For a long time, I had difficulties using my lists effectively. I had a lot of lists to manage various aspects of my work, but it was hard for me to extract useful data from those lists. Moreover, I had so many lists that even though I had created those lists to help me, I was spending too much time trying to find the right list to get the information I needed. In the end, many of those lists ended up in my trash can because they were not useful at all.
Then, I came across a small book by David Allen, Getting Things Done (GTD). In his book, David suggests a simple 5-step process to deal with the information we constantly receive (i.e. the stuff) and how to handle this stuff with simple lists. There is no magic behind GTD, but by following his tips, I’ve been able to dramatically improve the way I use my own lists, and improve the quality of my work as a BA.
Find out which 7 lists are helping me on a daily basis.
Most of Business Analysis is about communication & collaboration . I even used to tell my students that our job was 80% communication / 20% analysis! This involves a lot of soft skills in order to be able to identify the best ways to interact with our business & IT stakeholders. This knowledge of your stakeholders is critical if you want to tailor your BA approach and optimize your work.
One of the easiest ways to improve your knowledge about your stakeholders is to use the formal organizational chart and the informal one. In some organizations, managers are also performing personality/behavior/influence tests to help their employees to better know each other and improve the performance of their team. However, there’s no easy way to assess how others think and what part of their work motivates them.
A new model attempts to solve this problem. Let’s learn more about the Workplace Thinking Styles, and what they mean for Business Analysts.
Many of the Business Analysts I had the chance to work with in my short career were excellent BAs. They were dedicated team players and were appreciated by their stakeholders. They were knowledgeable and recognized as experts in their organization. They had everything to succeed as Business Analysts!
However, they had one big shortcoming: they were performing Business Analysis as a one-man show. While working like that poor, lonesome Lucky Luke has some advantages, it also has major drawbacks when it comes to performing Business Analysis tasks.
A while ago, I wrote a post about the importance of Business Analysts for startups and smaller businesses. It was necessary, since BAs are underrepresented in this type of organization although they can bring them many benefits. To the opposite, larger corporations usually hire dozens of Business Analysts. Their problem is often that they simply hired […]
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My name is Eric Provost and I’m glad to be with you on your Business Analysis learning journey!