Category Archives: Being a Real World BA

The nitty gritty details of being a Real World BA

The Golden Hour

The first hour of your day…Depending on what time you get up, the morning is filled with golden sunshine and promises of fresh starts. How do you spend it?

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The Power of Focus

I’ve been struggling lately with the overwhelming abundance of tasks I’m trying to complete on my project, the exorbitant number of meetings, and how to feel like I can get it all done without feeling completely overwhelmed. I’ve been realizing that it comes down to FOCUS. Focusing on one thing at a time. Doing it really well and then moving on to the next task. Stop trying to do everything at once.

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Templates and Processes

The question often arises as to whether templates and processes are too restrictive, or even unattainable, because “every project/client is different”. Here are 5 reasons why I think exactly the opposite is true.

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Resolutions to Start or Stop?

Should our resolutions should be focused on the things we want to start? Or the things we want to stop?

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5 Tips For Making it Past the Phone Screen

Over the course of my career, I have had the opportunity to be part of the recruiting process for hiring Business Analysts for a few companies I’ve worked for. Most recently, I have spent the last 3-4 weeks up to my eyebrows trying to find senior BAs to join our quickly growing team. Having screened…

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Sometimes the 28th Time’s a Charm

Remember, requirements are the what but not the how. And it’s our job as business analysts to help our clients remember that what we really need to understand is their what, and that it’s our job to find the how.

But sometimes you have to remind them of that.

And sometimes it takes 28 times.

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Sometimes You Just Need to Reboot

Have you ever been on a project where you feel like nothing is going your way? Where it seems like no matter how hard you try, it’s just so much harder than it needs to be? Sometimes you just need to reboot.

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Knowledge Transfer Tips – From The Departing Employee’s Side

Don’t waste a single day of your knowledge transfer time! Here are some tips when you are the departing employee.

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Q&A: Modifying an Existing System

Three things to consider when preparing for modifications to an existing system.

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Is It Really Mid-February Already?

Yes, 2011 is off to a fast and busy start! I can’t believe it has been 4 weeks since I’ve last posted! In addition to throwing all my mental energy into a high-priority project at work that we kicked off at the first of the year, I’ve also made a personal move which has consumed…

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