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An Entrepreneurial Mindset to Teamwork

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  Being an entrepreneur has been one of most frustrating, challenging and rewarding jobs I have ever had.  While I am a project manager/business analyst from my corporate life, I now play many roles in my small business life.  I think my favorite part of being a small business partner is teamwork…it is crucial.  Each […]

Expanding the Business Analysis Mindset

Expand the BA Mindset

  In speaking with people on a daily basis in the business analysis arena, I find a common set of questions that continue to come up in my conversations regarding organizational structure and the roles that make it successful. These questions include: Should our team have BA specialists or should we have generalists? Should we […]

How to Build a Wildly Productive Collaboration Model

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My husband and I have been together more than 21 years; we’re married 20 this coming September. Pretty amazing, considering all we’ve been through together, but then again, we are like two peas in a pod…except when it comes to work. He is a carpenter by trade, who left construction when the housing bubble popped […]

The Intersection of Analysis and Agile – Some Examples

Intersection of Analysis and Agile

At the beginning of the year, I made a few predictions in my post The Future of Business Analysis. (One of those predictions has already come true.)  In this post I’d like to share some evidence of another prediction: continued interaction of analysis and agile communities. This interaction primarily comes in the guise of paying more attention to […]

We Are More Than Business Analysts


The Business Analyst As Therapist was an eye-catching article that offered some wonderful insights.  The author, Steve Blais, discusses the BA as a therapist as well as a translator and referee to name a few.  When functioning in different worlds (between the business and Information Technology), it is no surprise there is the need for […]

Keeping Sharp Takes Persistence


Do you find it easy to get in a rut? This may be especially true if you work with the same people and products every day. It takes effort to build your skills and expand your capabilities. We are all busy juggling projects, but it’s important to keep growing and stay out of the ruts […]

That Turns Out Not To Be The Case: A BA’s Guide To Speaking Truth To Power

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In my last blog post, I introduced the problem statement framework as a way to help your business partners better understand their business problems and to help you pivot from business analyst as order taker to business analyst as trusted advisor. During a recent class, my students and I had a very animated discussion on […]

What Does Success Look Like?


Jon is part of a team working to revise the website for an investment company. The team is using an agile approach to rebuild the website and Jon is utilizing 7 years experience as a business analyst with the company to fill the role of Product Owner for the team.  The team has just started […]

Unleashing Your Hidden Consultant: What’s the Problem?

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“So what you do is you take the specifications from the customers and you bring them down to the software engineers?” – (Office Space) Do you ever feel like your role as a business analyst closely parallels that of Tom (the hapless Innotek employee in the movie Office Space)? Are you relegated to being an […]

Prioritize First By Value, then By Feasibility

Meet Arthur, a middle manager in the agent-support department of a medium-sized insurance company in a medium-sized city in the middle of the United States. Arthur is the Product Owner for Phoenix, a project to replace the current hodgepodge of outdated applications, Excel spreadsheets, and rogue Access databases that the members of his department charitably call a […]