Using Thinking Styles for better collaboration

Discover your Thinking Style and how to use it for better collaboration with your stakeholders

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.

Should Business Analysts fear Artificial Intelligence?

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is a trendy subject these days. Major companies are setting up AI labs everywhere to accelerate research and identify new growth opportunities in their industries. New jobs are being created to support this growing field, and schools from around the world are launching new programs to train the next generation of workers.

While it all seems positive, artificial intelligence often means job automation. As a consequence, many active workers need to shift their career (if they’re lucky enough) or just lose their job. Moreover, many traditional (and non-traditional) professions are being challenged by the AI train.

But what about Business Analysis? Are BAs at risk of losing their job to Artificial Intelligence in a near future? What could we do to ensure our relevance going into the 21st century? Let the AI vs BA face-off begin!

How to give your project an insurance policy by taking Business Analysis deliverables to the next level

Business Analysis is mainly about communication, where your ultimate goal is to understand, summarize and communicate your stakeholders requirements. From business processes models to detailed solution requirements and UML diagrams, your deliverables and requirements packages will be at the center of your work as a Business Analyst. However, these deliverables should not be the end […]