I like Visio. In the software development world, it’s a staple. But most business people don’t need (or want) Visio to define business (and personal) processes with a flowchart. There are many online tools that will allow you to create flowcharts for business processes. One tool that is completely free […]
Without information, people use imagination. I’m not sure if that’s a quote, a saying, or an epiphany that a human was lucky enough to grasp and share with others. In any case, these enlightening words are even more relevant to a business analyst as RPA (Robotic Process Automation) evolves. People […]
It’s the beginning of October, and that means it is now socially acceptable for grown-ups to let their hair down and have some fun. Around Halloween, some people’s idea of fun is to go see the scary movies that come out around this time of year. But let me tell […]
I like to listen to the Hidden Brain podcast. They have interesting content and discussions, many of which help me to understand people and their perspectives better, which, in turn, helps me to be a better business analyst. In the episode that aired on September 16, 2019, two psychologists explain […]
Below, you can download a Purdue University Cooperative Extension, Knowledge to Go whitepaper published in May of 2005 (according to the date mark) that names some common business assumptions. Though the whitepaper is almost vintage at this point, the information in it is still quite valid. It’s interesting to note […]
In my previous post, I said I would create a matrix showing how [expanded] business analyst competencies and leadership qualities can be considered together in order to understand business analyst leadership qualities. Instead, I created a mind map in WiseMapping, a free online mind mapping tool that can also be […]
In a previous post, I wrote that business analysts can be leaders if they display leadership qualities. (The qualities of a leader vary according to the source, but this slideshow by Entrepreneur Magazine is a great compilation.) If a BA is in a Product Owner role, that BA should definitely […]
When opinions are expressed or statements are made, I like to ask questions to understand how that conclusion was ‘got to’. That’s the interesting part.
According to the Three Levels of BA Leadership Model, a business analyst leader must begin by developing themselves, and then influence outward.
Isn’t it interesting that the only tasks/events that make it onto my personal schedule are the ones that have been prioritized? Isn’t that exactly how we do work in an agile scrum environment?