2014 in review: most popular posts, and more!

Back in May 2014, I launched a new version of my blog, more or less five years after I closed my previous one (which strangely happened after we got our twins ๐Ÿ™‚ ). My first blog was a mix of too many things at the same time, and I decided that the new one would focus on one thing, ie my Business Analysis learnings.

I’m happy I was able to keep my publishing rhythm to about one post every 2 weeks, even if I’d like to write more (I probably have about 50 post ideas in my waiting list). From the 22 posts published this year, here are the most popular one among our readers.

Most popular posts in 2014

  1. You are not the user: 4 tips to elicit better requirementsBy far, this is the most popular post of 2014, with more than 20% of the page viewed on this blog this year.  Eliciting requirements is not an easy task. Most BAs are even making it worse by staying away from the users, or by acting like if they were the users. By doing so, they might skip some important requirements. This post explains why it’s a bad idea, and how you can involve your users in order to elicit better requirements.
  2. Quiz: Which of these 4 types of Business Analyst are you? | Figuring out if you are a Business Analyst or not can be tricky, especially since most people in organizations have no idea about what a BA should do. However, from my experience, many people are actually Business Analysts even without the title. This post tries to draw some lines around the BA concept, and proposes 4 different types of BA.
  3. Donโ€™t blame the spreadsheets: 3 tips to avoid losing control of your data | Spreadsheets are not inherently bad; it all depends on how you use them. In this post, I explain why spreadsheets can be a source of problems, and how you can prevent those from happening. Since data analysis (usually made through spreadsheets) is a very important skill for a BA, you might want to read the post to start 2015 on the right foot!
  4. The Busy BA Reading List series |ย My answer to Twitter weaknesses (really ๐Ÿ™‚ ). I like Twitter, but there is too much noise to easily find interesting content and share some thoughts about it. In The Busy BA Reading List posts, you will find interesting links about Business Analysis more easily than on Twitter, as well as some information on the links, which is hard to get in Twitter’s 140-characters posts.
  5. 10 checklists for the Business Analyst | Checklists are an awesome way to stay productive at work; even the post you’re currently reading is a list! Therefore, imagine how productive you will be after reading my list of checklists for the Business Analyst . Whether you’re a beginner or an expert BA, you will find something interesting. Take it as a Christmas gift from me ๐Ÿ™‚

Some information about you!

And now, some interesting data about you! Since May 2014, more than 1,000 visitors came on the blog, most of them coming from LinkedIn (more than 80% of the traffic coming from social websites). Visitors spent an average of 2:20 minutes on the blog, reading 1.76 pages every time they come.

And a quick win for your 2015 resolutions!

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