Business Analyst Blog

Build Solid Relationships

It is so important for people in the business analysis role to build strong, solid relationships both in and out of the office.  Many people dislike the term "networking," but I feel it is one of the most important skills of a successful BA.  By helping others and...

It’s Not the Shoes

When I was a young buck I could not beat this one kid on the block in a 100 yard dash.  I was convinced it was my worn out shoes causing me to lose time and time again.  I pleaded and begged my parents to buy me a new pair of sneakers for weeks.  Eventually they gave...

Stakeholders who change their mind

I presented a webinar for Catalyze (www.mycatalyze.org) on February 14th entitled Designing a Sure-Fire Stakeholder Strategy. The presentation touched on the importance of business analysis planning, specifically planning for stakeholder communications. We had 150...

Career Advice from CIOs

We, B2T, often get career advice questions coming in to our blog.  They mostly relate specifically on how to enter the BA profession and advance once in it.  I thought you all would be interested in an article I just read, "It Worked For Me: Career Advice from Top...

Intelligent business analysis – Now!

In today’s uncertain economic times businesses, governments, and non-profits around the globe are trying to maximize their efforts, develop innovative opportunities, and overcome difficult challenges. During this economic slump in the US some organizations are...

Business Analysis vs. Systems Engineering

When I was in South Africa last fall, a systems engineer told me about an organization called INCOSE. I was not familiar with it but he told me that they had many of the same goals as the IIBA so I decided to take a look. Some information from their website: The...

Don’t go to an orthopedic doctor for heart surgery

You wouldn't seek treatment from an orthopedic doctor for heart surgery. So why would you want business analysis training from a provider who specializes in project management? We understand that business analysis is a role comprised of a broad range of skills...

When you communicate is anyone listening?

After recently attending a couple of conferences with business analysts and project managers, I noticed a common theme about the topics presented this year. Many speakers devoted their energies to discussing the importance and complexity of effective project...

It’s all about Teamwork

Over the last few months I have been in more discussions than I can count about the role of the business analyst, project manager vs. business analyst, where the business analyst fits in on an agile team, and which roles are needed to make a successful team.  They...

Planning for the BA Career

I wanted to share a great presentation from the Project World and World Congress for Business Analysts conference in Anaheim this month. Russ Pena from Sun Trust presented their professional development framework. His organization has recognized the importance of the...

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