John Barris

Principal Consultant

+64 4 499 9450

John is a Principal Consultant with extensive experience in business analysis and business change. He helps our clients to achieve clarity on what they require and then works with them to deliver the needed business changes. He is passionate about developing the capability of business analysis professionals to raise the standard of analysis and help deliver better business and technology outcomes for New Zealand.

With an initial career in banking, John has 23 years of business analysis experience which has included various leadership and team management roles.

He has experience in:

  • Enterprise analysis and business architecture
  • Scope definition
  • Change management
  • Business intelligence
  • Stakeholder engagement
  • Customer experience
  • Workshop facilitation
  • Business process modelling
  • Requirements management
  • Business analysis
  • Digital business analysis
  • Agile requirements.

"One of the challenges IT projects face is delivering outcomes that the business actually needs. Often there can be a lack of clarity in the business analysis and this will cause delays and cost overruns and all too often drive solutions that aren’t as useful or valuable as expected. I help our clients avoid these problems by advising them on practices to achieve clarity and deliver business systems that better meet needs."

He is also one of our most experienced certified instructors, and is able to deliver our full range of business analysis training courses.

John is recognised as a business analysis leader both locally and internationally. He speaks regularly at business analysis events, has been a guest lecturer at Victoria University of Wellington, and he is a contributing author to the published 'Business Analysis Book of Mentors'.

He is a practicing member of the International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA) and he played an active role in helping establish the New Zealand chapter in 2006. He is also an Associate Member of the Financial Services Institute of Australia (Finsia).

John was one of the first New Zealanders to become a Certified Business Analysis Professional (CBAP). He is also an Advanced Certified ScrumMaster and Certified Scrum Product Owner. He has a New Zealand Diploma in Business Studies.

As a kiwi born in Uruguay, John has a strong connection with the South American country, its people, language and world cup football achievements. John has a family who are almost all grown up. He also plays important leadership roles within his local community.



Examples of John's work

Business analysis and business change
  • Facilitating business change in a central government agency

    What we did: As part of a major business change programme of work, Equinox IT was responsible for scoping the phases of work, facilitating cross-agency workshops, introducing Scrum project approach, defining functional and non-functional requirements, resolving requirements issues and conflicts, producing a business rules catalogue, and facilitated business design processes.

    Deliverables: Implemented Scrum project approach, workshop findings, scope documents, business rules catalogue, and requirements artefacts.

  • Business analysis improvement advice for a central government agency

    What we did: Expert business analysis advice as part of a programme to help a business analysis team improve their requirements activities. Quality review of team's approaches and deliverables.

    Deliverables: Business analysis advice, quality reviews and recommendations.

In-house and customised IT training
  • Customised business process modelling training for a central government agency

    What we did: Prepared and delivered an in-house training course to a central government team of business analysts and service designers covering business process modelling topics that had been customised to the specific context of the client.

    Deliverables: Customised, in-house business process modelling training course.

  • Customised requirements writing training for a central government agency

    What we did: Prepared a customised requirements writing course for a central government business analysis team and delivered it in-house a number of times, starting with the team's coaches.

    Deliverables: Customised, in-house requirements writing training course.

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