Howard Podeswa is a professional artist, established author and sought-after speaker at Business Analysis conferences. His painting has been exhibited in numerous exhibitions across Canada, and internationally, including the U.S., Italy and South Africa.
Podeswa’s work in software development began when an academic background in nuclear physics led to a job working on a nuclear-accident simulation program for Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd. Since then, he has been enthralled by software development and often found himself on the cusp of change as a developer of innovative systems in transportation, laboratory automation and intranet communications. Since the 1990s he has been helping large organizations realize business value as they transition their planning, analysis, and requirements engineering (RE) processes to agile practices, across a broad range of sectors that include telecommunications, banking, government services, insurance, and healthcare. He plays a leading role in the industry (Business Analysis), as designer of BA training programs for companies and higher education institutions, including Boston University Corporate Education Center and Humber College, as a reviewer of the profession's standard book of best practices (the BABOK, owned by the International Institute of Business Analysis), and as an author whose books have become staples in many BA libraries: The Business Analyst's Handbook and UML for the IT Business Analyst.
Podeswa, through his role as Director for Noble Inc., has provided consulting and a full Business Analysis training program to clients across the globe in the private and public sector. Companies that have benefited from his services include the International Standards Organization (ISO), Moody’s, the Mayo Clinic, TELUS, UST Global, BMO, TD Bank, Intact Insurance, Labcorp, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), Bell Nexia and Thomson Reuters.