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I’m Not Working, I’m Learning.

While talking with my roommates the other night, the topic of career paths came up. My roommates are all engineers in some regard, and as a result, they each have a decently defined career path. I, on the other hand, continue to think about what my career path as a …

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Foundational Business Analysis Training

“There are no shortcuts to any place worth going.” – Beverly Sills It should come as no surprise that if you change your requirements after you deploy, it costs A LOT more. Here’s a fun (read scary) fact: 65% of features stakeholders define for a product are rarely, if ever, …

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Boosting Team Confidence and Morale

Building a great product is not just about having complete requirements or talented resources. Sometimes you can have both of these things, but the team still fails due to low confidence and morale. Boosting confidence can be challenging for teams. Especially teams that are going through transitions. Here are three …

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Tools for Understanding Stakeholders: A Case Study

I recently wrote about a critical, yet often overlooked, step in improving products: developing a true understanding of stakeholders. This week, I want to delve into a case study to demonstrate why this phase of development is so essential. Let’s say I am working with a hypothetical national non-profit with …

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Business Analyst Guide to Understanding Stakeholders

Recently, I had the honor of speaking at Product Camp Austin. I highlighted a crucial step that I think is often glossed over when setting out to improve products: truly understanding the stakeholders. Even amazing projects can fall flat when they reach users. Identifying our stakeholders and understanding what elicitation …

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The Leadership Gap

I have a story to tell about leadership. Actually, it’s about the lack of leadership, and how that percolates through an entire organization. It was my first official project management gig. I worked within the IT organization of a large company. First by chance and then by preference, I became …

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How To Redesign an Organization Without Freaking People Out

Last month I was honored to speak at BBC in San Antonio. My talk was entitled “How to Redesign an Organization, Processes, and Technology all at Once Without Freaking People Out!” The biggest challenges in these major changes are the people and dependencies between the people, their processes, and the technology …

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