My life as a Business analyst revealed!

I was recently interviewed by Michiel Erasmus who has a regular podcast on subjects related to business analysis. He is fairly new to the field and passionate about developing his knowledge and shares it with the rest of us with his podcast. The interview was wide ranging from my experience as a business analyst, mentoring […] Read more »

Becoming a Business Analyst Tales – Moving to the dark side!

I met Pinal Patel last year when we worked together in a startup. For three months or so we had some fun with our first experience of Agile methods and a wide variety of working hours. Since then, we have gone our separate ways but have kept in touch. Pinal was originally a developer but […] Read more »

Becoming a business analyst – assessing your competence gap

I have recently been in discussion with Adriana Beal, an experienced business analyst, based in New York. She has contributed a stimulating and important article to the IIBA blog on ComputerWorldUK hosted by yours truly. I asked Adriana if she would be able to provide a similar article to help BA’s (or wannabe BA’s) to […] Read more »

Can you offshore business analysis (part 1)?

This article starts with a definition of what offshoring means. It continues with an exploration of the arguments for and against. The second part of this article will define the circumstances when offshoring is a good idea and when it is a bad idea. This article was conceived as a result of a fascinating and […] Read more »

Can you offshore business analysis?

I’ve recently been involved in a debate on LinkedIn on offshoring business analysis (under the ModernAnalyst group Discussions). Someone asked what seemed an innocent question but it raised a storm of responses – LinkedIn members only It seemed to encourage a lot of interesting debate which boiled down to the fact that the best quality […] Read more »

The customer or subject matter expert (SME) is always right

  The SME can either be the cause of success or failure for a business analyst so they must be handled very carefully. In this article, I’ll introduce a certain type of SME who is passionate and loves to dive into the detail. I’ll also explain how this was beneficial but needed to be managed on a recent project […] Read more »