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).

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.

Case studies from The Business Analyst Blueprint® – and what it looks like to up-level your career

One of my favorite aspects of running our programs is seeing our participants celebrate their successes, and up-level their careers. Often these emails and posts come out of the blue, like this one from Amelia Kram McHenry in our online community for The Business Analyst Blueprint®  just a few weeks back. While Amelia’s story is amazing […]

Amelia Kram McHenry – From Informal BA to BA Lead making $90K/year

When Amelia joined The Business Analyst Blueprint® in January 2018,  she had the ‘business analyst’ job title but not the responsibilities. She even had to volunteer outside her actual work just to complete the program and be able to apply all the business analysis techniques you learn in The Blueprint. Less than a year later, Amelia started […]

Annette Richards: From Senior BA Lead to BA Manager, By Gaining Confidence in Her Skills

Today we meet Annette Richards, who was in a senior business analyst lead role when she joined The Business Analyst Blueprint®. And, as she says, she knew more than she thought she knew. But it didn’t matter because she felt like she had a “gap” that was holding her back. With the increased confidence that […]

Innovation in Learning – Leveraging the Real World in Training to Create Success

I was honored to be one of the featured speakers at Penny Pullan’s Business Analysis Summit. The topic was Innovation and I specifically answered questions about our innovative learning model at Bridging the Gap, and how we help mid-career professionals accelerate their careers by bridging experience gaps.  Penny has graciously allowed me to share the recording and full transcript […]

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 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]