Just Enough Doesn’t Mean None! The Agile Business Analyst Role

In an amazing turn of events, I have recently been teaching and consulting in organizations that have transitioned to an agile framework AND have decided, as part of that transition, that business analysts are no longer needed. In this blog post, I would like to note...

Keys to Successful Agile Maturity

As an analyst, it’s always good to enhance your agile maturity by looking back and assessing what you’ve learned in your experience: the good and the bad. Recently, I was fortunate enough to take such a trip down memory lane, courtesy of my annual email...

A Monthly Guide to Becoming a Better Business Analysis Professional

Usually around this time of year I write a post on my predictions for business analysis professionals in the upcoming year, but Jacqueline and I decided this would be a fun topic for our first #AskAnAnalyst podcast episode of 2017. While discussing our predictions for...

BA Skills: Wibbly Wobbly…Timey Wimey…Stuff

I’m a second-generation Dr. Who fan. For those of you who aren’t “Whovians”, Dr. Who is a Time Lord who crosses through space and time in his TARDIS – a time machine cleverly disguised as a bright blue phone box. In a classic scene, Dr. Who is attempting to describe...

It Was and Will Be a Good Year for Business Analysis

To start, let’s reflect on the past year and see how my 2015 predictions turned out. For my January 2015 my post, The Most Critical [BA] Skill for 2015, I said “As a BA, one of the greatest values you bring to your team is the ability to facilitate sessions,...

Best (or Worst) Holiday Movie BAs

One of the things I love most about the holiday season is being able to turn on the TV and find a slew of good holiday related movies. As I was watching a few of my favorites this year, I realized that almost every character possesses traits of a business analyst....

7 Habits of Highly Effective Business Analysts

That’s us! We were lucky enough to be selected to speak at this year’s BBC Conference and just HAD to document the moment with, what else, a selfie! Let’s take a step back though and take a look at how this presentation came together: A long time ago...
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