Get Out of the Rut. Make an Elicitation Plan.

I really love teaching. I guess that’s not surprising, given that I’m (at least) a fourth-generation teacher. This is a clip from the 1920 Wyoming Census. The first entry on this page, Gertrude Shaw, is my great-grandmother. Widowed at 29 with three children to...

8 Virtual Facilitation Lessons Learned

A couple of years ago, our President, Kupe, called me about a class I was scheduled to teach. This particular class was Facilitating a Requirements Workshop, and I was set to deliver it to a group of students in the Northeast. The problem was, the client really wanted...

Tips for Running Effective Distributed Team Meetings

This post is a part of our Vendor Spotlight blog series. As a business analysis training company, we focus on the skills needed to be successful without the use of one specific tool. However, there are many tools available to BAs that can greatly impact their...

Should the BA scribe at a team meeting?

I had a discussion recently with a client about how the role of a BA in many organizations was traditionally thought of as a scribe in meetings. Thankfully with all the recent focus on business analysis as a discipline, the many different skills provided by a business...

Facilitation or facilitation?

We attended an Atlanta PMI luncheon this month with an excellent speaker, Michael Wilkinson from Leadership Strategies, www.leadstrat.com, talking about The Power of Facilitation. The presentation was very interesting and useful but not at all what I expected. Being...

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