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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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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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This is the first podcast in the BBC 2013 educational series of podcasts. In this episode we explore the topic of capability and how to use a process centric approach to build key capabilities for your organization

Roger Burlton is the industry thought leader in the field of process analysis and he provides some valuable insights related to how organizations can do this. We also preview Roger’s BBC 2013 Keynote – Process Centric Approach to Business Capability.

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“The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be kindled.”
― Plutarch

I vividly remember the first time I learnt to play barre chords (the moveable chords) on the guitar. My mentor demonstrated the value of having this in my toolkit by playing an entire song without moving his index finger. It was definitely different from reading about it from a book. To this day, I remember that and the importance of playing barre chords.

Mentors can imprint life-long lessons in their mentees’ (the one getting mentored) psyche by providing minor nudges and suggestions. Since being a great BA is not exactly a flow-chart diagram you can follow, it is always extremely valuable to get right “art” direction by mentors.

The reason I named this podcast as “The Ultimate Mentoring Panel Discussion” is simply because I believe this has (almost) everything you ever need to learn about mentoring business analysts or being mentored as a business analyst.

Also, this was the toughest podcast I have edited to date. With four voices to handle on GarageBand, this was both fun and a unique challenge. Additionally , please note that this was recorded last year, so, you will have to add an additional year to the timelines that the panelists will be referring to.

So, here are the mentors and their respective mentees enlightening us all about mentoring:

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IIBA certifications are gaining increasing traction since the past year or so. Since providing support to the certification community is one of our key objectives, I decided to interview Michael Gladstone in this CommunityCast episode. Once you go past the “Why CBAP (or CCBA)” barrier, the big challenge is understanding the various requirements and prepping for it.

It is quite interesting to learn about various facets of the IIBA professional certifications for business analysts. If you’ve always wanted to learn more about CBAP, CCBA and how they got started and what their history was like, you are in for a treat. We discuss many more interesting perspectives; please see below for a sneak peek of the episode.

Here is Mike enlightening us with everything you need to know about the IIBA certifications:

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