TBAC 011 | BA Interviews, Season 1 : Jayesh Jain – Get hold of the BABOK®

by Yaaqub Mohamed a.k.a Yamo6

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In this episode of TheBACoach podcast I interview Jayesh Jain from Auckland, New Zealand. He started off his career back in India with a start-up specializing in medical software for doctors. He is extremely active in the IIBA® New Zealand chapter, and is part of the CBAP® study group there. Being a Certified Business Analysis Professional(CBAP®), he passionately advocates the importance of BABOK, being involved with the community, and taking charge of one’s own career advancement.  He is also events coordinator at IIBA® New Zealand Chapter, and his main responsibility is to plan and organize ‘IIBA® public events’ and ‘IIBA® members events’ in Auckland.

It was a pleasure to interview Jayesh, as he is quite passionate about the profession, and also an avid listener of TheBACoach podcasts. His message to the BA community: “Get hold of the BABOK®!”.

There is lots to learn in this episode, so hang tight… and here is Jayesh:

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Why he likes being a BA?

“There are three aspects of the job I like the most: people, challenges and problem solving. I love interacting with people. Being a BA I get to do that a lot. No two days are the same and no two projects are same; there is always a variety in what I do. As passionate as I am about learning and being able to correctly apply the skills and tasks that make business analysis effective, I am a lot more passionate about the impact good business analysis has on businesses”

Here is a sneak peek of the episode:

  • His transition from a health care software start-up venture in India to being a business analyst
  • What frustrated him the most being a developer
  • He explains why healthcare is the most passionate realm he has been in
  • A discussion on New Zealand’s healthcare system
  • Business analysts being treated / regarded as ‘enablers’ in his current organization
  • How he overcomes challenges related to agile methodology
  • His secret of making developers feel at ease with short user stories (rather than having detailed requirements)
  • How he overcomes challenges surrounding managing expectations as business analysts
  • The approach he adopts when users don’t give out information during requirements elicitation
  • His productivity tips for business analysts surrounding work products
  • How he plans his day, and what you can learn from it

Insightful quotes from this episode:

“The people aspect of being a BA is the most exciting part..”

“… Healthcare: most passionate place I have ever been … ”

“when people are excited everyday about what they do, then it reflects on your work too…”

“Anything what we do ultimately affects peoples life”

“We are not just gathering requirements and that’s the end of it.. We are enablers…”

“Some users think knowledge is power and they don’t want to lose that…”

“You have to be responsible for your own career advancement…”

“It’s more of what you have collected rather than how u will present it”

“Prioritization is the most important thing you do as a business analyst”

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Jayesh Jain in brief:

Jayesh Jain is a Certified Business Analysis Practitioner from IIBA®  with over 15 years of experience in ITC, he has worked in an agile environment for over 3 years and has been involved in introducing SCRUM practices to various team. He has worked with project durations from three to over 10 months and teams ranging from two to 15 members in public and private sectors, software, insurance and health. Jayesh takes an active interest in IIBA® and is actively involved in Auckland IIBA® chapter events and Auckland CBAP® study group.

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

Enjoy the show!

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Yaaqub Mohamed (Yamo), is the founder of The BA Coach community and host for the #1 ranked business analysis podcast in iTunes. He believes in adding relentless value to the BA community and advancing the practice.  He host this blog, and podcast to help business analysts throughout the world, do analysis better, by providing educational, relevant, and inspiring content. He's the author of 'The Five Pillars of a Great Business Analyst', best selling 'The Ultimate CBAP-CCBA Study Guide' and the creator of the revolutionary 'Ultimate BABOK Kit'. 

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6 Responses to “TBAC 011 | BA Interviews, Season 1 : Jayesh Jain – Get hold of the BABOK®”

  1. Ketan Shah says:

    Yamo, this is an excellent interview, I have been IIBA member for a while but never downloaded BABOK, after listening to this interview I did and I am so much learning from it. Thank you Yamo and Jayesh for this great podcast.

  2. Corrie House says:

    Hi Jayesh,

    Just a quick question, Where could I get the BABOK from?


  3. Phil Ricardson says:

    Very good and informative interview

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