Business Analyst Podcast Episodes

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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 to asking all the required questions? One question, might be a tipping point to truth. Have you asked that? What holds you back from asking a question or questions? Fear? Bias? Reason?

There is an art and science to asking questions though. I think the art of asking questions improves with experience and once you know the proper science behind it.

In this enlightening episode Laura Brandenburg shares with us some incredibly useful insights on how to approach asking all the questions in a project. After all, we are all truth seekers looking to uncover the final iota of it with the last question standing!  Click to continue

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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 real world practice – applying what they learnt as part of their certification journey. This will highlight how these practitioners used their updated knowledge of the business analysis framework to make a difference to the organizations they work for.

So, before we get onto the actual episode, I wanted to share this narrative with you. Knowledge being a source of power simply means it can help you DO things easily. It means you are in a better state to ACT as a result of knowing something.

So, if we represent this in an equation it would look like:

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In this premier episode of this series, I am excited to present Ren Dreyfus as our first guest. Her certification journey has been quite unique in that her trigger or tipping point to get certified was motivated by another CBAP (under interesting circumstances).  She was already a great BA before being certified, but somehow lacked a bit of ‘stiffness’ in proposing something radical during one of her assignments.
She had worked on several domains and had many years of experience as a practicing BA before getting certified. Pursuing CBAP has helped her to practice with more confidence (to an already confident approach) and be more deliberate about proposing the best analysis and solution approaches for her clients. 
You don’t want to miss the inspiration and wealth of knowledge in this episode!
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This is a continuation of the episodes as part of building business capability conference. In this episode the focus on components of a structured conversation and how to use it build high value user stories. What are some key elements that you need to focus on beyond the ‘As a ____, I should be able to, so that ____’ conversation.

There are numerous tips on how you can leverage structured conversation to explore, evaluate and confirm high value user stories. If you are into agile analysis, this is a must-listen episode. You will also listen to some of the real world examples for a few challenges that you may face and how to overcome them as part of using this approach.

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The Big Agile Group Hug at BBC 

One of the exciting things about it is the proposed “Agile Open Jam” that will help you get answers to some of the most pressing questions on topics relevant to analysis and product management in agile. There is also an image and link to the poster at the end of this post with more details.

If you are attending BBC this year, don’t miss out on the Open Jam! This is being led by, Ellen Gottesdiener, Mary Gorman, Jake Calebrese, Kent McDonald and Jeffrey Davidson.

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There are very few gems in the biblio-world of requirements engineering and “Software Requirements” by Karl Wiegers is one of them. If you remember I had interviewed Karl in a previous AuthorCast episode and we had a detailed discussion about the second edition of the book.

Today, I am pleased to bring to you an interview with Karl Wiegers and Joy Beatty who have co-authored the latest edition (3rd edition) of this gem.

 

 

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This is another podcast in the BBC 2013 educational series of podcasts. In this episode we explore the topic of leadership land mines – making good decisions under pressure.

Get ready for a very fun, fast, and often hilarious experience as Marty Clarke identifies the 8 specific behaviors that cripple your ability to emerge as a true leader, and the real-world strategies you can use to avoid them forever.

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