Pragnalysis.com - Co-host Joe da Silva and Lead Business Analyst

TBAC 007 | BA Interviews, Season 1 : Joseph – Lead BA and co-host of pragnalysis

by Yaaqub Mohamed a.k.a Yamo5

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In this episode of TheBACoach podcast I interview Joseph da Silva from Salisbury, UK. He is a lead Business Analyst managing and developing a team of Business Analysts as well as performing analysis and business architecture roles. His transition from being a statistics analyst to a BA is quite an interesting one. In this episode we discuss how IT and non-IT projects are different from a business analysis standpoint and what are the differences and similarities and such. As usual there are a lot of career advancement, and productivity tips for you to take your craft to the next level.

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Why he likes being a BA?

Getting a view of the entire organisation, variety of work, creative problem solving

Here is a sneak peek of the episode:

  • His transition from being a Statistics Analyst to Business Analyst
  • His work on strategy related projects and operating model definition.
  • Non-IT (process change, organizational change, as well the underlying systems)
  • Discussion around his most interesting non-IT work since the past few years
  • Smart metering experience
  • How non-IT projects are different from IT projects
  • What tweaks he had to do while doing a non-IT project
  • Discussion around business analysis activities just being a tick box for the business
  • How he overcomes challenges related to making stakeholders understand the role of a BA, personality conflicts and prioritization.
  • Discussion around early talk with stakeholders, as a productivity tip.
  • Pragnalysis.com related discussion, and releasing of 100% requirements management tool, ReqLine by the pragnalysis team.

Insightful quotes from this episode:

“Its always good to look at new things and keep self interested, rather than just being a specialist”

“…being very pragmatic about activities for a non-IT project is essential”

“the similarity would be separating out the solution from the requirements” (between IT and non-IT projects)

“..when people block an activity for purely their own interest, it can be very frustrating”

“.. try and understand their motives, not appease them but to try and understand exactly what they are trying to achieve and why they might be behaving in a particular way..”

“… one challenge we face as BAs is when people don’t understand what we do, and why we are there…”

“build the trust more than rapport in fact; you can build a rapport with somebody, but still not have the trust”

“..different people do have different style and preferences, try and consider that, rather retreating into a mindset of ‘they need to go through this process’.. ”

“..for me the experience of moving between different industries has been invaluable and has helped me advance my career enormously…”

“.. try and develop a good breadth of technical, business and personal skills…”

“..I love using lists, it gives me a lot of headspace…”

“..turning off email has been hugely effective to increase my productivity…”

“..how many things that arrive in your inbox are urgent? even from among the ones marked urgent?..”

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Joseph da Silva in brief:

Joseph has been a Business Analyst for over 10 years, working for various companies across Europe including IBM, Virgin Media, Skandia and British Gas. He has worked on projects ranging from data migrations, web development and infrastructure deployments to organizational changes, customer insight and rebrands.

Disclaimer: All views mentioned in the podcast are Joe’s own views, and not those of his past or present employers.

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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Joe July 12, 2011 at 7:12 pm

Hi Yamo

great to see this up – thanks for the opportunity to do the interview, look forward to hearing some more soon! Think what you’re doing here is extremely valuable as it gives BAs an opportunity to get real insight into the career progression of other BAs around the world.

Cheers

Joe

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Yaaqub Mohamed a.k.a Yamo July 12, 2011 at 8:58 pm

You are very welcome.

Absolutely, Joe. Hearing from practicing Business Analysts is something that doesn’t exist in the blogosphere currently, and this is a first step to make that happen. Thanks again to stepping forward to do this, and sharing all the valuable insights.

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Katie Metcalfe July 15, 2011 at 1:27 am

Really enjoyed this podcast interview with Joe. His comments around building rapport and it’s value for the BA along with allowing time in projects to explain the BA role were valuable for any type of BA. His challenge areas are common for BA’s. Will try the productivity tips! Thanks Joe!

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Yaaqub Mohamed a.k.a Yamo July 15, 2011 at 2:09 am

Katie, I am glad you enjoyed the podcast. Building rapport is absolutely crucial for BAs, and more importantly like Joe points out, its imperative to build trust. You should try out the productivity tips he offers, and let us know it goes for you in your projects. :)

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