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).

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 […]

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.

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

8 Business Analyst Resume Secrets You Need to Know (Especially If You Don’t Have the BA Job Title)

If you’ve never held the job title of “Business Analyst” it can be difficult to get an interview for a BA job. Learn how to showcase your relevant skills and experiences in a business analyst resume.

Bridging the Gap is Hiring – Program Administrator

About Bridging the Gap Bridging the Gap is a leading provider of online training specifically for business analysts. We offer downloadable template toolkits, select self-study online courses, in-depth instructor-supported online training, and an online group coaching program. Our flagship offering is The Business Analyst Blueprint® certification program, in which participants have the opportunity to earn […]

Case Studies from The Business Analyst Blueprint® Certification Program

You might be wondering what to expect from participating in The Business Analyst Blueprint® certification program, and earning your Applied Certification in Business Analysis™. I invite you to check out the stories of our past participants to get a better feel for the kinds of results you might expect. From Technical Writer to Lead Business Analyst […]

Getting Hired as a Business Analyst After Immigrating to a New Country: Eno Eka

One question we receive often in the Bridging the Gap community is around how to immigrate into a new country and find a business analyst job. I’m so grateful to Eno Eka for sharing her personal story to finding a BA job just 2 weeks after arriving in Canada. But while we set out to […]

From Administrative Assistant to Business Analyst to Strategic Initiatives in Healthcare: Jami Moore

Today we meet Jami Moore. Jami participated in the Spring 2020 Session of The Business Analyst Blueprint® program, and has achieved some phenomenal successes in her career as a business analyst. You are going to want to tune in to discover how Jami: Transitioned from Administrative Assistant to Business Analyst by shadowing BAs, volunteering for […]

What a 17-Year Career Path in Business Analysis Looks Like: Stephanie Cracknell

It’s my honor today to introduce you to Stephanie Cracknell, one of Bridging the Gap’s early course participants who has come a long, long way in her career since participating in our programs back in 2013. She shares her career trajectory with us, along with her keys to success. In this interview, you’ll discover: How […]

Black Lives Matter – A Message From Laura

I feel like I’m a bit late in sharing this message. I’m always one to respond rather than react. And I mean what I say. As I’ve mentioned in previous messages, I’ve been on a bit of a journey of expanding my self-awareness and really understanding the issues when it comes to this inflection point […]

Building Her BA Skill Set and Paid Contract Work During COVID-19: Becky Goll

It’s my honor today to introduce you to Becky Goll. We recorded this interview when Becky was about halfway through The Business Analyst Blueprint® program. When I heard about what she was doing, I didn’t want to wait until she had finished the program to get the full scoop. As you’ll see, she’d already leveraged […]

Moving into Leadership, Agile BA Work, and More Technical Projects After The Business Analyst Blueprint®: David Sullivan

It’s my honor today to introduce you to David Sullivan, a Senior Business Analyst from Madison, Wisconsin. David jumped in to lead his team of business analysts shortly after participating in The Business Analyst Blueprint® program. What I love about David’s story is how he has jumped in and tackled so many big challenges…from an […]

Helping Business Analysts Survive and Thrive Through the Pandemic

I’m writing this post on May 26, 2020. It was just over 2 months ago that the U.S. shut down international flights and schools started being cancelled country-wide due to COVID-19. For the first few weeks, I was in a state of shock, fear, and denial. I had scheduled an impromptu open coaching session with […]

I Survived the Layoffs…Now What?

As we see increased unemployment, today’s organizations are figuring out how to do more with less resources. If you have survived a layoff, or even if you are dealing with increased organizational pressures to deliver more with less to survive these challenging times, you might find yourself grateful for the paycheck. But also overworked, overwhelmed, […]

How to Articulate Your Transferable Business Analysis Skills Across Industries

It’s no secret that we’re facing record unemployment. And I’ve heard many stories of those in our community being laid off or furloughed, and now facing a flooded job market and wondering if and how their skills are relevant in this new world. Finding your next job opportunity might mean changing industries, sectors, or domains […]

3 Tips for Effective Virtual Meetings

Many business analysts are finding themselves working from home right now and needing to elicit requirements and conduct virtual meetings.  If you’ve been historically used to working in-person, this can be a huge shift. In this video, I share 3 quick tips for being more effective, and why virtual meetings are a huge opportunity to […]

What Real Job Security Looks Like Right Now

These times have certainly shifted our perceptions of security. What felt so certain – so secure – a few months ago, feels anything but today. This is actually a huge opportunity to see the truth of where our security lies, and that’s what today’s video is about.   To learn more about the BA role […]

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