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TBAC 010 | BA Interviews, Season 1 : Craig Fox – Come to work happy!

by Yaaqub Mohamed a.k.a Yamo7

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In this episode of TheBACoach podcast I interview Craig Fox from New York. He is an Associate Vice President, and a passionate Business Analyst. His story of becoming a BA after working in Tech Support area is quite an inspiring one. I still remember, prior to recording this episode I was super tired, and when I started talking to him, his energy and passion woke me up! :)

It is always a pleasure to do interviews with BAs like Craig, who bring a lot of enthusiasm and positive outlook into the role of a business analyst and what it entails. Craig shares a lot of tips and insights in this episode, including his biggest productivity tip: “Come to work happy!

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Why he likes being a BA?

“Being a BA is great and the experience is second-to-none. As someone who enjoys working with people, has a fun can do attitude and a love for technology, I cannot imagine a better career.”

Here is a sneak peek of the episode:

  • His transition from technology support to business analysis
  • What drew him into being a BA
  • Difference he felt being in IT support and Business Analysis, in terms of adding value
  • His experience of working through a merger / acquisition phase in his company
  • Why he likes giving training to users
  • His secret of having an effective ‘parking lot’ in the meetings
  • How his major career promotions have come as a business analyst
  • Secrets of conducting effective meetings as a business analyst
  • His message for business analyst about why we all need to enjoy this role.

Insightful quotes from this episode:

“The diversity in the workload makes it a lot of fun and challenging ..”

“… the thing you are the best at is bringing all the right people together … ”

“How did it work the old way and how will it work the new way and connect the dots…”

“It was working great and now the laws are changing …”

“..I like something thats a bit over my head..I like the initial kickoff… Everything gets crazy, everything gets hectic.. And the thing I really like is when the ball gets rolling… You look back and begin to think wow did I actually do that?”

“Sometimes it’s the classic case of don’t shoot the messenger…”

“Don’t let some negative comment derail the presentation…”

“If you are just in one area you are going to go stale pretty fast…”

“IT is mostly seen as a necessary expense, but BAs are bringing value to the table…”

“If we actually do the planning well in the beginning everything will fall in place…”

“Long meetings are tiresome .. People delve into details…”

“Just enjoy the role, so few people get to get it.”

“All of a sudden people are waking up and seeing how much fun our job can be.”

“Come to work happy!”

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Craig Fox in brief:

Craig is an Associate Vice President and Business Analyst with a leading private wealth management firm headquartered in the heart of New York City. Craig has worked several roles in the company beginning in the Information technology area and progressing to Business Analysis. With more than a decade of experience in the industry, Craig looks for new ways to innovate within his role while mentoring others.

If you have any comments or questions for this episode, please post them below.

Enjoy the show!


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I am a passionate and practicing business analyst, author, and blogger from Toronto, Canada. I host this blog, and podcast to help business analysts throughout the world, do analysis better, by providing educational, relevant, and inspiring content. Musically driven by Eagles, Lucky Ali, and Linkin Park. Huge fan of Colts, Leafs, and Indian cricket team. To be in the loop for latest member-only resources, and news from The BA Coach be sure to sign-up for our free eNewsletter. View more BA passion painted with digital ink by Yamo!    

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Craig August 22, 2011 at 6:50 pm

Yamo – Thanks for being a great host. You made the interview process really smooth and comfortable. It was a pleasure talking with you and look forward to working together in the future.

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Yaaqub Mohamed a.k.a Yamo August 22, 2011 at 8:06 pm

You are welcome, Craig. I appreciate you taking the time and helping out the BA community with your insights, and tips; I am sure they will have an impact on a lot of BAs, since they were delivered with robust energy, and enthusiasm! :)

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Rachit Gandhi August 26, 2011 at 11:08 pm

Hi Craig & Yamo, it is absolutely correct that if we come happy to work and enjoy the role, we can be successful; the key take away is that our success is not totally our’s, but it’s for a team and the right people whom we carry along with throughout the solution life cycle.

Thanks for all your advice and sharing your experiences.

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Katie Metcalfe September 21, 2011 at 1:51 am

Really like Craig’s productivity tips, energy and attitude. Come to work happy…totally agree!! Small meetings with key people..my take away from this interview!

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Yaaqub Mohamed a.k.a Yamo September 21, 2011 at 4:07 am

Yep! Small meetings with key people helps in quicker buy-ins and saves a lot of time.

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