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).

Can you really be too business oriented?

Have you been told that you are “too business oriented?” How could that be? As business analysts, we are supposed to figure out what the business wants and needs, right? Yes…and, well, no. Watch this short video to learn how to respond to this kind of feedback. Key points include: Appreciating technical and project constraints that […]

BA Veteran Increases Her Visibility on LinkedIn and Lands a 20% Salary Increase: Tammy Schlador

It’s my honor today to introduce you to Tammy Schlador, ACBA, and a Senior SAP Business Analyst, from Tempe, Arizona, who recently landed a new BA position and received a 20% salary increase. In this interview, you’ll discover: How Tammy experienced a light bulb moment around process maps, even though she’d been doing them for […]

How to Provide Work Samples that Get You Hired for a Business Analyst Job

Work samples can be powerful if they match your interviewer’s expectations but dangerous if they don’t. Learn how to overcome the most common problems your work samples might have so you get the job offer.

How to Find Business Analyst Volunteer Positions

If you are not yet a business analyst and are not currently employed, one of the best ways to build experience is to volunteer to do business analysis. Volunteering is also a great solution for someone who is in a role with limited opportunities to take on business analysis tasks. The Benefits of Volunteering as […]

Doing Business Analysis In a Non-Profit: Cathy Warren, ACBA

Today we meet Cathy Warren. Cathy was a Systems Analyst 20 years ago and is currently a Program Director at a non-profit, and has applied her business analyst skills in this role. Cathy joined The Business Analyst Blueprint® in 2017, and then came back to earn her Applied Certification in Business Analysis™ (ACBA) in 2021. […]

From Underwriting to Business Analyst with English As Her Third Language: Zineb Iotti

It’s my honor today to introduce you to Zineb Iotti, ACBA, in Zurich, Switzerland, who is now doing business analysis under the title of Transformation Manager on a multi-lingual team. In this interview, you’ll discover: Why she decided to pursue a career in business analysis, even though her first job applications were rejected. How she […]

Becoming the Go-To Business Analyst – An Interview with Andrea Wilson, ACBA, PMP

It’s my honor today to introduce you to Andrea Wilson. Andrea Wilson is an ACBA recipient and is doing business analysis under the title of Information Management Resource Consultant in Tallahassee, Florida, working in the court system. In this interview, you’ll discover: How she received a $26,000 salary increase while moving into her first business […]

Business Analyst Certification Options – Introducing the Applied Certification in Business Analysis™ (ACBA)

As Bridging the Gap introduced the Applied Certification in Business Analysis™, which you can earn when you participate in The Business Analyst Blueprint® certification program, we’ve been receiving a lot of questions about the ACBA, and also how it compares to the certification options offered by other providers, like IIBA® and PMI®. So today, I’m […]

What is the Difference Between a Business Analyst and a Systems Analyst?

I’m often asked about the difference between business analyst and systems analyst roles. In reviewing job profiles, the roles can seem very similar. In this quick video, I describe how both roles are defined so you can decide what career path you want to pursue. For those who like to read instead of watch, here’s […]

How to Build a Business Analyst Career Path

What does the business analyst career ladder look like? What should your business analyst career path be? Discover what steps you can take to solidify your business analyst career.

What Business Analyst Skills are Important for a New BA?

Discover the most critical business analysis skills for new BA – including core skills, business analysis skills, soft skills, and skills that can be required for specific types of BA jobs.

The Typical Day of a Business Analyst

Hi, I’m Laura Brandenburg from Bridging the Gap, and we provide online training and certification programs for business analysts who are looking to start and succeed in their business analyst careers. If you are thinking of starting a career in business analysis, you are probably wondering what is a typical day like? What can you […]

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. […]

BTG Template Bundle Product Demonstration

One of the more frequently asked questions we receive from potential buyers of our template products is, “What do they look like?” To answer this question, I recorded a short demo of each of our 5 business analyst template toolkits. (Inside the video, you’ll hear me mention a limited-time coupon code. You don’t need it […]

42 Reasons To Start a Business Analyst Career

Business analysis might sound interesting, but is it the right career option for you?

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 […]

5 Steps to Becoming a Business Analyst

Plan out your next step into a business analysis career. Don’t miss the FAQ at the end which highlights the concerns we receive most often. After working with hundreds of course participants and clients, chances are we have your career situation covered!

10 Tips to Engage Stakeholders

Stakeholder engagement is critical to success as a business analyst. Yet, often BAs will face challenges getting stakeholders engaged on their projects. They don’t show up to meetings or don’t provide the input you need to successfully navigate the requirements process. In the spirit of celebrating our 10 year anniversary, today I’m sharing 10 tips […]

An Introduction to Business Analysis and the Business Analyst Process Framework

One of the most common challenges I see in the business analysis profession is a struggle to help stakeholders understand the value of the BA functions on any type of project, and, quite honestly, gaining credibility for the role.  Let me just say that I know what it is like to feel that you constantly […]

What Goes Into a Functional Specification?

If you find yourself in a business analyst role on an IT project, it’s likely that at some point you’ll need to create a functional specification – and these can take many different forms depending on the methodologies in place at your organization. But what is a functional specification? Why do you create a functional […]

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