Meet Our Instructors

At Bridging the Gap we help mid-career professionals start business analyst careers. Bridging the Gap was founded by Laura Brandenburg in 2008. Our team of talented, dedicated instructors ensure we can continue to serve the hundreds of new and aspiring business analysts across the globe who participate in our programs every year.

All of our instructors are senior, practicing business analysis with deep experience in the profession. They are on-hand to help you apply your course materials and they provide the 1-1 support and evaluations our virtual business analysis courses have come to be known for.

Let’s meet our active course instructors:


Paula Bell, CBAP – Program Manager

Paula Bell is a Business Analyst mentor, coach and author with 18 years in project roles to include business analyst, requirements manager, business process quality manager, technical writer, project manager, developer, test lead and implementation lead. Paula has experience in a variety of industries to include media, courts, carpet manufacturing, banking and mortgage. Paula has lead multiple highly-visible multi-million dollar technology and business projects to transform businesses where she was the Consultant, Requirements Manager or Lead Business Analyst.

Paula holds a BS in Management Information Systems, is an IIBA® Certified Business Analysis Professional (CBAP®), and BA Certified through B2T. She started a mentoring program and chaired the communications committee for her local IIBA® chapter, has written articles for B2T, Business Analyst Times, and Modern Analyst, and has conducted podcasts with the BACoach and Dave Saboe.

Favorite Aspect of Business Analysis:

Solving business problems to come up with workable solutions to advance the business’ mission.

Connect with Paula:

PaulaABell.com

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douggoldbergDoug Goldberg, CBAP

Doug Goldberg is an industry leading business analyst and an IIBA® Certified Business Analysis Professional (CBAP®).

Doug’s passion for business analysis and core skill development are what has propelled his growth and afforded great opportunities in BA Management and Leadership, Center of Excellence Development, Mentoring Program development, BA consulting excellence, BA value determination and evangelism, blogging, course instructing, speaking and MENTORING business analysts!

Doug is currently avidly mentoring several Business Analysts across the globe, promoting business architecture capability, blogging about business analysis and architecture on his site, DougGtheBA.com, instructing courses and speaking to encourage others to excel in the professional development of BA skills.

Connect with Doug:

DougGtheBA.com

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disha-trivedi Disha Trivedi, CBAP

Disha moved to the United States from India in 2001. She first learned about Use Cases and Extreme Programming in her Software Engineering class at NC State University. Little did she know that this was only a start of her lifelong affair with Business Analysis. After obtaining her degree in Computer Science and Economics at NC State, she quickly proceeded to work with organizations that provided her insight into the Utility, Education, Education, and Mortgage sectors. She started as a Programmer, using every available opportunity to perform Business Analyst duties, and soon she got her first break. She later received her CBAP® in 2011.

Now, after more than 10 years of working in IT, she continues to enjoy helping organizations leverage the power of Business Analysis is passionate about sharing this knowledge with budding Business Analysts. She served as the Secretary for South Florida IIBA® chapter from 2011 to 2014 and continues to be an active IIBA® member.

When not promoting Business Analysis, Disha spends her time with her two young daughters and her husband in Northern Virginia.

Favorite Aspect of Business Analysis:

How simple and yet so powerful Business Analysis is! If done right, it has the potential to determine the success of a given project.

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Archana Maganty, CCBA

Archana moved to the United Kingdom in 2001 from Secunderabad, India. She started working as junior Programmer in IBM Lotus Notes in the year 1999 in India and continued in the same technology in the UK until 2012. During this tenure, she scaled up the ladder to be Technology Lead along with using Business Analysis skills at every given opportunity. She joined a world-renowned consultancy in 2012 as Business Solutions Manager/Business Analyst in London, thus bridging the gap between Business Analysts and Technology, and followed on to do similar roles in various projects. However, she felt directionless due to lack of framework understanding.

Archana studied Business Process Analysis, Data Modeling, and Use Cases and Wireframes at Bridging the Gap and that boosted her confidence. She took on leadership roles within Business Analysis stream and educated organisations and teams on Business Analysis Framework and Best Practice methods.

Archana gained CCBA® certification in 2017. Now her dream of working with Laura at Bridging the Gap has become a reality.

In her spare time, Archana reads Buddhist philosophy books, chants Hindu/Tibetan mantras, and spends quality time with family and friends.

Motto:

Learn to strike a balance between make it happen and let it happen!

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Alexandra Cordes

Alexandra lives in Australia and is an experienced business analyst and career coach specialising in contractors and consultants.

Alexandra is a highly focused and results-driven business analyst who likes to work on high value initiatives that solve real problems and bring about lasting and beneficial change for people and organisations.

Alexandra also provides coaching and mentoring to her colleagues to support them in their careers and promote organisational capability in business analysis practice.

Following good practice and delivering quality outcomes is what inspires her, and she is passionate about helping others achieve the best they can in their business analysis career.

Motto:

Success is about creating value.

Connect with Alexandra:

AlexandraCordes.com

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Nadine Millner, CBAP

Nadine Millner is an instructor that is strongly motivated to inspire new and experienced business analysts to love their career choice the way she does. A week prior to becoming a business analyst, Nadine had never heard of the job called “business analyst”. Over 15 years later, with lots more experience and knowledge, Nadine is now a professional business analyst with a passion for business analysis. The desire to develop new analysts to become professional and proficient business analysts drives Nadine to instruct as a full-time career.

Nadine is a Certified Business Analysis Professional (CBAP®) with deep business analysis experience and has spent 5 years facilitating the development of business analysts through training.

Nadine’s business analysis experience spans the globe, collaborating on and leading projects spanning the USA, United Kingdom and South Africa. Having engaged with corporate organisations in the financial services sector, and consulting firms such as Deloitte and Accenture, Nadine has spent significant portions of her career analysing and documenting business requirements and facilitating the development of effective business solutions.

Over the years, Nadine shifted her focus to the development of the future generations of business analysts. Nadine taught at the Faculty Training Institute in South Africa for 5 years, lecturing and facilitating multiple programmes all focussed on practical business analysis skills. She further assesses assignments for the programmes to ensure students are provided detailed, useful feedback on their application of skills, to create a platform for continued growth and development of students.

Many people hold the title of Business Analyst, however the number of individuals with a passion for business analysis and the depth of the skills required to thrive in the role, is far lower. Through continued education of individuals with an appetite for learning, we can collectively grow the number of value-adding business analysts to a “hungry” business analysis market.

“A mediocre teacher tells; the good teacher explains; the superior teacher demonstrates, and the great teacher inspires.” – William Arthur Ward

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