Is A College Degree Required to Start a Business Analyst Career?
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by Laura Brandenburg
3w ago
If you are looking to start a business analyst career, you may be wondering if a college, undergraduate, or bachelor’s degree is required. While I believe the answer is no – you can always create opportunities for yourself. I do realize that having an undergrad degree is required by many organizations, and if you have the degree your job prospects may be improved. But let’s take a deeper look at this question and how to approach the options you have. How My Undergraduate Degree Helped Me In Business Analysis First, let me share a bit of personal background. I earned my bachelor’s degree from a ..read more
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Terry Mullins: Professional Growth Boost
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by Laura Brandenburg
1M ago
Today, we meet Terry Mullins, who is currently working as an IT business analyst in the engineering and construction industry. Terry shares his experience in The Business Analysis Blueprint®️ program and how it helped propel him forward in his 30+ year career in the same company. What we found insightful about Terry’s story is how he happened upon business analysis through a meaningful conversation with his manager and then subsequently how he found himself a part of Bridging the Gap. In this interview, you’ll discover: How Terry discovered Bridging the Gap and how he made the decision to joi ..read more
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Nathan Relevy: How The Blueprint Filled the Gaps in His 16-Year BA Career
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by Laura Brandenburg
2M ago
Today, we meet Nathan Relevy, an ACBA and entrepreneur providing bespoke software solutions to businesses from the United Kingdom. Nathan shares how he is using the tools he learned in The Business Analyst Blueprint® program to serve his clients across a diverse spectrum of industries. What we love about having Nathan as part of The Business Analyst Blueprint® community is the experience he shares as a business owner and seeing the application of the training through every angle. In this interview, you’ll discover: How, despite his wealth of experience, Nathan desired to strengthen his founda ..read more
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The Business Analyst Blueprint® Framework
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by Laura Brandenburg
3M ago
To be successful as a business analyst, you need a toolbox and a framework. A TOOLBOX of techniques that you can pick and choose from, based on the needs of your project and team. A FRAMEWORK that guides you step-by-step what to when. At Bridging the Gap, we provide an organized, streamlined, and practical toolbox and framework in the form of The Business Analyst Blueprint® – it’s both a framework for approaching business analysis skill development and the name of our flagship, online, practical training program. And it looks like this (and keep reading below for a break-down of what each pa ..read more
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A Business Analyst Who’s Thriving in the Energy Industry: James Dean
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by Lee Ann Armstrong
4M ago
Today we meet James Dean from Ireland, a recent participant in The Business Analyst Blueprint® who is thriving as a business analyst in the energy industry. James shares his journey into business analysis and moving between industries, but also his more recent expansion into leadership roles and training others throughout his company in the business analysis skill set. One thing I found incredibly inspiring was that James was working on 4 projects when he participated in the program, and he was able to apply what he was learning on-the-job across ALL of those projects straight away. In one exa ..read more
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What is Data Mapping?
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by Laura Brandenburg
4M ago
As a business analyst, you need to have the ability to showcase how data seamlessly flows between information systems, ensuring smooth operations, and avoiding the headaches of data inconsistencies and mapping issues. With data mapping, you can take control of your projects from the very beginning, setting the stage for successful implementation. In this video, Laura will guide you step-by-step through the process of creating a data map, without needing any type of coding language or SQL knowledge. Once you understand data mapping, you’ll be empowered to tackle data migration and system integr ..read more
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The Power of Wireframes
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by Laura Brandenburg
4M ago
Imagine using a simple wireframe to create a visual representation of a screen in just a matter of minutes. No, you don’t have to be a UX designer to even aspire to be one. In today’s fast-paced world, getting everyone on the same page about software functionality is crucial. That’s where wireframes come in! They are the secret weapon that saves time, improves collaboration, and ensures clarity in software requirements. Wireframing is a technique that any business analyst can master, and in this video, you’ll discover: What wireframes represent The different levels of wireframe fidelity How t ..read more
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How to Create a System Context Diagram
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by Laura Brandenburg
4M ago
Looking to master the art of clarifying project scope in a flash? Say hello to the System Context Diagram, your secret solution to project scope! In today’s world, projects are only becoming more and more complex, and even the tiniest tweak can send ripples through numerous systems. A System Context Diagram is an elegant solution and visual powerhouse that will have your business and technical stakeholders nodding in agreements as you confidently navigate the intricacies of scope. In our new video, Laura will guide you through the creation process and unveil the three primary parts of its synt ..read more
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The 7 Secrets of Good Business Analysts
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by Laura Brandenburg
5M ago
In my experience as a business analyst, manager of business analysts, and now trainer of business analysts, there are certain qualities that set high-performing business analysts apart. These qualities make them highly coveted by managers and pave the way to more career opportunities. Being a great business analyst goes beyond foundational skills. It’s about being resourceful, utilizing the right tools at the right time, and creating alignment and clarity through active stakeholder engagement. Watch our new video 7 Secrets of Good Business Analysts now: If you’re looking for more ways to grow ..read more
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How to Get Meaningful Sign-Off on Requirements
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by Laura Brandenburg
5M ago
One of the most frustrating challenges on a project is when the developers build a solution that everyone thought the business signed off on only to have significant changes surface during testing or even after deployment. As a business analyst, you can provide tremendous value by not only getting sign off on the requirements, but also getting buy in from stakeholders about what the solution needs to do and how it fits into their workflow before development even begins. So how do you get buy in and meaningful sign off on your requirements to avoid unnecessarily changes and costs? In this video ..read more
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