Category Archives: Soft Skills

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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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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 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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Stakeholder or Steakholder?

This week I wrapped up my 7-part series on Engaging Project Stakeholders. In the course of writing that series, I consistently spelled “stakeholders” incorrectly (thank goodness for spell check) and shared a tweet about it:

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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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7 Lessons a BA Can Learn From Playing Diner Dash

I love playing games of all kinds, but I particularly like Diner Dash® (and the entire genre of similar games) for a lot of reasons. What I didn’t think about was that the skills I was honing while playing hours of this game actually would benefit me as a Business Analyst.

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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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