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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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 thoughts? 

What stops us from taking that next step to making things happen? 

Is there is a system that can help you achieve results and get things done?

In short, there is!

In this special 25th episode of the podcast, it is an honor to present David Allen. Author of “Getting Things Done – The Art of Stress-Free Productivity“, a book that can (potentially) change your life. I regard David to be the “Father of productivity”. Although I have read a few good books on productivity, none have come close to what he devised as the Getting Things Done (GTD®) methodology. Being a software engineer myself, I am a big fan of methodologies and systematic way of doing things.

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

CBAP 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 of her goal, but is a bit overwhelmed with the application process. She would rather read articles about the greatness of CBAP that make her feel good, than start the dreaded application process (her own words). Even though she got a CBAP application worksheet from some of her friends to help her document the experience (one of which is a “premium” spreadsheet bought from a vendor) she is not really Click to continue

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 probably the truer driver.

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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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The Omnipotent BA Template – The ONLY BA Template You’ll Ever Need

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Today is the day when you stop the dog and pony show as a Business Analyst. That’s enough! If you were ever confused with the multitude of templates that you have to deal with on a day-to-day basis as an analyst, it is all about to end. Wouldn’t it be nice to never document meeting […]

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14 Reasons to Get Your CBAP or CCBA in 2014 (#10 is Jaw Dropping)

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BABOK V3 is in development and based on my twitter interaction with Kevin, the final version of the BABOK won’t be released until end of 2014. Let me rephrase, the BABOK V3’s final version won’t be out for the most part in 2014. This date is also not final, and there maybe more delays since […]

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TBAC041 – How to Ask All the Right Questions During Analysis

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I love doing what I do. I love asking questions. I love being in the mix. ~ Larry King Asking questions, the right ones, at the right moment, is one of the core skills of a great business analyst. How can you ensure that you’ve covered all the bases during your analysis when it comes […]

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TBAC 040 | CBAP Success Cast – How One CBAP Started an Agile Revolution in Her Organization

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You maybe familiar with “Knowledge is power” quote by Francis Bacon, but knowledge applied to solve real world problems is even more powerful. Today, I am pleased to announce another new series of BA interviews, which we are calling ‘CBAP-CCBA Success Cast’, a showcase of CBAPs and CCBAs who have made a difference in the […]

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Top 10 of 2013 – The Best of 2013

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When I started TheBACoach podcast in June of 2011, my only hope was to get 10 regular monthly listeners. To my utter surprise, I didn’t expect a colossal vacuum to exist in this space. Fast forward two and half years, we are averaging about 3,000 monthly downloads of the podcast. We also reached a major […]

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