Jennifer Hurley Leverages Flexible Training to Get Hours for Certification

Today we meet Jennifer Hurley who joined The Business Analyst Blueprint with a team of business analysts, as part of pursuing her certification goals. As a single mom, a lot of training options are not feasible, and our flexible online training program gave her opportunities to expand her skills and get the credits she needed […]

How to Get Started as a BA Even if You Have No Experience

If you are looking to start a business analyst career, but don’t yet have any business analyst experience, you might feel caught in a trap. What comes first, the business analyst or the business analyst experience? Why do so many industry veterans say they just “fell” into business analysis and what can you do to […]

Roshni Dominic Starts a Part-Time BA Role at the British Red Cross

Today we meet Roshni Dominic. Roshni is located in the UK and participated in the 2017 session of The Business Analyst Blueprint. Just a few weeks into the program, she turned her Support Analyst Role at the British Red Cross into a part-time Business Analyst role. Her business analysis responsibilities and capabilities have continued to […]

How to Get Your BA Career Back On Track

I firmly believe that once you are a business analyst, you are always a business analyst. However, it’s easy to fall into a role where you are no longer doing traditional business analyst work, and you can start to feel like you are losing your skill set. Perhaps you took a career break to take […]

Starting a New Business Analyst Job – 5 Things to Do First

When you are starting a new business analyst job, it’s an exciting time, but it can also be nerve-racking. Will you be expected to hit the ground running, and if so, what does that mean? If you are learning the role from scratch, how do you make sure that you are the best BA you […]

A few things I believe…

We all have things we know to be true. Here are a few of mine: The more we each do the work that matters to us, and that lights us up from the inside out, the better place the world becomes. Change and growth is part of business and it is part of life. To […]

3 Diagrams to Add to Your Business Requirements Document

Do you create a traditional Business Requirements Document to capture your business and/or functional requirements? Adding a few diagrams to your BRD can make it more impactful and easier to understand. In this video, I demo 3 different diagrams that can easily be added to your BRD. And while a full-text transcript is available, you’ll […]

Are You Really a Business Analyst?

Because we know how to analyze so well, we can analyze and criticize the work we do, and not really appreciate the skills we have. Are you really a business analyst? Yes, you are. Learn why today. For those who like to read instead of watch, here’s the full text of the video: Today, I […]

Trick or Treat

Trick or Treat! It’s Halloween here in the United States and so I decided to have a little fun with this week’s video. We’re looking at 3 “tricks” or issues that can trip us up as business analysts, and how we can reframe them as “treats.” A lot of issues are really blessings in disguise. […]

How to Excel as an Introverted Business Analyst

Do you have an introverted personality as a business analyst and you are wondering how to best leverage your personality to excel at your work? Or perhaps you think because you are introverted, you are somehow held back from success? As an introverted business analyst personality, you might find it difficult to add value because […]

3 Business Process Modeling Case Studies

Business process modeling is used by BAs and non-BAs alike to create lasting change in organizations. It’s how we actually make our ripple effect as business analysts. Today we get specific as I’m sharing 3 examples of some of our business analysts and to-be business analysts, and exactly how they applied business process modeling to change not […]

The Ripple Effect of Your Work as a Business Analyst

As business analysts, we find it really hard to communicate our value. And we often feel under-valued and under-appreciated. In reality, our ripple effect is huge.  You know when you throw a stone in a pond and there are ripples and ripples of water that flow out from that one stone falling into the water? […]

How to Avoid Incomplete Business Requirements

There are many reasons that BAs end up producing incomplete requirements, and this can have an extremely negative impact on our job performance. Today we’re taking a question from one Bridging the Gap community member, who gave us this scenario: “In my company, there are no business requirements meetings. Business requirements are discussed among other […]

Dealing with Resistant Stakeholders

As business analysts improving business processes, it’s not uncommon for us to encounter stakeholders with a deep-rooted suspicion of IT and the belief that no matter what, the solution is not going to work for them. So what do you do? In today’s video, I share 5 ways to help resistant stakeholders on the path […]

Business Analyst Interview Questions and Answers – How to Really Sell Your BA Skills

If you are preparing for your first business analyst job interview or if it’s been awhile since you’ve interviewed, you are probably wondering what to expect. Interviewing for a business analyst job is very different than interviewing for a more technical or domain-focused role. In particular, what’s different is how you position your skills to […]

4 Strategies to Manage Information Overload as a New Business Analyst

Business analysts will often find themselves in “information overload” mode. On a new project, with new stakeholders, in a new business domain, it’s not uncommon to be on the receiving end of new terminology, new tasks, and new information about everything from business processes to how a specific system works. It’s easy to get overwhelmed. […]

How to Protect the Emotional Investment You Make in Your BA Work

As a business analyst, it’s not uncommon for me to get way over-invested emotionally in my projects and my work. I’m guessing a lot of you have a similar challenge. In today’s world, we are so connected, that it is really difficult to break away from work – physically, mentally, and emotionally. I used to […]

How to Build Engagement with Stakeholders

Stakeholder engagement is incredibly important to successful business analysis. Without engaged stakeholders who care about the project and understand the work you do as a business analyst, you will work harder to discover the right requirements. You’ll face issues like stakeholders not showing up to your meetings, unanswered questions about requirements that delay your project, […]

Cloud Implementations: Can You Guess the 3 Types of Requirements that are Still Critical?

As more organizations are working on cloud implementation projects, or leveraging software available in a SaaS (Software as a Service) environment, many business analysts feel that it isn’t necessary to capture requirements at the same level of detail as you would if you were building or updating software in-house. And that might leave you wondering […]

From Customer Service to Business Analysis – Adam Haesler Does Not Take “No” For an Answer

I’m so excited to be able to share this case study interview with you. Adam Haesler’s BA career has been evolving for the last 2 years, and he recently landed his first formal business analyst position. Learn how Adam got more confident in his business analysis skills, mined his career for relevant experiences (even without […]