In this episode of the BA Coach Podcast, I had the pleasure of interviewing a lead business analyst from UK, Adrian Reed. He is really passionate about the business analysis profession and practice. He has wealth of experience in business analysis, in both IT and non-IT setups. I had great time chatting with Adrian, about what he does, and why he likes business analysis. We also discussed some of the challenges he faces as a BA, and how he overcomes them.
Why he likes being a BA?
I enjoy the variety – no two days are the same, and I like having the opportunity to make a positive change to the organisation I work for.
Here is a sneak-peek of the interview:
- Transition from being involved in a start-up to being a business analyst
- The importance of having each day different when you start your work day
- The challenge with multiple layers of recruiting a business analyst
- Discussion surrounding ISEB Diploma in UK, and why this is a good addition to have along with CBAP / CCBA
- Why he likes Enterprise Analysis Knowledge Area from the BABOK
Insightful quotes from this episode:
“Stakeholder management is not PMs job, its everybody’s job”
“Its important to establish credibility through delivery, and repeat the cycle to take your career to the next level”
“The more we make our mantra business value, business value, business value, the easier activities like prioritization become…”
Items mentioned in the show:
- Adrian Reed’s blog
- Pragnalysis – A place for 100% free BA software, templates and tips
- Adrians LinkedIn Profile
- Follow Adrian on twitter
Adrian Reed in brief:
Adrian Reed is a Lead Business Analyst and Business Change Professional who is passionate about the analysis profession. He works in the UK within the Financial Services industry, where he has built a reputation for creativity and innovation in his work. Adrian has a strong business analysis background, having worked on a wide range of strategic projects across a variety of business domains, geographies and technologies. He was a finalist for IIBA UK Business Analyst of the Year award 2010.
Adrian is also a keen speaker, author and blogger. He is an active member of the IIBA, and a member of the team that launched Pragnalysis.com (a site providing a free BA toolkit including templates). Adrian is a true advocate of the analysis profession, and is constantly looking for ways of promoting the value that good analysis can bring.
With this I complete my first podcast!! Yay!!! I hope it came out well. What do you think?
Enjoy the show!