Do You Know What We Did Since Last Summer?

by Yaaqub Mohamed a.k.a Yamo8

“Well Bob, at summer’s end I plan on moving to New York where I’ll pursue a career as a serious actress. It’s my goal to entertain the world through artistic expression. Through art I shall serve my country.”  

~ Helen (Sarah Michelle Gellar) from the movie  “I know what you did last summer.”

On a beautiful summer day last year, I almost felt like Helen when I tread on a path to embark on the journey of  My goal was to entertain, educate and inspire the BA community.  Blogging, graphic designing and podcasting were the art forms to be used. Having spent over a decade in the world of software industry, and loving all the aspects of being a business analyst, I thought it was time for me to give back to the BA community and also learn from other talented practitioners, authors and thought leaders.

A Dream to Help Fellow BAs

A year ago, every pixel of this blog and every decibel of this podcast was a dream. It was a vision to create something truly useful and help the BA practitioners advance their careers; one podcast episode and blog post at a time.

Today marks the first anniversary of TheBACoach blog and podcast. It is a momentous day for me to have had the honor of serving my fellow BA practitioners by creating inspiring, relevant and educational content.

I want to thank each and everyone who was behind the stellar success of the podcast and blog over the past year.

Thanks to our Readers and Listeners

Thanks to thousands of readers and listeners from all corners of the world for tuning into the podcast and the blog. It really means a lot when you dedicate 30 mins to an hour listening to each podcast episode.

Season 1 – Passion to Peak – An Unprecedented Learning Opportunity

With over 40,000 downloads, 103 Tips and Tricks for practitioners, this 25-episode season presents an unprecedented learning opportunity for business analysis practitioners. Over 250 hours were spent in recording, post-production and publication of these episodes to deliver an enlightening 1019 minutes of inspiring, entertaining, relevant and educational audio content.

See below to see a 10 minute glimpse of this via this trailer for season 1 (This also happens to be our first video for the youtube channel starting this year):



Thanks to the Podcast Guests of Season 1

While hosting is an important aspect of producing a podcast, these episodes wouldn’t have come to life without having great guests.  In the order of episodes, I would like to thank the following guests for being part of Season 1 of TheBACoach podcast:

  • Bennett Medes – the unseen BA behind the podcast. He is the splendid voice that rendered the podcast intro.  A great supporter, friend and critique that helped with valuable advice all along.
  • Adrian Reed – for taking me up on my tweet request to be interviewed and helping me engineer and test the format for the first BA interview episode.
  • Laura Brandenburg – for inspiring the BA community through her blog bridging the gap and helping many talented individuals become BAs.
  • Katie Metcalfe – for being a great friend and unrelenting fan of the podcast and blog. Helped shape the podcast in the initial days by proving ideas and suggestions to bring on some great guests. She also runs the book review section of this blog.
  • Doug Goldberg – for being a genuine friend and someone who wasn’t afraid to point flaws that were not obvious to me during the early days of ramping up
  • Brad Botz – for being a soundboard for podcasting ideas. A fellow podcaster that provided support, podcasting ideas and help during the initial days.
  • Joseph De Silva – for being a great contributor to the BA community through his free ebook and
  • Sakheb Alim – for providing valuable insights to grow one’s career and being a supportive friend by spreading the word about the podcast.
  • Ellen Gottesdiener – for trusting and giving her valuable time to record three podcast episodes, without seeing a live website or listening to any of my work.
  • Mary Gorman – for providing positive encouragement and sharing incredible business analysis insights on the podcasts.
  • Craig Fox – for bringing highly enthused energy to his podcast episode that is refreshing and invigorating for any listener and for actively retweeting TheBACoach content.
  • Jayesh Jain – for being a great supporter and evangelist of the podcast and providing valuable career advancement insights.
  • Jonathan Nituch – for being a great friend, business partner and creating the most compelling business case for CBAP through his blog post on “Why CBAP?
  • Jonathan Babcock – for providing valuable content to the BA Community through his blog and being a great friend, advisor and supported of the podcast.
  • Howard Podeswa – for being an inspiring author, friend and a mentor. Also, for providing valuable insights and advice on publishing and training business.
  • Kevin Brennan – for playing a valuable role at the IIBA and helping the BA community be more engaged with the IIBA.
  • Margaret Marco – for being a model CBAP and inventing the phrase “…CBAP is my graduation point… “ & for being an active advocate of using debating as a means to hone one’s communication skills.
  • Jennifer Doyle – for being an active supporter and providing valuable feedback and encouragement all along the year.
  • Karl Wiegers – for being an inspiring author, mentor and an active member of TheBACoach community.
  • Paula Bell – for bringing in some unique perspectives about the role of a BA and for sharing valuable insights with the community from her coaching and mentoring experience.
  • David Morris – for being an inspiring and active member of the BA community and is probably the most active BA in New Zealand.
  • David Allen – for changing my perspectives on getting things done and sharing his personal story of how he created the Getting Things Done (GTD®) system.

