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New Post 11/5/2009 1:32 AM
User is offline KJ
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Re: How to improve BA skills? 

No worries Guy,

I'll check out your website and have a read. Meanwhile take care!

warm regards,

Keith

 
New Post 11/5/2009 1:38 AM
User is offline KJ
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Re: How to improve BA skills? 

Tony,

When next I have time perhaps we (modern Analysts) should write a series on "DFDs for the next generation". I'll be very busy for the next few months, but its something that I deem worthwhile.

Let me know what you think?

warm regards,

Keith

 
New Post 11/5/2009 2:56 AM
User is offline Craig Brown
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Re: How to improve BA skills? 

I saw some comments and thought I'd restate them as I understand them,and offer some commentary of my own.

1. University educated BAs make better BAs.

While a university degree generally increases a person's ability to perform in the role, t is not in itself a sufficient thing to make a peson a superior BA.  Many other things are important for the mix.  Among them are experience, intelligence, interest and curiosity.

Having said that, university degrees, regardless of discipline, teach analytical approachs to problems, communications skills, teamwork and the importance of perseverance (it's a 3 year project.)  That is why they help.

2. BA's need to be logical

Logic is again,an important skill - or intelligence - but t is not sufficient in itself.  You also have to have emotional intelligence, good interpersonal skills, the ability to switch your thinking from strategic to detailed and more.  Logic may even be  secondary skill.

 
New Post 11/5/2009 3:11 AM
User is offline Craig Brown
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Re: How to improve BA skills? 

" As I’ve mentioned in the past, the artist gives you a blank stare when you ask about the inputs and outputs to/from a process"

chuckles

 

K - love your work.

 
New Post 11/8/2009 5:17 AM
User is offline Guy Beauchamp
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Re: How to improve BA skills? 

 craigwbrown wrote


2. BA's need to be logical

Logic is again,an important skill - or intelligence - but t is not sufficient in itself.  You also have to have emotional intelligence, good interpersonal skills, the ability to switch your thinking from strategic to detailed and more.  Logic may even be  secondary skill.

"Logic may even be a secondary skill."?!?!?

Yep, given that you need to apply logic to perform analysis I guess analysis might also be a "secondary skill". A secondary skill of a business analyst.

LOL.

Weep.

Guy

 
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