General Business Analysis

Feb 25, 2024
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Much like a coach orchestrating a championship-winning sports team, the BA plays a multifaceted role in ensuring the effectiveness and efficiency of agile initiatives. They are tasked with guiding the team through the intricacies of information gathering, requirements elicitation, analysis, and prioritization, aligning disparate perspectives towards a common goal. Moreover, the BA acts as a catalyst for collaboration, fostering an environment where diverse skill sets converge to deliver tangible outcomes.

Feb 19, 2024
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This article explores the importance of a business analysis approach and highlights the key benefits it offers in steering projects toward their desired outcomes. How important is planning in business analysis? Let’s use the construction industry as an example.

Jan 28, 2024
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This simple activity was priceless in showing what you get when asking a group of BAs what may seem like a few simple, straight forward questions. And this all ties into the BA Mindset.

So what is the BA Mindset? It’s one thing to do business analysis activities, it’s another to THINK like a business analyst.

Let’s dive into what it is to be a business analyst and how the BA mindset fits into that.

Jan 07, 2024
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As a business analyst, my journey unfolds with the same dynamic tension that propels the cat-and-mouse chase in this biographical film. Like Abagnale, I navigate through the intricate web of corporate challenges, constantly adapting and problem-solving in a landscape where the unexpected becomes the norm. The whispers of a business analyst form a subtle symphony, weaving through the complexities of uncharted territories, inviting stakeholders to join the pursuit of solutions, all while mastering the art of capturing elusive answers in the corporate labyrinth. So, in this enigmatic dance of analysis and innovation, the question remains — can you catch me if you can?

Dec 03, 2023
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As a Business Analyst, there are so many directions or paths, you can take as BA and it's not because you have the title of BA, but it's because of the value you bring to any organization will all the skills and competencies you have. In this article, I will explore some common paths you can consider. For the context of this blog, we are going to consider rising from a Junior BA perspective.

Nov 26, 2023
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Business Analysis demands in-depth knowledge, expertise, and flexibility. It covers various disciplines and scenarios and offers tools that considerably improve business processes. BAs successfully combine them in their professional activities. Let’s explore five perspectives that help specialists working in this field carry out their tasks effectively.  Perspectives are like lenses through which BAs view initiatives to understand their objectives and apply the right methods to specific contexts. The BABOK® Guide describes five prominent ones that represent common approaches to Business Analysis: Agile, Business Intelligence, Information Technology, Business Architecture, and Business Process Management. Unified by a common structure, these perspectives outline change scope, content, methodologies and techniques, competencies, and knowledge area impact.

 

Nov 12, 2023
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In the realm of business analysis, Flow is not a mere luxury but a powerful tool for achieving excellence. By understanding the principles of Flow and implementing strategies to cultivate it, business analysts can unlock their full potential, leading to more innovative problem-solving, enhanced stakeholder engagement, and increased productivity. Flow is the secret sauce that can turn the intricate dance of business analysis into a harmonious symphony of success. So, embrace the Flow, and let your business analysis endeavors reach new heights.

Nov 05, 2023
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Business Analysis is an ever-growing profession. However, with the glitz and glamor comes  some not so shiny aspects of being a business analyst.   Listing few challenges which I have personally faced...
 

Sep 26, 2023
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As business analysts, it's our primary responsibility to bring clarity to requirements communication. Unfortunately, many words spoken by our stakeholders can be ambiguous. Not understanding these words in their proper context or without adequate information can lead to situations where different stakeholders can have a different understanding of the same word.

Sep 10, 2023
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As a business analyst, navigating groupthink is essential for delivering valuable insights and driving successful projects. By fostering a culture of inclusivity, promoting diverse perspectives, and encouraging critical thinking, business analysts can overcome the challenges of groupthink. Remember, effective negotiation of groupthink empowers teams to make informed decisions, enhances problem-solving capabilities, and ultimately contributes to improved project outcomes. Embrace these strategies, and you'll be well-equipped to lead your team towards successful and innovative solutions.

Aug 13, 2023
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Business Analyst plays a pivotal role in enabling change but there are still ambiguities around, “What does a business analyst do? Aren’t they just here to capture the minutes and requirements?

Aug 06, 2023
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Recently, a friend of mine called me saying her son, who is studying in college, needed help on a very urgent basis. I agreed to help. He and his student group wanted to discuss answers to specific time management questions. They also wanted to know some industry tools or personal productivity tools one may use. Later they said that my answers were helpful to them. So let me share with you those questions and answers.

Jul 30, 2023
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"So what do you do?"... You are networking, or with family or new friends and someone is bound to ask. This has become a laborious question for so many Business Analysts. It often becomes the running joke and each BA eventually lands on some level of elevator pitch that leaves the curious onlooker befuddled and sidestepping to move into the next topic.  But why is explaining the job of a Bubsiness Analyst so tricky and what does that mean for the future of the BA discipline?

Jul 23, 2023
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As I coach business analysts around the globe, there are 5 common Business Analysis career questions I receive consistently from aspiring and existing BAs and they are:

  1. How do I move into a BA Role with no BA Experience?
  2. What technologies should I know as a BA?
  3. What certifications should I pursue as a BA?
  4. What is the next logical role after becoming a BA?
  5. How do I show my value when no one knows what I do?
Jun 11, 2023
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A Technical Business Analyst (TBA) is a professional who bridges the gap between business and technology. They are responsible for understanding the business needs of an organisation and translating those needs into technical requirements that can be implemented by developers. TBAs typically have a strong understanding of both business and technology, as well as the ability to communicate effectively with both groups.     A digital business analyst (DBA), just like a TBA, is a professional who bridges the gap between business and technology. And, just like a TBA, they are responsible for understanding the business needs of an organisation and translating those needs into digital solutions that can be implemented by developers. DBAs typically have a strong understanding of both business and technology, as well as the ability to communicate effectively with both groups.

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