I started my career in business analysis straight from university. While job hunting in the UK during the recession I branched out into more technical systems analysis and configuration roles, as well as flourishing in a blended BA and project management role.
You could say I was playing the field. 😉
When I returned to NZ late last year I threw myself into a job search that more closely resembled a little online dating followed by speed dating. I spoke to a dozen or more recruitment agents and businesses who all liked my business analysis experience and would put all sorts of opportunities in front of me.
Was I ready to commit to being a BA and close the door on project management?
As with committing to any relationship, there was a lot of soul searching but ultimately the answer was an easy one when I found the right match in Redvespa.
In the spirit of Valentine’s Day and new relationships, I’m declaring my love for business analysis!
Indulge my curiosity. I love learning new things and this extends to a general curiosity about how things work. Learning about new industries, businesses and processes fascinates me.
Draw pictures! I always have fun turning process and requirements into pictures whether it’s the classic swimlane or mocking up some website designs. There are of course many pretty pictures to try out yourself in Redvespa’s Picture this! tool which can be found on the website.
Make order out of chaos. There’s nothing quite like wrangling a mess of seemingly disjointed information into a cohesive story that might even show a benefit light at the end of the project tunnel.
Communicate with the written word. It’s a real talent to be able to document a requirement and have it understood in the same way by a variety of stakeholders. There are many different ways a seemingly simple sentence can be interpreted!
Give a fresh perspective. When things become familiar and we get busy we stop asking questions, we accept the known way as the quickest way and get on with it. A second pair of eyes or simply explaining what you’re doing to someone new can spark innovation.
Help people do their job better. Ultimately business analysis leads to implementing solutions and it’s those solutions that help people do their jobs better for businesses, for themselves and maybe makes their every day a little easier.
Dive into detail. The devil might be in the detail but so are answers, opportunities, solutions and magical connections that lead to light bulb moments.
Spot the things that are not like the other. Scope creep is a master of disguises and it takes a keen eye and tight handle on goals, vision and benefits to spot when it’s getting sneaky.
Show people how software is made. There is so much that goes into the software development lifecycle and for many business stakeholders they only see the tip of the iceberg. Everyone has a contribution to make and the first step is understanding the process.
Indulge my inner 2-year-old and ask lots of questions!
Get techie. With an IT security expert husband, games developer brother and an enterprise architect dad I really had no hope. There was even a touch of assembly language during my bachelor’s degree in IT but I’m clinging to geek denial!
Get people excited. Most people spend too much time bemoaning the limitations of their day so when the possibility for change comes along I love to paint people a picture of how exciting the future can be.
Wield a red pen. Or sometimes a purple or green pen. I love reviewing documents and not just for the common misused words or spelling mistakes.
Change the world. Business analysis is all about finding opportunities for improvement and the actions of many should never be underestimated.
What do you love about business analysis?