Bringing Your Company’s Business Analysts Together

As a BA or BA manager, you may find yourself in an organization with little-to-no emphasis on BA-specific career development. Hopefully, you are the self-motivated sort, who is actively engaged in the BA community and constantly seeking out new resources and...

Working with External Clients for the First Time

Meeting with a client for the first time can be both an exciting and anxiety-ridden experience. I remember my client site visit as much for the Mad Man-esqe feelings of being a “badass” as well as for the sweaty palms and heaviness in my chest equivalent to asking out...

BA Life in the Agile World

Recently, I was watching a webinar which stated there is no formal role for the BA in the Agile world. I completely disagree with this statement as I can attest, from my own Agile experiences, to the fact that my BA role is necessary, important, and distinguishable....

I have requirements approval! … Now what?

You deserve a pat on the back! You made it through discovery, requirements preparation, requirements elicitation (and probably a lot of negotiation), and came out the other end with a pristine, beautifully prepared business requirements document (BRD). It is time to...

Laying Out a Plan to Testing Success

Testing is the redheaded step child of the BA world. It is not emphasized in the BABOK and, for many it is not the most exciting part of the job. While we may prefer the excitement of the front end interactions and analysis during the requirements phase of the...

Advice for being a BA “Newbie”

Walking into a new role can be intimidating. In my current role, there is a popular saying for newbies: “drinking from the fire hose.” This is because between mastering names, first impressions, organizational structures, processes, software, and even simple things,...

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