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...

#AskAnAnalyst Podcast Episode 15: The Remote Business Analyst

On this week’s episode, I wanted to ask (and answer) a question, “Will robots replace Business Analysts?” There are movies that keep coming out that used to sound so far-fetched, like “there’s no way that’s going to happen,” but it is around the...

The Most Critical Skill for 2015

Every January, people take time and look into the coming year to make resolutions for themselves and predictions on what they think is in store for the year. I, like most people, do this personally but also inevitably end up doing the same for life in the business...

7 Ways to Keep Stakeholders Close In A Virtual World

A couple months ago, I had the pleasure of presenting at the BAWorld Boston 2014 conference. During that visit, I met Nancy Settle-Murphy. Nancy produces a monthly newsletter, Communique, and she asked me to help her write an article on ways to help professionals...

BA Considerations when Working with Global Teams – Part 2

Continued from BA Considerations when Working with Global Teams – Part 1 1) Selecting and using common (familiar) processes, tools, templates, techniques and standards. We should try to select development processes, tools, techniques and templates for which the...

BA considerations when working with global teams – Part I

Working with remote stakeholders without face-to-face contact is never easy. If we cannot walk down the hall to ask a question or to look over someone’s shoulder to sneak a peek at their progress – we gain little insight into the detailed work and sometimes we don’t...

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