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Tales of a BA: bringing Business Analysis templates to life!

Tales of a BA: bringing Business Analysis templates to life!

One of the main problem about learning Business Analysis (which is also one of its most beautiful characteristic) is that you have to actively perform it to become good at it. No matter how much time you take to read books, review Business Analysis templates or discuss about the subject, you won’t get a real grip on Business Analysis until you apply it in a given context. Back in the days...

Eric’s Business Analysis Reading List #15

Eric the BA Business Analysis Reading List

It’s already the end of the year, and many of my amazing projects for the blog are stuck in a parallel dimension, waiting for some free time opportunities in my schedule (which are desperately missing).  My motivation level is still high, new ideas are still piling up, and new opportunities are still available to improve our community of Business Analysts… which I guess is a good...

Bringing Agile to Business Analysis: takeaways from the Montreal Agile Tour 2016

Earlier this month, I had the chance to assist to the Montreal Agile Tour conference along with over a thousand participants.  This was my first participation to the event, and hopefully not the last! There was too many interesting keynote sessions, workshops, and conferences to see them all but it was a perfect occasion to benchmark myself against the industry best practices. It was...

4 ways Business Analysts can save big corporations

BAs can save big corporations!

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 them because best practices dictate to...

Eric’s Business Analysis Reading List #14

Eric the BA Business Analysis Reading List

Summer is always a good time of the year for my blog. Since I have more free time (thanks to kids homeworks-free evenings and weekends, plus vacations), I like to spend some time writing interesting content just for you, as well as spend some time improving Eric the BA publishing platform. This led me to implement a new newsletter management system to improve communications with my readers...

Starting a Business Analysis Community of Practice : tips from the community

Starting a Business Analysis Community of Practice : tips from the community

Since I took a break from teaching last year, I try to fulfill my urge of sharing my knowledge about Business Analysis through this blog and I hope you enjoy it! However, I’m missing face to face interaction with real people (or really, just interactions… because you guys are not very prone to commenting my posts 🙂 ). A few months ago, I figured out I could fix this by trying to...

Get a free assessment of your Business Analysis practices!

Comparing your Business Analysis practices is easier than you think.

Business Analysts are often lonely in their organizations, which is especially true in smaller ones. In this context, assessing your Business Analysis practices is not an easy task, and it is hard to convince yourself that you’re a good Business Analyst and that you follow the best practices in the industry (which can be completely different from being a good employee). Not to help...

Eric’s Business Analysis Reading List #13

Eric the BA Business Analysis Reading List

It’s been a long time since the last Reading List, but hey! life happens 🙂  I’ve been busy at a lot of different things (among them, some of the articles highlighted below), as well as on various secret projects for Eric the BA, but I finally got some time to prepare a nice reading list for my readers, just in time for the real beginning of the summer. I also started to be more active...

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 of your work;...

An easy way to measure Business Analysis Performance

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Starting a new year often means annual performance reviews in organizations, as well as setting objectives for the upcoming year. Being a BA, I prefer when my business analysis performance objectives are SMART, making it easier to work towards their achievement through the year. However, I have always find it hard to define measurable objectives for what I do as a BA. The nature of our job, where...

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