What Makes a BA a Senior Business Analyst?

What Makes a BA a Senior Business Analyst? The journey to becoming a business analyst is different for everyone. There is no single education, experience, or career route that says “ok, now you are ready to be a business analyst”. There are traits that separate a junior BA, from a mid-level BA, from a senior BA. There comes a point in their career that the senior BA exhibits confidence, understanding of context, and critical thinking that separates them from junior and mid-level BAs. These traits are what separates a BA that ‘gets it’ from someone that needs direction in order to get it. A business analyst that is able to confidently make […]

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Are You Networking? You Should Be.

Over the last year I kept running into someone at networking events that I used to work for. He had been the CIO of the last company I worked at as a full-time employee prior to switching to contracting and starting my training business. I would see him every couple of months at events and we would say hi and spend few minutes in general conversation. I saw him again a couple of months ago at a CIO awards luncheon hosted by the Charlotte Business Journal. By this point we were like old friends. We hugged, I asked if he’d […]

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How to Ace Your Business Analyst Job Interview

Business analyst job interviews can be daunting. While that’s true for every career path, the nervousness and uncertainty that comes with job interviews for business analyst positions is especially difficult. If you’re new to the job market, or if you recently completed your degree, you may feel as if you’re feeling around in the dark looking for a light switch. Trust me—I’ve been through my fair share of business analyst job interviews. Luckily, I’ve learned what works and what doesn’t. Define your behavior. Business analysts are expected to create robust, transformational solutions for their stakeholders and the companies they represent. […]

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BA Career Seekers: Don’t Miss This During Job Shadowing

Observation changes the behavior of who is observed, and during the job shadowing phase of your BA career, this fact of life can be a real pain. After all, how do you learn all the skills you need to catapult your BA career when you’re not getting an accurate picture?  Furthermore, how do you develop the critical thinking skills necessary to land the business analysis job you want?  According to a recent article from the Wall Street Journal, critical thinking is the missing piece of the puzzle for most job seekers.  The article dissects what job seekers—especially BA job seekers—are […]

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BA Interview Tips: “Why Should I Hire You?”

Perhaps you’re fresh out of college and you’re looking for interview tips to get hired as business analyst. Or you might be looking to land new projects and find fresh opportunities in your existing BA career. Either way, the BA interview is a make-or-break experience. Not only does it land you jobs and projects, but the interview process also sets the foundation for the future of your work. The key is to gain an edge in the interview—to establish your authority and expertise—so that no one questions or downplays your skills. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, companies […]

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Communication Practices that Lead to Senior Level BA Positions

Your success as a BA depends in large part on the effectiveness of your communication. Let’s face it: communication is a cornerstone, especially in business analysis. In any number of industries, strong leadership often hinges on conveying information clearly to the people who need to hear it. If you’re a business analyst who wants to climb to a senior level position, strong communication practices go doubly for you. Believe it or not, miscommunications are one of the most common reasons for “failure” in the BA world. When there’s a missing link in the chain of information, you may end up […]

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A Business Analyst's Guide to Thinking as a Customer

Thinking like a customer is one part of The Discovery Framework of the Agile Extension to the BABOK® Guide. In this post, I’m going to share the basics of it, so you can get a better idea of the subject to help you with your business analyst career. To start this topic off right, it’s important to mention that The Discovery Framework deals with the whats and the whys of the product. An effective discovery… Sees the whole Thinks like a user Analyzes what is – and what isn’t – valuable Covering all three literally takes an entire book, so […]

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A Business Analyst’s Guide to Thinking as a Customer

Thinking like a customer is one part of The Discovery Framework of the Agile Extension to the BABOK® Guide. In this post, I’m going to share the basics of it, so you can get a better idea of the subject to help you with your business analyst career. To start this topic off right, it’s important to mention that The Discovery Framework deals with the whats and the whys of the product. An effective discovery… Sees the whole Thinks like a user Analyzes what is – and what isn’t – valuable Covering all three literally takes an entire book, so […]

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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. A new team member should be an expert in his or her subject or position. This should go without saying, but it’s simple to fudge expertise. All one needs to […]

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How to Demonstrate Value to Clients

Whether you’re trying to land a client or finish a project, you need to be able to demonstrate your team’s value to clients. Of course, you know the numbers don’t lie, but your value to a company is much more than numbers on a spreadsheet. When it’s time to show what you’ve done and how it benefits the client, use this as a guide. Know what the end users and stakeholders value before you negotiate with them or begin a project. If you don’t have a clear picture of the client’s business values, you’ll never be able to deliver an […]

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