaisimha Grama (Jai), SMC

Jaisimha(Jai) is an experienced IT Professional having spent the last 29 years leading teams building products and services at companies in India, Europe and the US.


His breadth of experience covers Product Development, Delivery Management, Architecture, Design and Development on a wide range of Platforms and Databases. He has previously managed ODCs for TurningPoint, Infor (3rd Largest ERP & SCM Company after SAP & Oracle) in Bangalore. He has held several senior management positions leading development centers for global teams.


Jai has extensive experience in teaching/coaching Agile/Scrum concepts for scrum masters.


Jai is a technology enthusiast and has handled multiple architecture sessions for IT mid level leaders.


Jai holds B. Tech. in Electronics from I.I.T Chennai, one of the premier institutes in India and world.


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Steve Blais, PMP, PMI-PBA

Steve Blais, PMP, PMI-PBA, is an author, consultant, teacher and coach who has 48 years’ experience in Information Technologies working as a programmer, project manager, business analyst, system analyst, general manager, and tester.


He has also been in an executive position for several start-up companies. He writes a monthly column for Business Analysis Times and is a frequent contributor to AllpM.com, Modern Analyst and other publications, He has presented the keynote addresses at PMI PacRim Conference in Tokyo (2012), PMI South America in Sao Paolo (2011), IPMA European Conference (2013) and other conferences around the world.


He is the author of Business Analysis: Best Practices for Success (John Wiley, 2011) and co-author of Business Analysis for Practitioners: a Practice Guide (PMI, 2014) and a contributor to the Business Analyst Body of Knowledge, V3 (IIBA, 2015).


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Lora McCoy, CBAP®

​Lora McCoy is a Certified Business Analysis Professional with over 18 years of experience performing Business Analysis skillset activities as well as Quality Assurance, Project Management and more. This experience spans varying company sizes in multiple industries including Banking and Finance, Service Management, Education, Retail and Oil and Gas. Her passion for helping others is evident in her passion for the profession of Business Analysis. She is dedicated to both the profession and those who perform the skillset for the profession.


She currently serves as the President for the Oklahoma City Chapter of the IIBA® where she applies that passion to the local membership in the form of mentorship and knowledge sharing.


Lora is an active speaker at various industry meets and conferences like BA World Conference 2016, BA World Conference 2015, BA World Conference 2014, Tulsa TechFest 2014, Women in IT etc.


Lara

LN Mishra, CBAP®, CPRE, CSM, PMP

LN Mishra (LN) has 22+ years of professional experience in business analysis, agile and IT GRC in consulting, guiding and mentoring 100+ global clients and 3000+ BAs.


LN has authored 12 books on business analysis, requirements engineering, CBAP and CPRE.


LN is an avid blogger and writes regularly on Business analysis, Project management and process Improvement topics from his practical experiences. LN is a great process improver and innovator and its pleasure for the readers to read his short practical blogs.


LN has spoken at various industry bodies and conferences such as PMPC(Project Manager Practitioner Conference) 2014, BA Convention 2013 along with many more industry meets.


LN was involved in multiple large system deployments such as large utility privatization project with PWC, compliance system for Oman government, multiple large ERP implementation projects and color data management system for AkzoNobel. LN holds management degree from IIM Ahmedabad and Engineering degree in Electronics.

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Jaisimha Grama (Jai), SMC

Jaisimha(Jai) is an experienced IT Professional having spent the last 29 years leading teams building products and services at companies in India, Europe and the US.


His breadth of experience covers Product Development, Delivery Management, Architecture, Design and Development on a wide range of Platforms and Databases. He has previously managed ODCs for TurningPoint, Infor (3rd Largest ERP & SCM Company after SAP & Oracle) in Bangalore. He has held several senior management positions leading development centers for global teams.


Jai has extensive experience in teaching/coaching Agile/Scrum concepts for scrum masters.


Jai is a technology enthusiast and has handled multiple architecture sessions for IT mid level leaders.


Jai holds B. Tech. in Electronics from I.I.T Chennai, one of the premier institutes in India and world.


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