What’s your 5-year career plan?

It is a truth universally acknowledged that project requirements have a tendency to balloon-up and, if left unchecked, can cause downstream issues in cost, time or quality of…

What should a really, really good BA do?

Contrary to popular belief, the natural career path for a Business Analyst is not to become a Project Manager. This, and other well-articulated + myth-busting career advice for…

Mentor

A mentor is someone who has already been through the highs and lows of the path you plan to take and can expertly guide you around the worst…

Why salespeople make great business analysts

In the last few months, I’ve come across an overwhelming number of questions on LinkedIn and Quora from people in sales who are looking to transition into business…

Learn this one skill to leapfrog your career

Am I good enough to do this? What if I mess up? What will they think of me? Are they judging me? Can I really do this? Questions…

Your career, by design

The popularity of making new year resolutions ebbs and flows each year. Just a few years ago, it was cool to make new year resolutions. Then it wasn’t….

Communicating an imperfect solution

As a Business Analyst, coming up with a great solution idea is only half the battle. Persuading the people that matter is the other half (sometimes more so!)….

What do you want to be when you grow up?

Until a few years ago, this question used to give me an anxiety attack. The problem wasn’t that I didn’t have any interests. It was and is quite…

Learning 101

If only we could teach like this in school, we would all remember those lessons so much better as adults. Here’s how to unravel the mystery of history…

Good timing beats perfect execution

Think of yourself as an artist making a sketch to get the composition clear in his mind, the blocks of color, the balance, and the rest. With that…

The “average” user

In product design, we talk a lot about building digital interfaces or physical products for the “average” user. But who is this mythical creature? What does he/she want?…

3.5 x 2 inches: your secret career hack

“Can I have your business card?” “What? Sorry, I don’t have one. I’m a university student. I work here part-time.” “So?” “Well, as I said, I only work…

9 reasons why you should not become a Business Analyst

Via Building Better Software (http://www.stellman-greene.com/) Business Analysis is not the right profession for you if you: Like doing the same things day-in and day-out, rinse and repeat Never…

What does a business analyst do?

Of all the people in my life, my dad is probably the one most interested in my career. He never gets bored of hearing even the most mundane…

Usability vs UX

Usability is the path of least resistance from point A to B. Whether we’re talking about the usability of an app, a website or something in the physical…

The only way to use a pie chart

Via FLOWINGDATA A good part of my daily work as a business analyst / product designer is spent thinking about the best ways to visualize data. Bar vs…

Ask your boss

Ask your boss: what’s keeping them up at night? This is one of the best advices I’ve come across in my career. If your boss mentions that he…

On writing good acceptance criteria for your user stories

I am a Business Analyst on an agile team. User stories and acceptance criteria are my bread-and-butter. But when I first left the comfort of elaborate requirements to…

Tools for Mind Mapping

As a Business Analyst, you must gather, organize and communicate a large amount of information. Honestly, the speed at which project information (in the form of requirements, requests,…

Tools for Data Visualization

A good part of my daily work as a business analyst/product designer is spent thinking about the best ways to visualize data. Bar vs line vs pie: I…