Corporate Training—It’s Fundamental for Business Growth

Corporate training—you’ve undoubtedly heard the term thrown around. When it comes to business growth, corporate training enables all team members to become more valuable assets to the clients they serve. As a business analyst, I can’t stress enough the importance of corporate training; however, I find that many programs are cookie-cutter. When it comes to a successful business analysis project, one-size-fits-all solutions simply don’t work. And the same goes for corporate training. So what sets apart umbrella training and a more customized approach? There are many factors at play, but suffice it to say, a personally tailored training series includes […]

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How to Create Project Management Solutions as a Business Analyst

Think of a project as a skyscraper. You have a vision in your head first, and then you need to figure out the tools and processes necessary to complete the job. This is the most difficult stumbling block when it comes to the right project management solutions. In creating seamless project management, you’ll most likely find yourself asking detrimental questions. Do you introduce tools that are robust enough? Do you design the ideal processes that culminate with the most effective project management solutions? How do you identify the missing pieces that may send the entire project into a downward spiral? […]

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From One Business Analyst to Another: Thank You!

It’s been quite a year at The Analyst Coach HQ, and I have my clients to thank. As Thanksgiving approaches, I’ve been thinking about the many things I have to be grateful for. For the most part, I’m thankful because I live in a world where I can provide service to others. Needless to say, Business Analysts are some of my favorite people, and I never take their skills and goals for granted. So without further ado, here are my personal and professional thank-yous! Live BA Training Workshops: This year, I had the opportunity to host live workshops—and they’ve been […]

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PESTLE: What Business Analysts Need to Know

PESTLE adds yet another entry to the ever-expanding glossary of Business Analysis acronyms—but to be honest, it’s one of my favorites. In case you haven’t heard the term thrown around by the IIBA, PESTLE is the catchier incarnation of “political, economic, sociological, technological, legal, and environmental factors.” PESTLE has a better ring to it, that’s for sure. And I’m an advocate for this approach to business analysis training, because it encompasses a comprehensive transformation for your stakeholders. Here’s my letter-by-letter take on this discipline, and how you can apply it to your own work. (Not to mention, this knowledge looks […]

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IIBA-Endorsed Training: Get it Paid For!

When it comes to your accelerated success as a business analyst, you have to stay consistently on top of your game. That means, of course, getting the IIBA-endorsed training required for you to perform at your top level. When I talk to business analysts from all over the country, many feel as if they have to pay to work. Shouldn’t it be the other way around? While the BA training you receive will increase your income faster than you may have thought possible, the initial cost may come as a blow. To begin, if you can’t find a way to […]

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New BA Managers: 4 Must-Knows to Prepare Yourself

If you’re a brand new BA Manager, or you want to become one, well, you’re reading the right blog. As a new or future BA Manager, you have some new and important responsibilities to add to your plate. So how do you get prepared for the onslaught of additional responsibilities? Knowledge is power! Keep reading to discover how to implement 4 “must-knows” in your new or future BA Manager position.  1. You now recruit and hire for your BA team. Yep, you’ll move from interviewing stakeholders to interviewing new teammates. Even though the interview skills you have are still applicable, […]

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3 Reasons Not to Pull Your Hair Out over Elicitation Requirements

Okay, so your requirements aren’t detailed enough. Maybe that’s what your stakeholders tell you. And if it’s not the details that bog you down, it’s something else. Trust me, I’ve been there. Back when I was a struggling BA, I wish I’d had someone give me real-world scenarios that prepared me to elicit requirements in the most effective ways. Actually, that’s why a developed my new, 2-day course, which delivers the requirement elicitation skills you need to get (or keep) the BA position you’ve always wanted. The best part is that you’ll experience what it’s like “in the field.” Speaking […]

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What to Look for When Selecting BA Continuing Education

To keep your skills sharp, you’ll want to take as much Business Analysis continuing education as you can. You’ll discover the latest in methodologies and techniques, and you’ll learn new ideas for making your projects run smoothly. Several types of BA education are out there, but how do you know which to choose? Consider the source. Who created the course, and who is promoting it? Those involved should be experts in Business Analysis, and they should be currently practicing it. The Analyst Coach offers several different types of training, all geared toward helping you find success in a short time. […]

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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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Common Misconceptions about Agile

When you look at the big picture of agile, it’s easy to assume that it’s chaotic and lacking structure. It may appear less effective than Waterfall and other approaches, but in reality, agile’s apparently easygoing methods are an advantage because it is flexible and can change direction when necessary. Because agile’s focus is on iterations rather than a straight-line approach, often businesses don’t understand its strengths. Agile is better suited to companies with changing needs or those that are comfortable with attempting several solutions to see which is best. Companies that do well with agile tend to better handle ambiguity […]

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