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 Avoid Burnout

Here’s a limiting belief that’s holding a lot of people back from achieving more success in their careers – that expanding into a higher level role requires working longer hours. (I’ll be sharing content over the next few days about limiting beliefs that analysts commonly face, as we welcome Founding Members into the Circle of […]

{Webinar} How to Expand Your Circle of Success: 5 Frameworks to Make 2019 Your Best Year Yet

You want more success in your career. All of us do. This is the natural guiding force of the Universe, to always be showing us the path to MORE. And more success is exactly whatever YOU mean by success. A lot of times it means more money, but it can also mean more time, more […]

How to Create an Entity Relationship Diagram (ERD)

An Entity Relationship Diagram (ERD) is a data model describing how entities (or concepts or things) relate to one another. When created by business analysts or business users, ERDs can be used to understand the business domain, clarify business terminology, and connect business concepts to database structures.  Essentially, a conceptual or logical ERD will visually […]

How to Write a Use Case

As someone with a business background, do you find that many business analyst jobs involve some interaction with the IT team or IT systems? Are you wondering how you’ll fulfill those responsibilities if you don’t have much (or any) technology knowledge?  As a technical professional, would you be interested in learning a technique for sharing […]

How to Analyze a Business Process

When you are trying to figure out what problem to actually be solving before you dive deep into the software requirements, you want to by analyzing the business process and to do that you create both a visual and a textual business process model. A Business Process Model is a commonly used business analysis technique that captures […]

Updated Bridging the Gap Course Guide

We recently updated our Bridging the Gap Course Guide. The guide lists all of our online training programs, and is perfect for sharing with your manager as you plan your 2019 professional development. It also contains some great copy for showcasing the value of business analysis and building a high-functioning business analyst team, so be […]

Thomas Clarke Goes From Research Assistant to Business Analyst in Just a Few Months

Today we meet Thomas Clarke who transformed his career from data entry to research assistant to business analyst! Thomas leveraged his participation in the BA Essentials Master Class from Bridging the Gap to learn how to apply more structure to his work, and engage with more confidence. In this case study, Thomas reveals lots of […]

{Webinar} The Business Analyst Success Path: How to Create Your Dream Job Using the Laws of Success

Do you ever wonder why some people absolutely love their work, get all the interesting projects, and are consistently being rewarded for their efforts, while others seem stuck and never get a break? Which side of the pendulum would you like to be on? There is a success path for business analysts. And getting on it […]

How to Anchor In Your Career Goals

In September 2018, our family evacuated for Hurricane Florence. We are so grateful to be home safe and sound, and dealing with just minimal damage. So many lost everything. I finally had a chance to capture a few reflections on the experience, and some of the positive anchors I put in place to help keep […]

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 […]

{Webinar} 10 Lessons from 10 Years in Business

As you may have seen, Bridging the Gap is celebrating 10 years in business! Many have asked about the keys to running a successful business. With so many new businesses failing after 2-3 years, what principles and practices ensure you build a lasting, sustainable business that makes a positive impact while doing work you love […]

What’s one challenge you are facing in your business analyst career?

If you could solve one challenge in your business analyst career, what would it be? What’s holding you back from more success? Tell me where you are at in your career by leaving a comment below, and let me know what the challenge is and I’ll do my best to help you out! (This is […]

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 […]