Category Archives: Communication

Whether verbally or in writing, business analysts do a lot of communication.

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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5 Reminders For Kicking Off a New Project

Whew! This year has started off with a bang! Kicking off a large, strategic project has been refreshing – and has reminded me of some important lessons. So I thought I’d share 5 things I was reminded of over the past couple weeks and to get your thoughts on what I have coming up next.

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Engaging Project Stakeholders (Part 7) – Keeping the Engagement Going

Throughout this series I’ve talked about why it matters to engage your stakeholders, how to identify your stakeholders, kicking off the project and requirements phase effectively, and developing a requirements work plan (including addressing change management). In this final post of the series, I share a few tips for keeping this engagement going throughout the rest of your project.

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Engaging Project Stakeholders (Part 6) – Change Management

Change Management is the process of identifying, analyzing, and deciding on modifications to your clients’ needs as they have been documented in your Requirements and/or Specification documents. Clearly defining the change management process in advance will help to keep your stakeholders engaged.

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Weekly Wrap Up: Incident Tickets, Stepping Up, FAQs, Compliments, Kids & Clouds

Weekly Wrap Up: Incident Tickets, Stepping Up, FAQs, Compliments, Kids & Clouds

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Weekly Wrap Up: Building Trusting Relationships, Soft Skill Traits, and Having Varied Experiences

Weekly Wrap Up: Building Trusting Relationships, Soft Skill Traits, and Having Varied Experiences

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Engaging Project Stakeholders (Part 3) – The Project Kick Off

In the previous post of this series, I talked about performing stakeholder analysis and identifying who needs to be involved and when. And for those key stakeholders, the ones you’re going to be working with during most of the requirements, you’ll want to set the foundation right from the Project Kick Off.

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Weekly Wrap Up: Better Listening Makes for Better Leaders, Be Invaluable, and Round out Your Network

Wrap Up of some of my favorite posts from around the web this week.

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Engaging Project Stakeholders (Part 1) – Why it matters

Do you ever feel like you’re working harder than you have to? Like you’re struggling to get a good rhythm on a project and you can’t figure out why requirements aren’t just flowing from your stakeholders? One key to efficiently moving through the process is finding a way to get and keep project stakeholders engaged so they are not only informed but also on-board with the tasks that lay ahead of you.

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