Think Outside the Box: Other Disciplines a BA Can Learn

Often, a BA is expected to wear many hats. Depending on the day, he or she may be expected to be a systems analyst, product manager, business architect, and management consultant. While most BAs have experience in these areas, disciplines outside the business analysis world offer valuable lessons. BABOK® has several examples of outside disciplines, and we’ve added a few of our own. The more disciplines you’re familiar with, the more effectively you can do your job as a BA. One of the most important requirements of a good BA is having a broad base of knowledge to draw from, […]

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Top Resume Tricks Used by Pros

Writing your resume is one of the most stressful and difficult things you can do when you’re looking for a job. It’s difficult to write about yourself, and even more difficult to read employers’ minds about what they’re looking for. Here are a few tips that may help. Make it easy to read. One of the biggest complaints from HR reps is that resumes are difficult to read because the font is small or light. This is not the place for fancy script fonts or blue letters. Keep it black and at least 12 point. Good fonts include Arial and […]

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Closing the Circle

Countless times, requirements sessions start off with a discussion of business needs, only to quickly derail to the implementation details. Though it’s a common detour, discussion of design should be avoided until the business requirements and objectives are clearly defined and all project stakeholders understand the problem the project is trying to solve. With approximately 85% of software defects introduced during the requirements stage, it is critical to concentrate on the intended behavior of the system before the focus moves elsewhere. The following are a few steps that are extremely helpful in keeping a requirements session focused on processes and objectives, […]

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Money Can Buy Career Happiness

  An article on Forbes discusses a survey completed by a job site called CareerBliss.com. The article states “It finds that employees with higher salaries are happier with all aspect of their work life, not just their compensation.” I think we can all agree that when you have more money, it helps you live an easier, richer life that allows you to focus more clearly on the other details in life where you can’t avoid stress sometimes, such as deadlines at work, an argument with your spouse, etc. The article also states “It turned out the overall happiness ranking for […]

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Don’t Close The Door Behind You

When Michelle Obama gave her speech here in Charlotte last night, she said “when you walk through the door, don’t shut it behind you”. I’m sure I didn’t get the quote exactly right, but she was saying that when you move ahead, help the next person move ahead to. I sometimes struggle with how to explain why I started my analyst coaching and training business and this really sums it up for me. I feel very strongly that I should help others be successful in the career they chose. I have had (and still have today) some great mentors that have […]

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Don't Close The Door Behind You

When Michelle Obama gave her speech here in Charlotte last night, she said “when you walk through the door, don’t shut it behind you”. I’m sure I didn’t get the quote exactly right, but she was saying that when you move ahead, help the next person move ahead to. I sometimes struggle with how to explain why I started my analyst coaching and training business and this really sums it up for me. I feel very strongly that I should help others be successful in the career they chose. I have had (and still have today) some great mentors that have […]

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Six Great Questions to Ask on a Job Interview

When we’re prepping for an interview, we often try to come up with possible questions we’ll be asked and then we make sure we have answers prepared for those questions. Then we worry and freak out that we may be asked a question we didn’t prepare an answer for. But how much time is spent preparing questions to ask the interviewer. This is a step that I think frequently gets overlooked. You get to the end of the interview and the interviewer says “do you have any questions for me?”. You try desperately to remember something from the interview that […]

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Which One of These Qualities Stood Out Most for You?

Eight Qualities of Remarkable Employees I agreed with all of the points made in this article about what qualities make great employees, but number 8 really hit home with me.  I am that person that is rarely satisfied. I’m constantly changing things – at work and home (which sometimes drives my husband crazy!). I change my environment, processes, document templates, etc. I can’t help myself, I have to make changes. Are you like that to? Which one of these qualities stood out most for you? Click here to read the article.

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Why You Will Quit Your Job This Year

I just read this article on Forbes and the article really hit home with me. I’ve shared my story with my readers, so some of you already know this, but a few years ago I was unhappy in my job and during the worst part of the recession we are in, I left that job and the security it gave me for a 6 month contract job – and I haven’t been out of work even one day since then. Because of the knowledge and skill set I possess I am in demand as both a business analyst and a […]

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6 Key Skills New IT Grads are Lacking

I found this article very interesting. So many of my clients come to me because the have just finished getting their MBA and they want a job as a business analyst, but they are having a lot of difficulty getting interviews. Or they get them but they don’t know how to answer the questions. This article sums up what is lacking from a formal education, but is still necessary to the IT industry – including specifically the business analyst role. This is exactly why a mentor or coach is so invaluable to anyone looking for a position they do not […]

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