Are you ready to have a paradigm shift in how you can advance your BA toolkit?
 
Let me first introduce you to the original golden circle by Simon Sinek in his TED talk (second most watched TED talk of all-time) that distilled into a detailed manifesto in his book “Start with Why”. In an earlier post I had listed this as one of the seven books that business analysts must listen to
 
Here’s a little take away for Business Analysts from this book:

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In this episode, it was my pleasure to interview Alaeddin Hallak, from Saudi Arabia. He brought forward some amazing insights into some common challenges faced by business analysts. He also presents a unique angle of how business analysis is perceived in that part of the world.  In continuing with the tradition of learning from experienced and expert BA practitioners from around the globe, Alaeddin and I discuss some key aspects of advancing your career. We had recorded this interview long time ago, and were unable to publish it due to the audio file having challenges; however, we were able to successfully repair and restore the original recording. There are a lot of valuable lessons to be learnt from his experience and insights. Here is Alaeddin:

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BA Templates mistakes

Seven Deadly BA Templates Sins

by Yaaqub Mohamed a.k.a Yamo2

Are you a business analyst who is jaded with the statistics of how poor requirements are #1 cause of failure in projects? 
 
And to your utter delight this theory and statistics repeats every year. 
 
According one of the many statistics the #1 cause of failure of projects is due to requirements… In one particular CIO analysis for example, the number was as high as 37%.
 
So, specifically the top cause of project failure is due to: 
 
Requirements: Unclear, lack of agreement, lack of priority, contradictory, ambiguous, imprecise.
 
In this post, I am not proposing that having the right BA templates  will help an analyst communicate requirements clearly and solve this problem and elevate us to the sainthood of project and business success. However, you’ll see factors and practices that trace back to some of these elements that causes project failures. 

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The first thought that’s on your mind probably is why is there a post about the New Year in Feb? Here are some statistics why … 
 
According statistics published by statisticbrain.com, on average about 65% of the people make New Years resolution in some form or shape. People who explicitly make resolutions are 10 times more likely to attain their goals than people who don’t explicitly make resolutions… so, this mean that by merely being deliberate about your resolutions and writing your goals down, you increase your chances of attaining them. 
 
After the first month, more than 50% of the people have abandoned their New Year resolution! This is about the right time when they would need a little push. Or I consider Feb to be the drama-free month when you can really focus on important goals that you want to accomplish.
 
So, what’s this push and how can you ensure that your goals remain in sight and achievable? 
 
What’s the secret of setting and attaining goals? 

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 Your work experience is a lens that can help you make sense of the BABOK. Every practitioners journey of reading the BABOK is different; however, there are common themes and patterns that one needs to pay attention to and learn from.

In this AuthorCast, I am pleased to present a repeat guest, Jarrett Hailes, to enlighten us about how practitioners can extend their knowledge of the BABOK. We use the lens of his recently published book – Pocket Guide for Business Analysis Based on BABOK – to deep dive and understand the challenges and benefits of applying the BABOK. There are many more concepts that we delve into that can expand your horizons and help you see the BABOK in a new light.

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