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

Anyone else starting to fully realize that the holidays are upon us? Yeah, me too! But I love the cooler weather and the reminder to be thankful for so many things. Including, some great new articles I’ve discovered this week! So happy to share this Weekly Wrap Up with you today.


Building critical stakeholder relationships…starting a new engagement off right (bridging-the-gap.com)

This article is written from a consultant’s point of view, but of course applies to any business analyst working with new stakeholders/clients. I’m a firm believer that building strong, trusting relationships with my stakeholders has helped make me successful (see my comment on the post for more on my thoughts). This compliments my Engaging Project Stakeholder series well.


6 Traits Of A Great Business Analyst (And How To Interview For Them) (modernanalyst.com)

This article is written from the perspective of how to interview for some of the “softer” skills that are so valuable for a BA to possess. What you can take away from this is how to highlight these traits when you’re interviewing for your next opportunity. If you can provide examples how you utilize these traits, it can set you apart from other candidates.


The Rise of the Renaissance Man: Why People with Multiple Passions Will Lead Tomorrow’s World (feelgooder.com)

While this post is not specific to business analysis, I love how it draws attention to having varied interests and passions, and being well-rounded to be a leader for tomorrow. As business analysts, we are leaders. And the more varied our experiences (personal and professional) the more we will be able to relate to and lead those around us. This supports my perspective that a good business analyst can be learn and be effective in any industry, and in fact could bring some new and interesting perspectives from their varied experiences.


What articles or sites did you read this week that you’d like to share? I’m always on the lookout for new sources of inspiration, so please post a link or two to your favorites in the comments below.

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