About Michelle Swoboda
I am totally passionate about business analysis. I have always loved my work – however when I found this role – I felt like I was home. I have been a BA for 12+ years. My first opportunity was when I was managing 23 people and my boss/mentor wanted to challenge me and use my learnings as a recent MBA graduate. He offered a 4 month role delving into the entire department to find efficiencies and to reduce the cycle time in processing contracts. I loved the four months and both he and I were very pleased with the results. I was able to reduce the contract cycle time from 2 weeks down to 80% of the contracts within 2 business days.
I have had many roles – project manager, business process analyst, team lead, business analyst – all that I love! Currently I am starting my consulting career and I am enjoying the new concept of owning your own business and making the assorted choices that go with that.
I started with a contract position as a business analyst to last for one month which turned into a one year contract. Now I am on my third contract job. Each day I cannot wait to see what is around the corner. I am also passionate about writing and have written one book and look forward to many more. I am so blessed to have ‘met’ Laura on an IIBA webinar – I took the chance and asked her to connect with me on Linkedin – and then kept in touch. She helped me recently revive my resume and I realized that until that time I did not own my resume, I was letting other people do that by letting them write it. Very powerful! I live in Alberta, Canada with my wonderful husband and four West Highland White Terriers.
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I’m always looking to help business analysts and am excited to mentor others in our profession. Please feel free to get in touch with me using the form below!