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Top 10 of 2013 – The Best of 2013

by Yaaqub Mohamed a.k.a Yamo

When I started TheBACoach podcast in June of 2011, my only hope was to get 10 regular monthly listeners. To my utter surprise, I didn’t expect a colossal vacuum to exist in this space. Fast forward two and half years, we are averaging about 3,000 monthly downloads of the podcast.

We also reached a major milestone this year when we crossed 100,000 downloads … with an average length of 40 minutes that’s =

4,000,000 minutes of listening time!

The feeling is awesome when I get emails and tweets from total strangers that it has helped them to become better analysts. This is probably one of the best gifts I could give back to the BA community and I am completely humbled by the response. No harm in building good karma I guess.

In this post, I wanted to share what was popular in 2013 that you’ve read, shared and marked as useful information. I will be sharing top 5 blog posts and podcasts that were most read and listened to respectively in 2013.

Top 5 Blog Posts of 2013

The top 5 posts of 2013 are:

5 ->; How to Create a Go-To Set of BA Templates  

4 ->; Seven Audiobooks Every BA Must Listen to and How to Get One for FREE

3 ->; Five Ways to Make BABOK an Irresistible Read

2 ->; The 11th Powerful Lesson from Life of Pi

and the most popular article of 2013 is:

1 ->;10 Powerful Business Analyst Lessons from Life of Pi (Ranked #1 on BATimes.com)

 

Top 5 Podcasts of 2013

5 ->; BABOK V3 and More – BOK Talk Kevin Brennan

This episode contained useful info about the BABOK V3 and when it is coming and such. Also, being a continuation of introduction to the BABOK episode (at number 3, below), this episode helped answer a few most commonly asked questions about BABOK.

4 ->; From Getting things done to Ready for Anything, AuthorCast with David Allen

It was a dream come true to interview David Allen. Interviewing him was a great experience. Having applied and revered his work, it was insightful to hear the story behind the book that inspired the most effective productivity system (GTD®) in the world.

3 ->; Using Project Patterns and More, BA Interviews with Jonathan Babcock

Jonathan always brings out unique perspectives to help the practitioners. His blog practicalanalyst.com has helped numerous BAs around the globe. In this episode he shared some valuable tips on using project patterns, with practical tips on how to track and use them.

2- >; Conducting Effective Requirements Workshop, AuthorCast with Ellen Gottesdiener

Ellen was once again at her best behind the mic, bringing forward useful and practical advice to help BAs conduct effect requirements workshops. Her extensive experience in facilitation, and coaching added to the educational value of this podcast.

And the most listened to podcast of 2013 is … for the second time in a row!

1 – >; 10ish Things I wish I knew Before I became a BA, AuthorCast with Howard Podeswa

This is gotta be one of the best podcast episodes a BA can listen to. I have listened to this 3 to 4 times myself. As they say “Hindsight is always 20/20″, this episode can provide some very powerful lessons for every practicing and aspiring business analyst. If you haven’t yet, go right ahead and do so (like, right now. :)

Which among these and others were your favorite episodes in 2013?

Please use the comment space below to provide your input, feedback and comments.

“Are you kidding me, Yamo?”

If that was one of the first thoughts that came to your mind when you saw this post, I wouldn’t be surprised.

A few business analysts think that the BABOK is really a dry read. Granted it maybe for various reasons. We will explore a few reasons why BABOK can be a dry reading and what to do about it by diving into the five ways to make the BOK talk to you.

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Either by choice or chance, as business analysts we get involved in sustaining innovation – Innovation that helps companies improve the performance of existing products and services along the dimensions that the business values.

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top-12 ba coach podcasts of 2012

Top 12 BA Podcasts of 2012

by Yaaqub Mohamed a.k.a Yamo2

When I started TheBACoach podcast in June of 2011, my only hope was to get 10 regular monthly listeners. To my utter surprise, I didn’t expect a colossal vacuum to exist in this space. Fast forward one year, we are averaging about 2,500 monthly downloads of the podcast.

We also reached a major milestone this year (in September) when we crossed 50,000 downloads … with an average length of 40 minutes that’s =

2,000,000 minutes of listening time!

The feeling is awesome when I get emails and tweets from total strangers that it has helped them to become better analysts. This is probably one of the best gifts I could give back to the BA community and I am completely humbled by the response. No harm in building good karma I guess.

