In this series of The BA Coach podcast, I interview passionate practitioners of business analysis, and bring to light a panorama of their experience. A thousand books cannot replace one real BA’s experience, and advice.
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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:
Knowledge = More ways of doing things = Being more adaptive = Power
Helping stakeholders to get to the “aha!” moment is a joy.
If you are a business analyst and after a long and hard stint of work when you see your stakeholders overcome a problem, an organization achieve a business goal or objective, that is the moment of rejoicing! I am sure you can relate to this feeling.
In this episode, you will get to hear from a top-notch BA in UK, creating ‘Aha’ moments for his clients in every engagement. His passion for doing work that can goes beyond just being a ‘project’ can serve as a great example for us to learn from.He shares many insights and tips that can help practitioners understand that our profession is a social profession and that collaboration is at the heart of a project well done.
So, here is David, sharing tips, suggestions, and insights to help you help your stakeholders get better “Aha!” moments:
When I was hearing Terry speak during editing of this podcast, one of my favorite quotes from Rabindranath Tagore sprung into my mind:
“Let us not pray to be sheltered from dangers but to be fearless when facing them.”
– Rabindranath Tagore
Embedded in this interview are examples of what BAs can do and achieve by fearlessly facing their stakeholders and treading forward with boldness.
I got introduced to Terry when she first commented on a blog post that I had posted on LinkedIn, and ever since we have kept in touch. She is a great BA, friend and fellow coach. She is also rendering a great service to the community by helping working professional transition into the BA role and also helping practitioners advance boldly.
There are lot of valuable lessons to learn from this episode. There were no leashes on what she wanted to share with her fellow BAs. Keeping the tradition of sharing some pressing challenges and how she overcomes them, advancement tips, etc. , her biggest advice to the BAs is to ‘be bold and fearless’ to succeed.
So, here is the inspirational Terry: