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).

Laura Brandenburg is speaking at BBC 2019!

The Building Business Capability conference is fast approaching. And I’m incredibly honored to be speaking on my favorite topic these days – The Business Analyst Success Path. Helping analytical professionals upgrade their growth mindset so they can achieve their version of success without burnout is what we do inside our Circle of Success Coaching Program, […]

Medical Interpreter On His Way to Business Analyst: Dilli Sharma

Today we meet Dilli Sharma, and it was such an incredible honor to meet him and hear his story. Dilli is currently employed as a Medical Interpreter and does an incredible job identifying his transferable skills and capabilities, as well as articulate his goals and passions for the business analyst role. Listen in to learn […]

Vancouver In-Person Workshop – The Business Analysis Process Framework

I’m so incredibly excited to announce that I’m headed to Vancouver to present a first-ever in-person, full day business analysis training workshop. This is the first-of-its-kind in-person workshop leveraging the time-, experience-, and BA-tested materials in our BA Essentials Master Class. Bring your projects, common challenges, and real-world situations so we can work through practical, […]

The Business Analyst Blueprint® Training Program – Success Stories – and what it looks like to up-level your career

One of my favorite aspects of running our online training programs is seeing our participants up-level their careers and to be able to help them celebrate their successes. Often these messages come out of the blue, like when Amelia Kram McHenry shared this post with me. Whether or not now is the right time for […]

How to Land Paid Contract Work as a Business Analyst with a Software Background: Todd Fleming

Today I’d like to share Todd Fleming’s success story with you. Todd is from Somers Montana, which is near Kalispell, Montana – a beautiful area of the United States I hope to visit someday! Todd has a long background in developing and designing software and is now a business analyst. Listen in (or read below) […]

How to Up-Level to a Senior BA Role: Munzolli Tower’s Success Story

Today, I’d like to share a course participant success story with you.  Munzolli Tower, from the New Jersey area, is a business analyst with a business background. During the Spring 2019 session of The Business Analyst Blueprint®, he interviewed for and receive an internal promotion to Senior Business Analyst within a new department in his […]

Are You Too Old to Be a Business Analyst?

Today we’re touching a really sensitive topic – your age and how it impacts you as a business analyst. Almost every week, we receive a question around, “Am I too old to be a business analyst?” I always say no, you are not too old – because I believe with my whole heart that anyone […]

From Technical Writer to Lead Business Analyst and a $20K Salary Bump: Amelia McHenry

Today, we meet Amelia McHenry, a participant in the Spring 2018 session of The Business Analyst Blueprint®. Amelia went from reaching the ceiling of her Technical Writer role to a Lead Business Analyst Role making $90K/year in Brentwood, Tennessee. This move represented a $20K salary bump in less than a year. Despite this phenomenal success, […]

Getting Out From Under a Never-Ending To-Do List

Maybe you get an incredible amount of work done, but it never feels like enough. Perhaps your to-do list is always growing, no matter how hard you work or how many hours you put in. Maybe you are drowning under the burden of managing your career, being there for your family, and just want a […]

What a Confident Business Analyst Looks Like: Diana Sofariu’s Successes as a BA Consultant

Diana Sofariu is a business analyst consultant and Founding Member of the Circle of Success. Over her first 6 months in the program, she went from lacking confidence to taking being recognized for her confidence with opportunities to train new business analysts and get her presented to her organization’s most challenging client. Watch to learn how […]

Super Effective Meetings: 5 Quick and Easy Tips

Running an effective meeting is a critical skill for business analysts to master. You’ll facilitate all kinds of meetings with all different levels of stakeholders as a business analyst – discovery meetings, requirements review meetings, issue resolution meetings, planning meetings, just to name a few. What’s more, when you cultivate this skill of running an […]

Successful Business Analysis Consulting – Interview with Karl Wiegers

Today we meet Karl Wiegers, author of 11 books (including Successful Business Analysis Consulting) and he shares loads of wisdom with us from his 30+ years as a business analyst consultant. Watch or read to learn: How Karl made the shift from corporate to consultant. The differences between being a corporate employee and a consultant. […]

A simple flip to help you achieve your dreams

We all have dreams we want to achieve. But often we allow our limiting beliefs to get in the way of taking action to achieve our dreams. Here’s a quick way to flip the reasons why you think you can’t achieve your dream and bake them right into your goal – so you consciously build […]

Leading the Way in Sustainability – Interview with Lisa Curll from Dominion Energy

Today we meet Lisa Curll – Business Performance Analyst managing sustainability projects at Dominion Energy. She has so much wisdom to share with you – I invite you to jump right in. Watch or read to learn: How Lisa went from Administrative Assistant to Business Analysis. What it looks like to roll out a sustainability […]

Restarting Your Career After a Career Break

One challenge I see a lot of people breaking into the business analysis field face is how to get back into the role after a career break. You may have taken a career break for an extended maternity leave, to care for an aging parent, or simply to travel the world. The good news is […]

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 Confidence

Confidence is a belief – it is a belief in yourself and your ability to achieve a specific result in your life and your career. In my work helping business analysts, I see a lot of lack of self-confidence. I see people underestimate their abilities all the time. Our analytical minds can have a field […]

36 Alternative Job Titles for Business Analysts

One of the frustrating realities in our profession is that job titles are used inconsistently for business analyst jobs. Many, many job opportunities are really business analyst roles but simply have alternative job titles. Recently I was asked, “What job titles do business analysts actually have?” So I decided to create this article with a […]

The Career Trajectory of a Senior Business Analyst: an Interview with Disha Trivedi, CBAP

I’m so honored to share this interview with you today. I’ve known Disha Trivedi almost since the inception of Bridging the Gap. She’s been a course participant and we both completed our CBAP certification around the same time (and while pregnant with our first daughters). What’s more, Disha Trivedi is one of our instructors at […]

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.