New Business Analysis Courses - Coming in June

IIL Media has just finished its latest production for two new on-demand courses: Facilitation Skills for Business Analysts and Assuring Quality through Acceptance Testing.

We used two known actors, Thomas Poarch and Tina Fuentes. The SME is Laura Paton (CBAP, PMP, PMI-PBA), a practitioner with extensive experience as both a Business Analyst and Project Manager, and an active volunteer with the International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA) and the Project Management Institute (PMI).

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Thomas, Tina and Laura 

Facilitation Skills for Business Analysts

Tina Fuentes leads us off with the Facilitation Skills for Business Analysts course. She gets into detail about what this course is designed for as well as an overview of each module section. Business analysts have the obligation to assemble, investigate, and accept business and specialized necessities for their projects; subsequently, they require assistance aptitudes to oversee prerequisites meetings and workshops. This course consists of 7 modules:

Module 1: Foundation Concepts

Module 2: The BABOK® Guide Tasks and Communication

Module 3: Target Elicitation Techniques

Module 4: Group Elicitation Techniques

Module 5: Physical Elicitation Techniques

Module 6: Using Presentations, Structured Walk-Through, and Influencing

Module 7: Special Facilitation Skills – Negotiating Meditating

Learn more about this course here.

Assuring Quality Through Acceptance Testing

Thomas Poarch picks up on the second course, Assuring Quality through Acceptance Testing. The goal of this course is to improve the participants’ ability to confirm that the resulting solution developed by IT, in fact, solves the defined problem.  This course is ultimately designed for Business Analysts, Project Managers and anyone who has project responsibilities for validation related activities.

Module 1: Foundation Concepts

Module 2: The Scope of IT Testing

Module 3: Pre-Acceptance Testing

Module 4: The Acceptance Testing Stage Part I

Module 5: The Acceptance Testing Stage Part II

Module 6: Post Acceptance Testing

Module 7: Testing Commercial Off-the-Shelf (COTS) Software

Learn more about this course here.

BABOK® Guide

All of IIL’s Business Analysis courses are aligned with A Guide to the Business Analysis Body of Knowledge® (BABOK® Guide)the globally recognized standard for the practice of business analysis. The IIBA’s BABOK® Guide reflects the collective knowledge of the business analysis community and presents the most widely accepted business analysis practices.

IIL Stream: “Inside with J. LeRoy Ward”

What does a spy plane have to do with project management?

Coming up in the April edition of IIL Stream, J. LeRoy Ward, Executive V.P. of Enterprise Solutions at IIL, uses a fascinating story about the development of the Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird to demonstrate the power of effective sponsorship.

LeRoy delves deep into how you can bring an immediate impact to your company’s on time projects, the number of projects meeting their goals, and projects completed within budget which should perk up any project manager’s ears. LeRoy’s main focus and reoccurring theme compares the effective sponsorship between an office setting to the development of the SR-71 Blackbird.

[trx_infobox style=”regular” closeable=”no” icon=”icon-info”]SR-71 Blackbird Clarence L. “Kelly” Johnson led the design of the prestigious aircraft the SR-71 spy plane. His famed leadership of the Lockheed “Skunk Works” cemented his reputation as a renowned figure in American aerospace management. Learn more here. [/trx_infobox]

The SR-71 needed to meet two tough requirements. It had to be built at an alarming rate, but most importantly it had to fly at a height and at a speed that made it impervious to being shot down. You might still be thinking to yourself, how does this have anything to do with increasing project efficiency at my company? Well, do these types of requirements sound familiar?

“You have a strategic and critical project that’s never been done before, a very demanding client, and you have to do it at a time frame that seems virtually impossible. Almost all strategic projects seem to have these characteristics.”
– J. LeRoy Ward

LeRoy talks about how you can drastically increase your odds of project success through better, effective sponsorship. He explains who the sponsors are and exactly what their roles can be. Overall, LeRoy shows the viewer in an engaging fashion how to be successful and expand productivity in your office.

You can learn more on this topic when our first “Inside With J. LeRoy Ward” segment premieres this April, along with other new segments.

Here’s a behind-the-scenes look at J. LeRoy on set during our recording:

J. LeRoy Ward on the IIL Stream setIIL Stream Story Segments Also to Come This April

  • Grateful Leadership with Judy Umlas
  • Coffee Break with Frank Saladis
  • IIL International/Thumbnail
  • What’s New @ IIL
  • Mindfulness
  • Conversations with Authors
  • Disruptors

To view current IIL Stream segments please visit IIL Stream’s YouTube Page.

Welcome To IIL Media’s New Blog “The Buzz”

Hello Everyone,

My name is Luke Vermandel, Production Assistant (PA) for the International Institute For Learning. I reside in New York, born and raised where I’ve lived, aside from the four years I spent at the University of Connecticut.  As a PA, I spend most of my time assisting our producers in various manners, and oblige in any way I can to ensure our goal is realized.


Today we introduce “The Buzz” from IIL Media, which I will be posting every week. Here we’ll pull back the curtain of our new IIL Stream and the other Media projects we are working on.

I’ll post interviews of the crew and talent describing how stories are produced, include excerpts of IIL Stream videos, share what we have planned for the future and much more. So be sure to check in with us every week to see what’s new with IIL Media and IIL Stream.

IIL Stream


IIL Stream features inspiring, informative and entertaining content from IIL Media, a division of International Institute for Learning. Every episode explores stories, which take you to places where you’ll meet extraordinary people.

Spring will be upon us before we know it; people are already pulling out their bikes in anticipation of good weather, which means the talk of the Tour de France will be on everyone’s mind.

The Tour de France calls to mind an IIL Stream Thumbnail segment with Steve Moran (who lives for the Tour de France), explaining his company, Pente 14, which is located in Paris.

Lean Six Sigma Series

The Lean Six Sigmalssyellow series has been keeping IIL Media quite busy this month, where we brought in Black Belts Anne Foley and Harry Rever, to film online video courses that will benefit any project manager in furthering themselves in the project management field.

IIL Media has completed its Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt filming with Anne Foley and her online video training course is now available to consumers. In this LSSYB class, Anne explains what it takes to be a successful project manager and how to apply those new found skills to your own management techniques. Learn more about the course here.


Lean Six Sigma Green Belt with Harry Rever wrapped filming in February. It’s being polished in the editing room and will be posted for viewing within the month. You don’t want to miss this engaging video, as he will keep you entertained, as well as educated with his real life experiences of the project management world.

If you would like to learn more about the Lean Six Sigma Series, feel free to visit:


To learn more about IIL Media take a look at our home page and for a closer look at our IIL Stream projects visit our YouTube page.