Howard Podeswa is a leader in Business Analysis and Requirements Engineering (RE), having contributed to the formalization of the BA profession as SME for CompTIA, as a BABOK reviewer, consultant and author. He has over 30 years’ experience in many aspects of the IT industry, beginning as a developer for Atomic Energy of Canada, Ltd., and continuing as Systems Analyst and BA, and CEO of Noble Inc. Since the 1990s he has been helping large organizations realize business value as they transition their requirements engineering processes to agile, iterative-incremental principles and practices. He is the author of 2 books that have become staples in many BA libraries – The Business Analyst’s Handbook and UML for the IT Business Analyst, now in its 2nd edition, published in 3 languages. He is currently working on his next book, Business Analysis in an Agile World: A Practical Guide to Applying Lean and Scrum Principles (soon to be published by Pearson/Addison-Wesley in 2019).
Through his company, Howard has provided BA consulting and training services to a broad range of industry sectors, including health care, defense, energy, government, and finance with a diverse client base that includes the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Mayo Clinic, International Standards Organization (ISO), Moody’s, Statoil, UST-Global (India and U.S.), TELUS, CMHC, Rogers, the Canadian Air Force, Pantex, the South African Community Peace Program (CPP), Deloitte, CIBC, TD Bank, Intact Insurance and BMO/Harris Bank. Howard is a widely requested speaker at international BA and IT events, including the Toronto Agile Community Conference (2015), the BBC Conference (2016, 2014), the agile Norway Developers Conference (NDC 2013), the BA Forum (Poland) and BA World conferences across North America. Howard is also a professional artist whose works have been shown extensively in commercial and public galleries. His most recent exhibitions were “A Brief History” (Kelowna Art Gallery, 2017; Koffler Gallery, 2016) and “Still Life with Paper” (Birch Contemporary, 2017).