Recently, we have been focusing on the topic of critical thinking and I was reminded of a blog that I wrote for BATimes a couple years ago. Critical thinking is something that people ask us about all the time, “I need my BAs to learn how to think critically.” What most people don’t realize is that doing business analysis is critically thinking! The process of analyzing complex situations and breaking them down into manageable chunks is critically thinking. Planning how you will elicit information from a group and help them come to a decisions is critical thinking.

While some people might not know the specific techniques needed to perform these analysis tasks, anyone can be taught (ask me about our Essential Skills for Business Analysis course!). But how do you know that the BAs on your team can apply those techniques to effectively reach your goal? In this blog entry I talk about a question to ask candidate BAs to see if they critically think. You can also use this question for yourself and other team members.

I hope you enjoy.

 

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All the best

– Kupe

About Kupe

“Kupe” Kupersmith, President, B2T Training, possesses over 18 years of experience in software systems development. He has served as the lead Business Analyst and Project Manager on projects in the Energy, television and sports management and marketing industries. Additionally, he serves as a mentor for business analysis professionals. Kupe is the co-author of Business Analysis for Dummies, a Certified Business Analysis Professional (CBAP®) and an IIBA® Board Member. Kupe is a requested speaker in the BA field and has presented at many IIBA chapters and BA conferences. Being a trained improvisational comedian, Kupe is sure to make you laugh while you’re learning. For a feel for Kupe’s view on business analysis topics check out his blog on BA Times. Kupe is a connector and has a goal in life to meet everyone!

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