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).

Confidently Transitioning into a Senior Business Analyst Role in the Cybersecurity Industry: Michelle Bosomworth

Today we meet Michelle Bosomworth, an ACBA and Senior Business Process Analyst in the Cybersecurity industry from Southwestern Ontario, who recently acquired a senior role in her company while sharpening her skills through The Business …

Confidently Transitioning into a Senior Business Analyst Role in the Cybersecurity Industry: Michelle Bosomworth

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, …

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

From a Finance Career to Business Analysis: Tracy Smitheram moves from Australia to New Zealand and starts her BA career

In this interview, Tracy Smitheram shares her story of moving from a finance career to business analysis. One limiting belief that a lot of aspiring BAs get caught up in is the idea that in order to be a …

From a Finance Career to Business Analysis: Tracy Smitheram moves from Australia to New Zealand and starts her BA career

Behind-the-Scenes in Business Analysis, Part 5: A Project That Switched to Agile in the Middle (That Was Fun!)

Welcome to part 4 of our 5-part Behind-the-Scenes in Business Analysis series where I’ll walk you through how I’ve handled some of my most interesting business analysis projects using the business analysis process. Part 5 …

Behind-the-Scenes in Business Analysis, Part 5: A Project That Switched to Agile in the Middle (That Was Fun!)

Behind-the-Scenes in Business Analysis, Part 4: Applying the Business Analysis Process to Small Initiatives

Welcome to part 4 of our 5-part Behind-the-Scenes in Business Analysis series where I’ll walk you through how I’ve handled some of my most interesting business analysis projects using the business analysis process. Part 4 …

Behind-the-Scenes in Business Analysis, Part 4: Applying the Business Analysis Process to Small Initiatives

Behind-the-Scenes in Business Analysis, Part 3: How to Survive a Project When Everything Goes Wrong

Welcome to part 3 of our 5-part Behind-the-Scenes in Business Analysis series where I’ll walk you through how I’ve handled some of my most interesting business analysis projects using the business analysis process. Part 3 – …

Behind-the-Scenes in Business Analysis, Part 3: How to Survive a Project When Everything Goes Wrong

A Historical Look at the Business Analysis Profession (2009-2014)

While business analysis as a collection of activities has been around for decades, preceding even the introduction of the International Institute of Business Analysis™ (IIBA®) in 2004, business analysis, as a discipline, has evolved significantly during …

A Historical Look at the Business Analysis Profession (2009-2014)

Next Generation Business Analysts – The Opportunities In Store For You (Insights from BBC 2013)

The 2013 Building Business Capability Conference, sponsored by the International Institute of Business Analysis™ (IIBA®), proved to be a setting where the future of business analysis was discussed not only with enthusiasm, but also with …

Next Generation Business Analysts – The Opportunities In Store For You (Insights from BBC 2013)

Secrets of Successful Agile Analysis: How to Make Your Business Analysis Skills Indispensable

Are you exploring a business analysis career in an agile software development environment? Are you concerned about keeping your business analysis skills relevant in an increasingly agile world? Would you be interested in learning how …

Secrets of Successful Agile Analysis: How to Make Your Business Analysis Skills Indispensable

How to Present Yourself as Capable of Doing Requirements Specifications (Even If You’ve Only Created Informal Documentation)

Many new business analysts are confident in their communication and problem-solving skills but feel held back because they’ve only ever created informal documentation to serve a specific audience or project need. Are you confident in …

How to Present Yourself as Capable of Doing Requirements Specifications (Even If You’ve Only Created Informal Documentation)

It’s Not “All Requirements” – Assumptions and Constraints Matter Too! (BABOK 6.4)

As BAs we very easily get wrapped up in our requirements. That is the bulk of our work – business requirements, stakeholder requirements, solution requirements, etc. Everywhere we look, requirements, requirements, requirements! However, in the …

It’s Not “All Requirements” – Assumptions and Constraints Matter Too! (BABOK 6.4)

The BABOK Might Not Be a Methodology, But the BA Still Needs One (BABOK 2.1)

Perhaps even more than planning for elicitation, planning the business analysis approach will set a mature business analyst apart from the crowd. The purpose of ‘Plan the Business Analysis Approach’ is to select an approach …

The BABOK Might Not Be a Methodology, But the BA Still Needs One (BABOK 2.1)

What a BA Should Know About the UX Profession: Interview with Patrick Quattlebaum

We are looking for possibilities through the lens of the user. Editor’s Note: This relationship started when I queried on Twitter for some help planning a usability study. Leslie Shearer led me to Patrick Quattlebaum, …

What a BA Should Know About the UX Profession: Interview with Patrick Quattlebaum

BA Success Story! Becoming an Enterprise Analyst – Dr. Laura Kesner, CBAP

Are you wondering what it takes to make the move from business analyst to enterprise analyst? Dr. Laura Kesner and her colleague BA</span><span style=”line-height: 1.5em;”> have expanded the business analyst role in their organization and leveraged …

BA Success Story! Becoming an Enterprise Analyst – Dr. Laura Kesner, CBAP