The last few months I’ve been making a concentrated effort to put my career choice in perspective. I’ve attended events such as #WetWareWednesdays, PMI Luncheons, and finally the IIBA breakfast. Never had I thought I would find like minded individuals with similar paths. It really is validation for the work that I do and the efforts I’ve made to be honest & holding my integrity to provide blunt perspectives.
Some of the things that were confirmed by my peers are the following:
- It’s important not only to provide justification based on ROI, but also emotional justification. Meaning, you need to understand your customers
- Narratives help communicate what needs to be done
- Simplify what you’re doing. Take away a level of detail as the audience you cater to is higher on the totem pole. Add details when you’re working directly with the people, knee deep in the field.
- We have a duty to tell the truth but more importantly, to tell it in a language customers can understand
- Set stakeholder expectations
- Sometimes, a Business Analyst is just extra bandwidth for a company
When I started my journey as an independent consultant, I knew it would be something along the lines of evangelizing the thought process of a business analyst. I refined that message (thus the hamburger) and now I have complete confidence in my goals. It’s clear where I’m going and I hope y’all will join me and find value in this ride.
Questions? Suggestions? I’m all ears. Holler @ me.