Friday, 23 December 2011


As this blog is really a repository of information for myself and other BAs, I MUST post a link to the Smart-BA website.
"This is a site for giving away as much free stuff as possible for business analysts - things like manuals for passing BA exams, training materials, articles, templates, tips for tuning up a BA's cv and anything else that could be useful for a business analyst in the real world doing real business analysis."
I can see me reviewing a lot of this site and the related Blog

Personal Development

I have now completed 9 modules on Business Analysis via the Skillsoft online learning system.


It has got me thinking about whether or not I should go for official accreditation.  Don't really need it in my current role, no REAL benefit in gaining the accreditation but still it would prove that I have learnt the tools of the trade.

Then there is the question of which one: ISEB, CCBA or CBAP?

Not sure if I have the hours under my belt for the CBAP.  CCBA is in its infancy.  So that leaves ISEB.

I think I will need to weigh up the cost verses the benefits.  Something to look at next year.

Not very good at maintaining this am I?

Been a while since I posted here... oops!

Maybe I just haven't had anything to say.
Maybe I have just been tooooooo busy.
Maybe I only have confidential information.

Either way, it's almost the end of the year so let's sum up:

Two Thousand and Eleven (2011) was the year I stepped out of my comforting IT Development environment and into the unknown.  Ok, so it wasn't so unknown it was the same company, BUT, it was in a different arena (International Payroll), I had a new boss, my new boss was located some 4,000miles away in the States along with the development team (original development team).

Even though I was a Business Analyst within the Development department previously, I seen this move as a chance to focus on being a Business Analyst and not be drawn back into development duties. 

Well that didn't work!

Changes in priorities meant the development was now going to be run out of the UK... by my old team!  So, I was drawn back into development somewhat, with the Proof of Concept work.

Then came changes to the structure, resulting in my reporting line changing and priorities changing.

In all of that I have had a productive year, but I look forward to a more focussed year ahead, in terms of the project, my personal development and learning.

All in a days (well years) work for a Business Analyst.

Roll on 2012.