In this episode of TheBACoach podcast I interview Sakheb Alim from Toronto, Canada. He is a Business Analyst and project management consultant. He describes his transition from a developer to BA as a pure ‘coincidence’. His transition was motivated by his company beginning to outsource the developer positions. At this point in his career he feels extremely blessed, and lucky to be a BA and has no regret that he asked his manager to move him to Business Analyst role.
Why he likes being a BA?
“It is a very versatile field. I am not limited to just one industry, such as IT or Finance, etc. At times, it is a lot less stressful than being a developer! The field of Business Analysis is in it’s growth phase for now, so it’s a good time to be a BA.”
Here is a sneak peek of the episode:
- How outsourcing motivated him to take up a BA role
- His transition from being a developer to a BA
- His tips on pitching yourself to transition from a developer to BA
- How he deals with problems of scope as created by stakeholders
- Stakeholders having conflicting views, and how he overcomes this challenge
- The secret behind his impressive LinkedIn profile
- His experience on introducing the BA role to his current organization
Insightful quotes from this episode:
“I spoke with the management, and I told them I want to give it a shot (to take up a BA role)”
“I am glad they took the chance, because it worked out for me, and I haven’t looked back since…”
“I think it would have been much difficult if I had gone from developer to BA in a completely new organization”
“I guess they thought its easier to replace a developer, than to find a BA”
” I like it because I am really not chained to my desk, like when I was a developer”
“Also as a BA, I am more versatile, I am not tied to one industry”
“A BA is a little harder to replace, not impossible, especially since they know a business inside out”
“Its harder to outsource BAs, but its happening though(esp for one-off projects, like migration)”
“People tend to dwell on the solution, more than understanding what their problem is”
“With experience you get better at anticipating the problems ”
“You have to keep clarifying, that seems to be the only way”
“The best way to deal with it, is just confront the issue”
“You shouldn’t just rely on experience, eventually with time everybody has experience”
“My benchmark is one big certification per year”
“Get certifications on not just BA related realm, but also in the industry where you want to work”
“Try and get involved in interesting projects at work”
“You got to socialize outside of your immediate working group”
“its never too early, the earlier the better (to have a document reviewed by stakeholders)”
“At the end of the day we are measured in dollars and cents”
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Sakheb Alim in brief:
10 years experience in IT; almost all of it in Finance / Insurance industry for Private and Crown corporations. Academic background: Degrees in Computer Science and in Management science.
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Enjoy the show!