Posted by tac_admin, June 27, 2014

Best Of: The Analyst Coach's Favorite Articles


I share lots of information with my community on a regular basis through my weekly blog posts. From business analysis tips, to advice for becoming a more effective leader, to tips to boost your creativity, and more: I’m committed to providing you with all of the resources, strategies, and facts you need to become a successful Business Analyst.

Below, I’ve chosen 7 of my favorite articles to help you further succeed in your BA career. Whether you’ve read them already, bookmarked them, or haven’t yet seen these popular posts for BAs, grab a cup of coffee, sit back, and enjoy the read!

#1: 5 Tips to Make You a Better Leader

A good leader inspires trust and support in his or her coworkers, and anyone can become a better leader with a few quick tips.

Know your own strengths (and weaknesses). If you need to, sit down and write a list of what you’re good at and what you’re not so good at. Seeing your strengths and weaknesses in black and white will help you to know why you’re an effective leader, and it will also point out where you can improve.

Be confident in yourself.

If you’re not confident, how can you expect anyone else to trust your leadership? If you know your own strengths, then confidence will naturally follow. The people you are leading must have faith in you, and if they know you are confident in your abilities, they will relax and let you lead them.

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#2: What to Look For When Recruiting Team Members

Not every person you work with will be a good fit for every team you put together. There may be times you need to look outside your company for new team members, such as business analysts or software engineers.
Which traits should you look for in new team members?

This is not an exhaustive list, but it should give you a good idea of what a desirable teammate looks like.

Get my list here.

#3: How to Work with Different Personality Types

Often, when we have a conflict with a coworker or a client, it’s merely a case of clashing personality types. While there are many different personality types (which can be tested), most of us fall into three types: A, B, and C. Each one has its challenges and strengths, which you need to know to work effectively with them.

We break down each personality type and offer the best tips for working cooperatively and effectively with each in this must-read article.

Read on here…

#4: Take Control of Meetings with Your Body Language

In business analysis, words are important, clearly—but when you’re face-to-face, what you don’t say (or hear) is at least as important as what you do say. To put your best BA self-forward in meetings, try some of these ideas.

Take your rightful place at the table.
It’s a mystery why there is never enough room at the conference table for everyone invited to meetings. Three or four people always end up sitting along the wall or in the corners. Don’t be that person—arrive at every meeting early enough to get a seat at the table and make your presence known.
If you arrive late and try to squeeze in, you’ll feel diminished, and it will show.

I reveal 4 more ways to be in charge of your own body language and master your next meeting right here.

#5: How Do You Stand Out From the Crowd?

As a BA, you bring unique skills to the table that aren’t easy to find. If you make a list of your qualities, experiences, and knowledge, you’ll see that you have an impressive resume indeed.

Do you make your distinctive skill set known to your clients and teams? Do you tell and show them exactly what you can do? If not, why not?

No one else will toot your horn, so you need to do it. You offer the companies you work with an incredible package in your knowledge, which will translate to a significant advantage in their marketplaces. Nobody does what you do, the way you do it.

Don’t believe that? Prove it to yourself.

Learn how to think outside the box and open yourself up to more project possibilities.

#6: The Power of the Written Word

Much of a business analyst’s job revolves around effective communication. As with all other tasks involved with your job, clarity and attention to detail are the key components to your team project’s success.

As the liaison between SMEs and the technical team, it is the responsibility of the business analyst to keep these groups up-to-date on the project with meeting minutes, emails, memos, and status reports.

Before you write anything that will be shared with an audience, remember to select words that your readers will readily understand. Be aware of words that have multiple meanings, can be misconstrued, or send up red flags that will bar your reader from accepting the message.

And always remember the receiver determines the meaning of any message. It is not the actual content of the message that matters; it is what the listener thinks you said.

Take a deeper look at the expectations for your written communication skills as a BA.

#7: The Keys to Project Success

As Business Analysts, you will not maintain the project plan for the projects you are on, but you should give input on tasks you need to do and the duration for those tasks.

Even though you are not the project manager, it is helpful for all team members to have an understanding of what factors can increase the likelihood of project success.

Here are my essential keys to project success.

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