About

Alex Papworth

My name’s Alex Papworth and I’m a business analyst who has been working in IT for twenty years.

I’m also the President of the UK Chapter of the IIBA with an ambition to accelerate the growth of the membership in the UK by continuing to support the UK BA community.

I decided to set up this blog for a few reasons:

– I’ve been freelance for the last ten years and always wanted a mentor who was an expert in this field

– the value of the business analysis professional is being recognized and I want to help develop the community’s skills

– blogging is an effective way of connecting with a global BA community

I would like this site to become a destination site for business analysts (or those who are interested in the subjects discussed here) that they trust to give them answers to their questions whether it’s an introduction to use cases, online training courses or a place to pose questions to your peers.

If you want to get the big picture view of what business analysis involves you should read The big picture. If you want to have a simple definition of business analysis, you should read What is business analysis?

If you like what you see, subscribe to a feed or subscribe by email to hear the latest articles and additions to the site.

If you don’t like what you see, please make suggestions by adding a comment below.

Please take the time to give me feedback or I don’t know what you want!!

Alternatively, just drop me a line at alex@bamentor.com with the content you were looking for and I’ll see what I can do.

 

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  1. Danish says:

    I am looking to work as Business Analyst and want some assistance. let me know

  2. naturally like your website however you have to test the spelling
    on quite a few of your posts. A number of them are rife with spelling problems and I find it very bothersome to inform the
    truth however I will definitely come again again.

  3. @nickyconti says:

    Hi,
    i've attended the IIBA event last night. Thanks for the interesting presentation about use case models. I'm not a BA myself, I'm a UX consultant. Most of the things you said particularly about actors and the use cases themselves is what we essentially do. We understand who the user of the technology is or would be, work out what their needs are and trace the journey users (actors) take to achieve the goal. We might not necessarily write use cases or do that in the same way BAs do however, we create mock-ups/prototypes (and yes, we do use Balsamiq and other tools like Axure) as well as task analysis or user flow diagrams. Finally, produce details which include user and functional requirements with which we generally brief developers. I find our work converges to a degree or in some way/parts we do similar jobs depending who of us is on board a client project. Appreciate your views about this. I've worked with quite a few BAs in the past having been a Product Manager and I admire the work people like you do. I wonder whether and how the two professions could work more closely together to provide a better service to the client and the end user.

    • Hi Nicky

      Thanks for your comments. It's always interesting to hear what people who are working almost in parallel roles are doing. From what you've said, I guess you didn't hear about Nick Dunlavey's IIBA event earlier this year when he arranged for the two communities to come together and 'compare notes'.
      I'm still hoping he's got the energy to do a second one (or encourage somebody else!) as it seems there's much more to discuss.
      I suggest you get in contact through twitter – @ndunlavey

      Thanks again for the contact and feedback

      Alex

  4. JOY says:

    Hi Alex,
    Just can't express the help these articles have been to me.I worked initially in a small company where the I used to do the BA as well as a large part of the development.Now I moved to a new big IT companies 8th months back.Coding over here I found my passion is more in BA part because of my peculiar "why this attitude" which in most of the cases due to abstraction I don't find answers in developer portfolio.So I have a chat with my manager and told him that I wanted to move to BA portfolio.He said that will take some time.But as I have no mentors to help me I need you to please answer few of my questions :

    1.With just over 3 yr of work experience should I push my manager more to start as BA role early or is it too early to get a BA role.
    2.During the period I am not given a portfolio which areas of the project/technology should I focus more which can of great help in future for eg UML,domain knowledge,Use cases etc .FYI I am Java developer.
    3.Should an executive MBA help me get this role provided my manager does not help me .

    I am trying hard to get into BA role as I learn t from the articles in your site that it is always easy to get the same in the current organization .

    Really looking forward for your reply.

    • alexpapworth says:

      Hi Joy
      Thanks for your comment. Answers to your questions below:

      1. It's difficult to answer for your particular situation without more knowledge.
      I would simply ask your boss the question 'what do you need for me to prove I am ready to take the BA role?'
      (but also explain what you are doing yourself – see following)

      2. You need to start thinking like a BA. Join your local IIBA group and attend events/mix with the members. Expose yourself to learning opportunities by finding other resources, joining free communities (e.g. Modern Analyst). Offer to help and give something back before you start asking for too much of others.

      3. I don't believe an MBA would help (especially for the expense).

      Download and read my free ebook – http://businessanalystmentor.com/free-blueprint-f

      Good luck!

  5. Anil Purushothaman says:

    Hi Alex,
    I noticed your website from google search engine while searching about IIBA certifications and business analysis jobs. I am working as a Business Analyst in India since past 4 years and seeking to enchance my understanding of this field.
    Your website is well designed and written, however, i found that the tag "You are here – section name" on each page is not working correctly. It doesnt show the section I am on, it rather shows another section name, for instance, it shows "You are here – home>tools & techniques" when i am actually on
    what is business analysis". Hope i contribute a bit by mentioning this.

    regards,
    Anil

  6. alexpapworth says:

    Hi Nigel – it's a pleasure to meet you!

