The Inner Game of Succeeding as a Business Analyst

Succeeding as a business analyst takes more than just knowing all the right questions and techniques. It also requires getting your mindset right – this is what is called the inner game. I also share how certifications really can help you with your inner game, when you approach them with the right mindset.   For […]

How to Get Past Barely Managed Chaos

If you are always running from one fire drill to another, can’t get key people to show up for your meetings because they have competing or last-minute priorities, and are overwhelmed by trying to finish ALL the requirements (but never actually getting there), then you are working from barely managed chaos. You feel busy, but […]

Your Organization Needs You to Step Up

Business analysts create positive change, make our organizations more efficient, and help us add more value to our customers. If you’ve been frustrated by your lack of opportunity in your business analysis career, this is the message you’ve been waiting for.   For those who like to read instead of watch, here’s the full text […]

3 Ways to Write Clearer Requirements

Clarity is one of the most fundamental attributes of writing good requirements. Clear requirements are less likely to be misunderstood by business stakeholders and technical implementers. Clear requirements require fewer review cycles to confirm and validate them. Clear requirements lead to insightful questions, that show your power and value as a business analyst. But what […]

The Difference Between a Product Manager Role and a Business Analyst

The product manager role and business analyst role go hand in hand. Many product managers get their start as business analysts, and as a product manager, you can expect to work closely with a business analyst. What’s the difference between the two roles? And how do you transition from one role to another? That’s the […]

Laura Brandenburg on Being a Mom Entrepreneur

Last year, I was honored to present at Jeff Walker’s LaunchCon and share my business journey with nearly 1,000 entrepreneurs. During my 4 minutes on stage, I shared: **How I rekindled my passion for serving business analysts. **How I’ve doubled the size of my launches with less time and stress. **How I’m role modeling honoring […]

How to turn training into $$$…for YOU and for YOUR EMPLOYER.

It’s easy to look at the cost of virtual business analyst training and feel overwhelmed. But what about the potential value of that investment? What if you could 5X or 10X that investment through a single promotion or job offer or salary bump? It’s entirely possible, when you leverage your training in the right way. And […]

Case studies from The Business Analyst Blueprint™

Wondering how to make the most of the online training programs we offer at Bridging the Gap? Or if making the investment in The Business Analyst Blueprint™ is right for you? I’m so grateful that 3 of our 2017 and 3 more of our February 2018 participants were willing to share the details about their […]

How to Avoid Missing Software Requirements

There are 2 primary reasons that business analysts miss requirements and I cover them in this video. Want to learn more? Watch this short video! And then register here for the free 3-part video training.

Secrets to Getting Started as a Business Analyst

One day, I was headed back to my desk after a meeting and a senior business analyst stopped me in the hallway, inviting me to apply for a new position on the business analyst team. The thing is – this was NOT a chance meeting. I had taken specific actions that led to this outcome […]

Shelly Feyerherm – Experienced BA Who Deepens her Knowledge and Re-Certifies for the CBAP

Today we meet Shelley Feyerherm who joined The Business Analyst Blueprint as a CBAP® with several years of business analysis experience. She shares how the program helped her deepen her knowledge of core business analysis skills, by going beyond the surface. Connect with Shelly Feyerherm on LinkedIn Shelly also shares some tips for getting the […]

Jennifer Hurley Leverages Flexible Training to Get Hours for Certification

Today we meet Jennifer Hurley who joined The Business Analyst Blueprint with a team of business analysts, as part of pursuing her certification goals. As a single mom, a lot of training options are not feasible, and our flexible online training program gave her opportunities to expand her skills and get the credits she needed […]

How to Get Started as a BA Even if You Have No Experience

If you are looking to start a business analyst career, but don’t yet have any business analyst experience, you might feel caught in a trap. What comes first, the business analyst or the business analyst experience? Why do so many industry veterans say they just “fell” into business analysis and what can you do to […]

Roshni Dominic Starts a Part-Time BA Role at the British Red Cross

Today we meet Roshni Dominic. Roshni is located in the UK and participated in the 2017 session of The Business Analyst Blueprint. Just a few weeks into the program, she turned her Support Analyst Role at the British Red Cross into a part-time Business Analyst role. Her business analysis responsibilities and capabilities have continued to […]

How to Get Your BA Career Back On Track

I firmly believe that once you are a business analyst, you are always a business analyst. However, it’s easy to fall into a role where you are no longer doing traditional business analyst work, and you can start to feel like you are losing your skill set. Perhaps you took a career break to take […]

Starting a New Business Analyst Job – 5 Things to Do First

When you are starting a new business analyst job, it’s an exciting time, but it can also be nerve-racking. Will you be expected to hit the ground running, and if so, what does that mean? If you are learning the role from scratch, how do you make sure that you are the best BA you […]

A few things I believe…

We all have things we know to be true. Here are a few of mine: The more we each do the work that matters to us, and that lights us up from the inside out, the better place the world becomes. Change and growth is part of business and it is part of life. To […]

3 Diagrams to Add to Your Business Requirements Document

Do you create a traditional Business Requirements Document to capture your business and/or functional requirements? Adding a few diagrams to your BRD can make it more impactful and easier to understand. In this video, I demo 3 different diagrams that can easily be added to your BRD. And while a full-text transcript is available, you’ll […]

Are You Really a Business Analyst?

Because we know how to analyze so well, we can analyze and criticize the work we do, and not really appreciate the skills we have. Are you really a business analyst? Yes, you are. Learn why today. For those who like to read instead of watch, here’s the full text of the video: Today, I […]

Trick or Treat

Trick or Treat! It’s Halloween here in the United States and so I decided to have a little fun with this week’s video. We’re looking at 3 “tricks” or issues that can trip us up as business analysts, and how we can reframe them as “treats.” A lot of issues are really blessings in disguise. […]