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.
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?..”
Items mentioned in the show:
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.
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Enjoy the show!