In this episode of TheBACoach Podcast, I interview a fellow podcaster and a passionate Business Analyst, Brad Botz from Lubbock, Texas. Brad presents some very interesting perspectives on UML, use case patterns, and treating Business Analysts as strategic tools for an organization, rather than just a scribe for meetings, and requirements.
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Why he likes being a BA?
I enjoy finding the best set of solution components to a given problem. I’m a big-picture guy, so I tend to see a large set of possible solutions. The best solution may not always be the easiest or least costly. So the requirements need to be able to justify the solution.
Here is a sneak peek of the episode:
- His transition from being a programmer to a Business Analyst
- How he leveraged the UML knowledge he had and the programming skills to transition to a BA
- His experience of working on 11 different domains
- Why public utilities is his favorite domain
- His big challenge of “doing a lot more with less” and how he overcomes this
- Discussion around the technique of paper walkthrough to alleviate excessive workload
- Use of Enterprise Architect tool by SPARX SYSTEMS
- His tip on teaming up to become more effective and increasing productivity
- Discussion around why Business Analysts are not treated as a strategic tool
Insightful quotes from this episode:
“I really like to deal with people, rather than the code and the database ”
“I really like finding the best set of solution components to whatever the problem is”
“Working in 11 different domains, I have seen it done 11 different ways”
“Managing big workload forces your as a BA to become more efficient at what you do”
“What becomes a real success indicator is if we can get the benefit to the customer quickly”
“Focus on the architecturally significant portions of the software, and not the little bits and pieces”
“Its all about the amount of knowledge you can attain as a BA”
“It is important to think beyond the immediate problems as a BA”
“The more you know the better from a career advancement perspective”
“Focus on what the immediate need is for this particular issue that you are dealing with”
“I have been taking assembly line mentality approach to my work (to be more productive)”
“They know of the PMI but no one has introduced them to an equivalent for BAs (referring to IIBA)”
Items mentioned in the show:
- Brad’s LinkedIn profile
- Business Analyst Mastery Podcast – Hosted by Brad
- Enterprise Architect by SPARX Systems
- Link for Writing effective use cases by Alistair Cockburn
Brad Botz in brief:
Brad has been a BA for over 12 years. He has worked as both an employee and contractor in 11 different industries. As a “big picture” guy, Brad enjoys Enterprise Analysis and finding the best solution solution for the problem at hand. He is currently a Product Manager for a publicly traded company.
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Enjoy the show!