Business Analyst Podcast Episodes

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 Your work experience is a lens that can help you make sense of the BABOK. Every practitioners journey of reading the BABOK is different; however, there are common themes and patterns that one needs to pay attention to and learn from.

In this AuthorCast, I am pleased to present a repeat guest, Jarrett Hailes, to enlighten us about how practitioners can extend their knowledge of the BABOK. We use the lens of his recently published book – Pocket Guide for Business Analysis Based on BABOK – to deep dive and understand the challenges and benefits of applying the BABOK. There are many more concepts that we delve into that can expand your horizons and help you see the BABOK in a new light.

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Why is Enterprise Analysis not the first knowledge area in the BABOK?

This is one of the most frequent questions I get from students attending the CBAP-CCBA prep courses. This is one of those concepts where the light bulb needs to go off if you have to place it correctly. We discuss this and a lot more about arguably the most controversial chapter in the BABOK.

In this podcast, we deep dive into Enterprise Analysis. It was a lot of fun to discuss this topic with Steve Downer, who is very enthused about this topic. I also got an opportunity to learn a few new things from his wide spectrum of experience.

Here is enterprise analysis (and much more) coming to life from the futuristic Steve Downer:

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Can BABOK help your improve your business analysis practice? 

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Time and again, I have witnessed (and know first hand) that having knowledge about performing certain tasks can be useful. In this episode of I present an interview with Jarett Hailes on his certification journey and how it helped him improve his practice.
 In one of the previous BA interviews, Margaret Marco insisted that BAs should go independent after getting their CBAP, Jarett takes this notion further and elaborates on how getting certified can specifically help you. Listen to his inspiring journey of how BABOK changed his approach to analysis and helped him effectively implement business analysis best practices. 
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  To Function or Non-to-Function? 

We all know the golden triangle of software requirements:
Business Requirements -> Stakeholder Requirements -> Functional Requirements.
Ensuring that the right business requirements are elicited and analyzed ensures that you are solving the right business need. Stakeholder requirements ensure that the stakeholder needs are identified and trace back to the business requirements. And finally, the Functional requirements bring forward the functionality that is expected of the glorious future state system. 
 
What about Non-Functional requirements? (I am not a big fan of the way they are referred to as) 
 
Why do they not get the limelight they deserve? How does one go about approaching them correctly? How do you ensure that you’ve asked all the right questions that help you elicit the pertinent Non-Functional requirements? 
 
In this episode of the AuthorCast, I am pleased to present Roxanne Miller a self-proclaimed requirements freak. Her extensive background in software development, training and consulting lead her to author one of the most sought after books on Non-Functional requirements – ‘The Quest for Software Requirements”. In this podcast we deep dive into some of the problems that plague the BA community when it comes to the specification and modeling of the Non-Functional requirements. 

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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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