So, how did we track these stats? The premium hosting service we use for the podcast, provides detailed stats episode-wise. There are stats associated with location based downloads, that allows us to conduct the CBAP/CCBA boot camps in the cities where we are heard most (The recent CBAP Boot Camp in London, is a great example of this).

Top 12 of 2012

So, let us do the count down for the top 12, starting from number 12.

12 ->; Who Can Become BA? with Laura Brandenburg

A great episode on finding out if you have the skill set and knowledge to become a BA. A must listen if you are on the fringes of becoming a BA. This seemed to be an ongoing question in the community. Laura helped provide a solid context and information to help the transitioning professionals.

11 ->; Never Stop Learning- BA Interview with Paula Bell

An inspiring episodes. Filled with helpful tips on overcoming challenges surrounding office politics. Her biggest message to the BAs was to never stop learning – and no wonder it is in top 12.

10 ->; From Chemistry to Computers – AuthorCast with Karl Wiegers

Being a big fan of Karl’s work and having studied it as part of my engineering curriculum, it was a great experience to interview him. A great and inspiring story about Karl and his inspiration for writing books.

9 ->; How to Manage BAs – Community Cast with Jennifer Doyle

Jenni did a great job in sharing some very useful tips to manage BAs. This was a great listen for BAs too, since they could always reverse engineer what their manager would expect and perform better. She also shared traits of effect BAs and how to spot them while interviewing them.

8 ->; BABOK V3 and More – BOK Talk Kevin Brennan

This episode contained useful info about the BABOK V3 and when it is coming and such. Also, being a continuation of introduction to the BABOK episode (at number 3, below), this episode helped answer a few most commonly asked questions about BABOK.

7 ->; Go Independent after CBAP – BA Interviews with Margaret Marco

This was a well received episode about honing your skills as a BA, how to approach the CBAP mindset and why you should look into going independent after getting your CBAP certification.

6 ->; From Getting things done to Ready for Anything, AuthorCast with David Allen

It was a dream come true to interview David Allen. Interviewing him was a great experience. Having applied and revered his work, it was insightful to hear the story behind the book that inspired the most effective productivity system (GTD®) in the world.

5 ->; Take Charge of and Care About what you do, BA Interview with DavidMorris

David brought forth valuable lessons from his consulting experience. Tips on coming up to speed really quick in a project, and caring about your career were really well received and appreciated by the community.

4 ->; Using Project Patterns and More, BA Interviews with Jonathan Babcock

Jonathan always brings out unique perspectives to help the practitioners. His blog practicalanalyst.com has helped numerous BAs around the globe. In this episode he shared some valuable tips on using project patterns, with practical tips on how to track and use them.

3 ->; Introduction to BABOK® , BOKTalk with Kevin Brennan

With so much confusion around what the BABOK really is, especially within the BA community (forget outside), this episode did the trick to help. We dived into the history of BABOK and also discussed the writing and review process. This is one of the first podcasts we advise attendees to listen to in our CBAP / CCBA online prep courses and CBAP prep boot camps.

2- >; Conducting Effective Requirements Workshop, AuthorCast with Ellen Gottesdiener

Ellen was once again at her best behind the mic, bringing forward useful and practical advice to help BAs conduct effect requirements workshops. Her extensive experience in facilitation, and coaching added to the educational value of this podcast.

And the most listened to podcast of 2012 is …

1 – >; 10ish Things I wish I knew Before I became a BA, AuthorCast with Howard Podeswa

This is gotta be one of the best podcast episodes a BA can listen to. I have listened to this 3 to 4 times myself. As they say “Hindsight is always 20/20″, this episode can provide some very powerful lessons for every practicing and aspiring business analyst. If you haven’t yet, go right ahead and do so (like, right now. :)

Notable mentions

These two episodes missed the top 12 by a whisker:

Sometimes Leave Some Silence, BA Interview with Jonathan Nituch

Come to Work Happy, BA Interview with Craig-Fox

Which among these and others were your favorite episodes in 2012?

Please use the comment space below to provide your input, feedback and comments.

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Interested in getting it done?

Then go ahead grab yourself a copy of ”Getting Things Done – The Art of Stress-Free Productivity“, but before that listen to this podcast.

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