Most of my time, especially at the tail end of software development projects, is spent preparing user guides for end users. I try to be creative by including screenshots and business process models so that readers can completely understand what the automated processes are about, and how the supporting business applications work. As a BA, you may find yourself in a situation where you need to prepare user guides for end users.Read More
Ready to plunge into the networking space? Professional groups on LinkedIn offer an effective platform for you to share ideas, stay on top of trends, explore opportunities and advance your career as a Business Analyst.
Here is a selection of LinkedIn groups you should explore:Read More
Transferrable skills are a core set of skills and abilities, which can be applied to other jobs and industries. Though most examples you will see are related to soft skills like communication, listening, leadership, etc, transferrable skills extend beyond these and it’s extremely important to identify them when thinking of a career change or advancement.Read More
If you’re ready for socializing and networking or just looking for professional development opportunities, here are some business analysis events to get you started in 2018. So, go ahead and save the dates:Read More
If you’re a manager in charge of a business analyst team or any team in charge of achieving key business objectives, this article discusses useful insights on how you can trigger and sustain critical thinking. Guest Post By Micheal Gilmore.Read More
Managing stakeholder expectations is essential to business projects' success. If you know ahead what stakeholders “expect” the system to do, you can advise them of this well ahead of time to avoid disappointments further down the road.Read More
According to Stephen Ward & Chris Chapman in their piece, Stakeholders and uncertainty management in projects, “Stakeholders are a major source of uncertainty on projects and this uncertainty stems from whom these stakeholders are, their motives, and how they can influence a project.”
It is this uncertainty that constitutes risks to the project. BAs should relate with other project stakeholders to overcome this uncertainty by improving their ability to convince stakeholders to see things their way, thereby influencing the course of the project.Read More
BAs can learn a lot from UXers, that much is certain. But perhaps the most valuable thing the two disciplines can learn from each other is working together. Both roles have the same ultimate aim—to produce a product that has business value and meets users’ needs. The approaches may differ but are far from conflicting: BAs create value by delivering good features and functions, UXers by delivering good experiences. Guest Post by Cassandra NajiRead More
This post is a compilation of websites with resources that can boost your technical skills, and help you become better at work. If yours is one of those organizations that have cut back on training programs; you've been assigned to a new project or perhaps it's just out of your pure interest in the world of techies, you’ll certainly find these websites useful.Read More
A Design Thinking approach enables Business Analysts to solve the wicked business problems they’ve always faced, but from a user-centric standpoint and following an iterative process. Guest Post By Cassandra Naji.Read More
Empathy is one of the key traits any business analyst should have. It is the trait that brings out the interest and concern that is necessary for supporting the delivery of great solutions to the business.Read More
Listening is one of the most powerful skills every BA should strive to develop. I once mentored a BA who had a serious listening problem. It wasn’t that he couldn’t pay attention at all. He could but it required a lot of effort. In many instances during the course of a conversation, his mind would stray.Read More
Here's a list of the most popular 2015 posts, as determined by BAL readers. This list is based on the number of page views received by each post.
A special thanks goes to all BAL readers for making 2015 worthwhile.
Here it goes:Read More
What do you want to achieve or avoid? The answers to this question are objectives. How will you go about achieving your desired results? The answer to this you can call strategy ― William E. RothschildRead More
There is something superficial about today's culture, however: The masses of information available out there and the culture in most organizations can place significant pressure on professionals to project and exude knowledge. Consequently, admitting that one does not know can quickly become a source of stigma, especially in situations where one is “expected” to know.Read More
The role of the BA may not always be clear or emphasised especially when key stakeholders and consultants are also on a project. This article discusses the role of BAs in an ERP project and how they can be organised to add value. How BAs are organised during ERP Projects can make a huge difference.Read More