About Laura Brandenburg

Laura Brandenburg, CBAP, is the author of How to Start a Business Analyst Career and Professional Development for Business Analysts. Laura offers business analysis courses and consulting to people who want to get started in a business analyst career. Click here to learn more about getting started as a business analyst (it's a free email course).

How to Handle Organizational Change and Get What You Want Out of Your Business Analyst Career

When organizational change (or any sort of external industry factor) looms, it can feel like our career paths are constricted. The reality is that when you know this one specific thing, you’ll see these changes as opportunities to grow and expand. A lot of the noise and spin will naturally start to quiet down. What […]

How to Almost Instantly Achieve More Success in Your Business Analyst Career

Today we have a super quick, but super high-impact tip for you – and it will help you achieve more success in your business analyst career almost instantly!   For those who like to read instead of watch, here’s the full text of the video: Are you looking for a way to achieve instantly more […]

How to Catch Up on Technology and Skills in a New Organization

In a recent webinar, one of our community members asked this powerful question: I have been in a BA role for over 8-years and recently changed organizations and I am finding that I am not currently up to date on technology and skills. How can I catch up without overwhelming myself? Switching business analyst jobs […]

Perry McGuire Boosts His Practical BA Skills, and Soon After Lands 2 BA Job Offers in the UK

Perry McGuire joined The Business Analyst Blueprint™ having held the title of business analyst, but not fulfilling the full scope of business analyst work he found in his local job postings in Jersey, one of the British Islands. By going through each of the skill sets in The Business Analyst Blueprint™ and applying them through […]

Sara Rankin Gains Confidence to Build a Business Analyst Career Using her Innate Gifts

Sara Rankin has always loved asking questions and solving problems, and only recently learned that there is a profession and a job title for doing just that! I love Sara’s story of self-realization and self-actualization, from the bigger ideals of doing work that truly leverages her innate gifts with more clarity and confidence and shifting […]

Michael Rodriguez Raises His Level of Thinking, and Affirms He is Doing Things Right as a Business Analyst

When Michael Rodriguez joined The Business Analyst Blueprint™, he had quite a bit of experience (like 10-15 years of experience) gathering requirements as a software development lead. He is a highly skilled and competent professional, and was looking to take his business analysis skills to the next level. Michael shares many tips with us in […]

How to Gain Funding for Training Opportunities

The best business analysts consistently update and upgrade their skills, to add even more value to their organization and achieve better business outcomes. As an online provider of training to business analysts, one of the most frequently asked questions we receive is how to gain funding for training. While many of our participants invest in […]

Requirements Prioritization Made Simple

Ask your stakeholders to prioritize requirements and you are likely to hear groans. While conceptually we understand that project budgets are limited, and requirements prioritization helps us receive the most possible value for our investments in technology, there is a part of us that wants it ALL and wants it ALL NOW. And that’s why […]

3 Ways to Find Cost-Effective Solutions to Business Problems

One way BAs add value is to find more cost-effective solutions to business problems, saving company time and resources in big projects where small changes might be just as effective. And even for larger projects, being sure the work that is being done actually adds value and eliminating a lot of the “fluff” that can […]

From Technical Recruiter to Business Analyst: Jack S. Michel Jr. Shares His Clear Path to Success

I met Jack Michel while speaking at the Charlotte IIBA meeting. He introduced himself and let me know how Bridging the Gap had helped him go from his role as a technical recruiter to get his start in business analysis. We didn’t have much time to talk, as he needed to get home to his […]

3 Tips for Minimizing Requirements Changes

We know that one of the ways we add value as a business analyst is through reducing rework and requirements churn. We get everyone on the same page about what DONE means, and minimize unnecessary requirements changes. What do we do if stakeholders keep changing their requirements? How can we ever be done? And how […]

How Business Analysts Create Value

As a business analyst, I’m focused on creating positive change for my organization, and ensuring my work adds value and increases the return on investment for projects. For those unfamiliar with business analysts, or who have never worked with a business analyst, or who have never worked with a good business analyst, this concept can […]

User Stories Versus Use Cases

If you are on an agile team, do you write user stories, use cases, or both? My take is that until you know how to think in use cases, you need to write them to be sure you’ve got a clear and complete view of the software or functional requirements, even on an agile team. […]

3 Situations that are Absolutely Perfect for Use Cases!

A use case is a type of textual requirements specification that captures how a user will interact with a solution, specifically a software solution, to achieve a specific goal. They are a very common way to create “developer ready” specifications in a format with enough context that business stakeholders can provide meaningful feedback too. (Before […]

How to Structure a Business Analyst Team

This question came to us from our Facebook page. When you have multiple projects and multiple business analysts, how do you structure your team and work assignments? Like so much in BA, it depends. The best answer to this question has to come in the context of your organization – what projects are you working […]

What Tasks to Give to a New Business Analyst

This question comes to us from Marie, who is a business analyst manager and often has people in her organization approach her for help getting started in business analysis. She wanted to know how to find the right task, or first assignment, that will help increase their confidence and expand their capabilities.   For those […]

How to Help New Business Analysts Capitalize on Their Transferable Skills

In your role as a leader in your organization, it’s likely that you are approached by many people interested in starting business analysts careers, and are looking for your support and guidance. Helping new business analysts get started provides a path for you to move into more of a leadership role, expand the credibility of […]

Getting Clear Requirements in Agile from Waterfall Stakeholders

We’re going to the dark side of business analysis and agile requirements today, and looking at how we really help out end users who still have a waterfall mindset get clear about their requirements. This is the under-the-radar STUFF that no one else is talking about. But it’s very much the reality of many of […]

How to Transition to Agile as a Waterfall Business Analyst

So, you’ve heard the news – your organization is going agile. Or you are looking for jobs, and every single one requires agile experience. What does this mean for you, your career, and business analysis? How do you leverage your skills and experience in more traditional, waterfall environments to succeed as an agile business analyst? […]

The Agile Business Analyst: 4 Crucial Strategies for Success

Many business analysts feel like their role is not needed in agile. We hear that agile teams don’t want “requirements” and so we assume they don’t want business analysts! Nothing could be further from the truth. Here’s exactly why agile teams need business analysts.   For those who like to read instead of watch, here’s […]