Cape Town hosts a Lean Coffee with a twist
By Larissa Raga
The Cape Town region hosted a Lean Coffee with a twist on Thursday, 27 February 2020. In order to mix it up they held a Lean Ice-Cream at the Creamery in Seapoint. Yes, you heard it first: Lean Ice-cream ☺. The venue was relaxed but the conversation was constructive. Battle stories and lessons learnt were shared over not-your-average ice-cream, because as business analysts we don’t want to settle for average.
The Creamery’s focus is on the quality of ingredients and they put a lot of care and thought into making something delicious that people can enjoy. In the same way we as business analysts put a lot of care and thought into the products that we deliver. Here are other qualities that business analysts and The Creamery share (extracts taken from The Creamery blog):
- Responsible for figuring out just how to capture flavours (requirements).
- We’re proud of the product we’re creating.
- Allows for a lot of input and individuality when you’re making suggestions.
- Training is important.
- Giving customers the best experience.
- Being pragmatic and a problem-solver.
- Strength, resilience, and discipline.
- It’s a skill and all skills must be learned and developed.
- You need to be precise in order to make a good coffee (deliver a good product).
- There isn’t a lot of room for error.
- Balance out the flavours (requirements).
One of our first time Lean Coffee attendees and new volunteer, Tebogo, had the following to say about the event: "I had a great experience and saw the opportunity for growth and plan to reach our target market if we challenge a new person that joins our Lean Coffees to bring a friend to the next one."
It was encouraging to see a number of new faces attending the event and we are hopeful that the IIBA® will become a home for many of these business analysts. Just as The Creamery is the home of quality homemade ice-cream, the IIBA® is the home for quality business analysts.