Are you ready to have a paradigm shift in how you can advance your BA toolkit?
 
Let me first introduce you to the original golden circle by Simon Sinek in his TED talk (second most watched TED talk of all-time) that distilled into a detailed manifesto in his book “Start with Why”. In an earlier post I had listed this as one of the seven books that business analysts must listen to
 
Here’s a little take away for Business Analysts from this book:

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BA Templates mistakes

Seven Deadly BA Templates Sins

by Yaaqub Mohamed a.k.a Yamo2

Are you a business analyst who is jaded with the statistics of how poor requirements are #1 cause of failure in projects? 
 
And to your utter delight this theory and statistics repeats every year. 
 
According one of the many statistics the #1 cause of failure of projects is due to requirements… In one particular CIO analysis for example, the number was as high as 37%.
 
So, specifically the top cause of project failure is due to: 
 
Requirements: Unclear, lack of agreement, lack of priority, contradictory, ambiguous, imprecise.
 
In this post, I am not proposing that having the right BA templates  will help an analyst communicate requirements clearly and solve this problem and elevate us to the sainthood of project and business success. However, you’ll see factors and practices that trace back to some of these elements that causes project failures. 

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The first thought that’s on your mind probably is why is there a post about the New Year in Feb? Here are some statistics why … 
 
According statistics published by statisticbrain.com, on average about 65% of the people make New Years resolution in some form or shape. People who explicitly make resolutions are 10 times more likely to attain their goals than people who don’t explicitly make resolutions… so, this mean that by merely being deliberate about your resolutions and writing your goals down, you increase your chances of attaining them. 
 
After the first month, more than 50% of the people have abandoned their New Year resolution! This is about the right time when they would need a little push. Or I consider Feb to be the drama-free month when you can really focus on important goals that you want to accomplish.
 
So, what’s this push and how can you ensure that your goals remain in sight and achievable? 
 
What’s the secret of setting and attaining goals? 

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Let’s say on an average you commute 2 hrs everyday (to and from work) – which I do. So, that’s 10 hours a week and roughly 520 hours a year. If an average audiobook is about 8 hours in length, then technically you can listen to 65 books in a year! 

Well, practically speaking that might be a lofty goal. You will also have to mix in music, podcasts, reading or just observing strange behaviors of your fellow-commuters. Right? 

However, what about a goal of listening to 7 books? Much more achievable, eh?

If you have never heard of audiobooks and you always thought listening was for music and radio only, think again! Your world of learning is about to change. Click to continue

“Are you kidding me, Yamo?”

If that was one of the first thoughts that came to your mind when you saw this post, I wouldn’t be surprised.

A few business analysts think that the BABOK is really a dry read. Granted it maybe for various reasons. We will explore a few reasons why BABOK can be a dry reading and what to do about it by diving into the five ways to make the BOK talk to you.

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TBAC 025 | Author Cast : From Getting Things Done® to Ready for Anything with David Allen

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If you believe that books can change lives, read on. Everyone of us have dreams and wishes, hopes and aspirations for our lives. We have big ideas to do something meaningful and change the world in our own small little ways. How many of us actually take this beyond the brain cells that occupy these […]

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CBAP / CCBA Application Series – Seven Steps to Getting Approved

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This entry is part 1 of 7 in the series CBAP Application Series

This entry is part 1 of 7 in the series CBAP Application SeriesCBAP Application Real Stories Cristine is a Sr. Business Analyst working in Toronto. She has had a very successful consulting business analysis career spanning over 12 years; 3 years of which have been in programming. She wants to do the CBAP as part […]

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Getting Started with Enterprise Analysis

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As a business analyst, how important are opportunities to perform enterprise analysis to you?  For most BAs this work is highly coveted.  Who wouldn’t want to ascend beyond the tactical project requirements and become involved in the strategic decisions?  Moreover, there is also a sense that you can contribute value at that level.  This is […]

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Why Should You Get the CBAP Certification?

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If you are a practicing business analyst, you will eventually be asking yourself this question.  The truth is, you already know a number of reasons why you should be certified.  There are also some things that you might not know.  We’ll touch on both of these later, but first let’s talk about the about some […]

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TBAC 016 | BOK Talk – Kevin Brennan – BABOK® Introduction, History, and Myths

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“BOK Talk” is finally here and there was no better way for me to start this series than to bring on Kevin Brennan from IIBA® as the first guest. He is currently the Chief Business Analyst and EVP at the IIBA®. He has played an important role in building a strong business analysis community worldwide. In […]

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TBAC 015 | Author Cast : Howard Podeswa – ’10ish Things I Wish I Knew Before I Started As A BA’

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Imagine your first few months as a business analyst being the most educational. You get all the training in required tools, techniques, and a great mentor holding your hand as you navigate through the challenges. You know exactly why certain stakeholders behave the way they do, you know exactly when to stop conducting your analysis […]

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TBAC 013 | Author Cast : How to conduct an effective requirements workshop

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If I ever decided to climb the Mt. Everest I would first of all be out of my mind, but once I regain my composure I would look up at my mentor for some consolation and support. If my mentor is Sir. Edmund Hillary, I would certainly be more confident, engaged and have a stronger […]

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TBAC 003 | BA Interviews, Season 1 : Laura Brandenburg – Passionate BA blogger and Instructor

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In this episode of TheBACoach Podcast, I interview a prominent BA blogger who exemplifies true passion for the field of business analysis, Laura Brandenburg from Greater Denver area, USA. She came under my radar through her very popular blog, bridging-the-gap; and over the years she has persistently continued to provide great value and service to […]

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TBAC 047 | BOK Talk – The Science and Art of Communicating Requirements w/ Jonathan Babcock

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In this podcast, Jonathan (no stranger to the podcast and the BA community), shares numerous useful insights on communicating requirements. We dissect the BABOK section 4.5 (Communicate Requirements  Task), and apply the paint of reality to its various components. Here is communication of requirements coming to life:

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The Golden Circle of BA Toolkit – Part 2 of 2

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In the first part of this post, I introduced ‘The Golden Circle of Advancing Your BA Toolkit’, as a principle to help us elevate the business analysis toolkit. If I were to summarize and crystallize this principle I would say:   “This is a principle of starting with WHAT you or your organization use as existing […]

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TBAC 046 | BA Interviews – Alaeddin Hallak – “Stretch Your Comfort Zone”

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In this episode, it was my pleasure to interview Alaeddin Hallak, from Saudi Arabia. He brought forward some amazing insights into some common challenges faced by business analysts. He also presents a unique angle of how business analysis is perceived in that part of the world.  In continuing with the tradition of learning from experienced and […]

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