The Family and Friends Support

I would like to thank my mom for being a source of inspiration that helped me give back to the community. Her lessons about the importance of giving back to the community is the most powerful driving force behind all the generosity on this website. My wife for believing in my dreams & providing constant support and encouragement.

The Future of TheBACoach

At a high level here are a few things that you could expect to see in the coming year:

  • Continue to create high quality podcasts for FREE
  • Create a few special exclusive episodes for the eNewsletter subscribers (no premium access planned as yet).
  • Launch an unprecedented online CCBA/CBAP Prep course (be the first to know).
  • Partner with other training providers and freelance trainers to launch CCBA/CBAP Prep boot camps and other valuable BA courses worldwide.
  • Work towards getting into the corporate training arena to provide unprecedented courses and value to organizations in the realms of business analysis.
  • Explore video content production and launch TheBACoach TV this summer (registered TheBACoach.TV today J).
  • Special projects - code-named “Project AC” and “Project Moksha” (means “liberation” in Sanskrit).

What do you like about TheBACoach podcast and blog so far? What do you think we could do to bring unprecedented value to the BA community in the coming year?

Please use the comment space below to share your comments, thoughts or questions.


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Yaaqub Mohamed (Yamo), is the founder of The BA Coach community and host for the #1 ranked business analysis podcast in iTunes. He believes in adding relentless value to the BA community and advancing the practice.  He host this blog, and podcast to help business analysts throughout the world, do analysis better, by providing educational, relevant, and inspiring content. He's the author of 'The Five Pillars of a Great Business Analyst', best selling 'The Ultimate CBAP-CCBA Study Guide' and the creator of the revolutionary 'Ultimate BABOK Kit'. 

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8 Responses to “Do You Know What We Did Since Last Summer?”

  1. Congratulations on this milestone Yamo! You’ve made a huge contribution in just one short year … and making it to a year with consistently high quality content is a significant milestone indeed. I can tell you are in this for the long haul.

    • Yaaqub Mohamed a.k.a Yamo says:

      Thanks a bunch, Laura. For now the plan is to be in for the long haul, unless there is a drastic change in plans from the sky. :)

      I really appreciate your contributions to the BA community as well and have always looked up at BTG with a lot of respect.

  2. Adrian Reed says:

    Yamo – congratulations on following your dream and creating a site which has been of benefit to a significant number of BAs. It’s been amazing to see your site grow and grow with more and more valuable content. It adds so much value to the community.

    Well done, thanks, and I look forward to seeing what the next year brings. Good luck :) Adrian.

    • Yaaqub Mohamed a.k.a Yamo says:

      Thanks a lot, Adrian. It was indeed a pleasure to have discovered you due to this podcast. You can always hold the bragging rights to being the first guest on the podcast. :)

      Thanks for your contributions, participation and encouragement all along and for being part of TheBACoach community.

  3. Katie Metcalfe says:

    Congratulations Yamo on your first year!! What an amazing contribution of achievement in only a year! Your dedication to the BA community is inspiring. I have truly enjoyed being a part of the first year and have learned so much from listening to the podcast interviews from BA’s around the world. You really have united us and helped us learn from each other.

    Looking forward to seeing what the next year will bring.

    All the best :)


    • Yaaqub Mohamed a.k.a Yamo says:

      Thank you so much, Katie. Bringing real world insights from BAs around the world was the core motive of the first series of the podcast. I feel ecstatic when someone says that they have learnt a lot from the podcasts. I must admit that creating these podcasts has been a great learning journey for me too.

      I want to thank you for running the book review corner too; your passion for bringing useful book reviews to the community is admirable and much appreciated.

      Thanks for your unrelenting support and encouragement! :)

  4. Doug Goldberg says:


    Congratulations on this great achievement! Your contributions to the community have been amazing and I look forward to see ing what comes next. This site and the content that you are providing is a top-tier offering. Thank you so much for allowing me to be part of what you are doing.

    • Yaaqub Mohamed a.k.a Yamo says:

      Thanks for the kind words, Doug. Your participation and encouragement all along is much appreciated!

      Btw, Happy Birthday! :) Have a great day today!

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