Real BAs, Real Experience!

Challenges faced by Business Analysts Interviews podcastIn 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.

Get to know and learn:

  • How they started their career as Business Analysts.
  • Why they like being BAs
  • What challenges they face everyday, and how they overcome them
  • Business Analysis career advancement tips
  • Productivity tips to be on top of your game

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!
Here it goes:

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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.

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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:

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When I was hearing Terry speak during editing of this podcast, one of my favorite quotes from Rabindranath Tagore sprung into my mind:

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“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:

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“Few people even scratch the surface, much less exhaust the contemplation of their own experience. ”
          – Randolph Bourne

That quote was true, until I interviewed Alex Papworth. Interviewing independent BA consultants always brings out the in-depth knowledge and practical insights.  This episode with him is a classic example.

His insights are unique and are presented from a vantage point that is bound to leave you sitting still and doing nothing but listening and note taking. After a well deserved break, and recovery from the collarbone injury I am back with a brand new season of the podcast. Alex is a great guest to kick-start this season. He shares a lot of good advice and practical tips to help you with your business analysis work.

He has also been a long time friend and very active in the BA community with his blog (BA Mentor). He had absolutely no reservations in sharing all that he could for the benefit of the BA community.

So, let this season begin…. Here is the first episode of season 2 with Alex:

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How can a BA consultant add value on the first day, first week, or first month?  What are some key considerations for building rapport when you start a new BA assignment? Why do you need to be proactive about your career choices? Why is planning so essential to remain productive? How can you quickly adapt to the way organizations do things from a business analysis standpoint?

In this episode, it was my pleasure to interview David Morris, from Auckland, NZ. He brought forward some amazing insights into these questions and much more. In continuing with the tradition of learning from experienced and expert BA practitioners from around the globe, David and I discuss some key aspects of advancing your career.

There are a lot of valuable lessons to be learnt from his experience and insights. Here is David Morris:

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