    Thanks for your compliments and I hope you get more value from the site.
    It's interesting you should mention bringing in use cases to your organisation as my current client is doing the same thing (RBS).
    Number 3 sounds like it will be a challenge but you are clearly doing some progressive work (in the BA sphere) and you should congratulate yourself on successes in this area.

    I am on the board of the IIBA and have recently (Tuesday!) accepted the mantle of president.

    I'd be pleased to talk with you about some of your challenges. Many are striking a chord with other members I have spoken to and you would benefit from doing some networking to compare experiences.

    Next IIBA (UK) meetings are posted here –http://uk.theiiba.org/

    By the way, I hope you and your colleagues have registered for my FREE use case webinar – The six essential steps to delivering a use case model (4th May at 6pm EST (11pm UK time!)). Paste this link into your browser to register –http://forms.aweber.com/form/10/1519124210.htm.

    Regards

    Alex

  7. alexpapworth says:

    Hi Nigel – it's a pleasure to meet you!

    Thanks for your compliments and I hope you get more value from the site.
    It's interesting you should mention bringing in use cases to your organisation as my current client is doing the same thing (RBS).
    Number 3 sounds like it will be a challenge but you are clearly doing some progressive work (in the BA sphere) and you should congratulate yourself on successes in this area.

    I am on the board of the IIBA and have recently (Tuesday!) accepted the mantle of president.

    I'd be pleased to talk with you about some of your challenges. Many are striking a chord with other members I have spoken to and you would benefit from doing some networking to compare experiences.

    Next IIBA (UK) meetings are posted here –http://uk.theiiba.org/

    By the way, I hope you and your colleagues have registered for my FREE use case webinar – The six essential steps to delivering a use case model (4th May at 6pm EST (11pm UK time!)). Paste this link into your browser to register –http://forms.aweber.com/form/10/1519124210.htm.

    Regards

    Alex

  8. Nigel Clarke says:

    Hi Alex. New visitor Nigel here – BA in the UK working for a large american credit card/financial services company. You have some interesting content here so I'll keep browsing around and get your email notifications. I run a community of the BAs in the UK offices and we are 1) beginning to try to bring in Use Case techniques to our SDLC 2) looking at requirements tooling (definition and management) 3) developing the segment of our BAs who have a strategic/business architecture angle [such as myself] and trying to understand how to tie together project requirements focus with higher level strategic views and modelling.

    We have also had a background with ISEB diplomas working with AssistKD although this has been UK BAs only – and the company is considering IIBA.

    Look forward to seeing your material and having some debates soon.
    Cheers
    Nigel Clarke

  9. alexpapworth says:

    Thanks Ragav

    Feel free to add comments and start discussions on whatever article you find interesting/would like to know more about

    I would love to have more debate

    Alex

  10. Ragav says:

    Hi Alex,i was looking for a useful website for Business analysis and Info and i hit the Jackpot and found this website via Linked in.The Blue print that you have provided in this website is excellent.Also it would be helpful if we start a discussion thread on various topics in this website.

  11. Alex:

    I just discovered your site and I will be reading and following what you have to say or do …

    I have already found some great information within a few minutes of browsing …

  12. Hi Alex,

    Great website! I’ve created a Business Analyst Social Networking sites where Business Analyst, Mentors, Head Hunters meet and talk. Your website will be very helpful. The site is called BusinessAnalystHub.com and the site address is http://www.BusinessAnalystHub.com.

    See you there!
    Jess V.

    • Alex P says:

      HI Jess

      I had a look at your site – I wish you success. I’d be interested to know if you have any particular target (for example, new or experience BA’s), any unique features and why it is better than similar sites (e.g. modernanalyst).

      Thanks

      Alex

  13. marie says:

    Alex,
    I am so happy to have discovered your site. I’ve been a BA for a few years now, but am constantly amazed by how much there is to learn. I look forward to catching up with all of your past posts and to seeing your future posts. Thank you for your site.

    Regards

  14. Hey Alex,

    I would like to get your email. I have a question to ask you. Could you please email me back at linda.erzah@gmail.com?

    Thank you,

    Linda E, CBAP

  15. This is great web site with a lot of common sense information about Business Analysis.
    Alex, would it be possible to have a link to this page from our IIBA chapter web page?
    Please let me know. I think the information here is very relevant for the current practicioner as well as the professional that wants to get into Business Analysis.
    Thanks,

    Ed Semblantes

  16. Keith Pratt says:

    Alex,

    VERY nice website and very helpful. I have worked for many years in the Property Casualty Insurance industry and the last 9 have been in business analysis. I love doing the work (FINALLY figured out what I want to do when I grow up!) but also need to expand my horizons to fields other than insurance so to better adapt to changing market needs.

    Your website gives me that additional information needed to understand tools which can be useful in fields outside my comfort level. My goal is to have the CBAP designation by the end of 2009. I have studied the BOK and taken classes through the Dallas Chapter of the IIBA as well as taken the mandatory review. All that is left is to submit the application then take the exam.

    How may I subscribe to this and so be made aware of updates to the site?

    Sincerely,

    Keith Pratt CPCU, APA, ASF, ARC

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