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The Promotable BA. Tips and Tricks for growing your career. Overview. Values / Beliefs Inventory Employee Marketability Mix Matrix BA Career Growth Plan. Values and Beliefs Inventory. Do you know who you are? How does this pertain to getting that next BA Job? My Values and Beliefs

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the promotable ba

The Promotable BA

Tips and Tricks for growing your career

  • Values / Beliefs Inventory
  • Employee Marketability Mix Matrix
  • BA Career Growth Plan
values and beliefs inventory
Values and Beliefs Inventory
  • Do you know who you are?
  • How does this pertain to getting that next BA Job?
  • My Values and Beliefs
    • You get what you focus on (positive or negative, financial or non-financial, long term or short term…)
    • Think Big; Start Small
    • Give more than you take (within reason)
    • The solution is already there. You just have to find it.
    • The first step in solving a problem is deciding that you can.
    • Live each moment like you chose it. Because you did.
    • The best is yet to come!
    • No matter where you work, there will be “those days” and “those people”, so just roll with it.
ba career growth plan
BA Career Growth Plan
  • Motivations
  • Personality Traits
  • Career Strategy
  • Recruiters
  • Mentorship
  • Salary Surveys
  • BA Resources
  • Your Personalized Plan
  • Why do you want to be promoted?
    • Money should NOT be the number one reason. (In the top-5 is OK)
ants in your pants
Ants in your pants
  • Be patient. The work you do today to make yourself more marketable will not pay off instantly.
  • Use your “down time” to keep your skills sharp and develop new ones.
    • Down Time: A period where your work load is not at 100%
    • Down Time: A period where your motivation and efficiency is not at 100%
personality traits
Personality Traits
  • Developing Talents vs. Existing Talents
    • Find where you are uncomfortable, and then go there.
    • Figure out what you are good at, then decide how hard you want to work.
get skills
Get Skills!
  • Context Diagram
  • ERD
  • Swimlane
  • Flow Chart
  • User Story
self evaluation
Self Evaluation
  • The next few slides will describe the changing face of the BA role as it pertains to getting a job.
  • You must get crystal clear on who you are and what your skills are. If you can’t sum up your skills quickly and succinctly, then how will you do so for a potential employer?
  • If you do what you have always done, then you will get what you have always gotten.
the two hat ba which of these combinations resonate with you
The two-hat BA: Which of these combinations resonate with you?
  • Project Manager with Requirements Skills
  • Business Analyst with PM skills
  • Business Analyst with Agile skills
  • Systems Analyst with Requirements Skills
  • System Administrator with Agile skills
introducing the three hat ba don t worry you re already doing it
Introducing the three-hat BA (don’t worry, you’re already doing it)

Do any of these combinations speak to you?

evaluate your unique combination for marketability
Evaluate your unique combination for MARKETABILITY.
  • My Old Combination (Adequate, but decreasing value)
  • My New Combination (Increasing value)
skills gap analysis tech
Skills Gap Analysis - Tech
  • The technology test:
    • Design, Build, Use a simple system that allows you to:
      • Design Ideas
        • Organize your recipes
        • Organize your media collection
        • Solve a simple real-world problem
      • Build Ideas
        • Access
        • Excel with macros / VB
        • Website builder like google sites
skills gap analysis requirements
Skills Gap Analysis - Requirements
  • The Requirements Test: For Discussion
    • Name 3-5 Requirements Elicitation Techniques that you consider to be “good practices”.
    • Describe the general purpose and nature of the BABOK.
    • Name 3 Industry Leaders.
    • What is the difference between a Use Case Scenario and a User Story?
    • What is the difference between a Functional Requirement and a non-Functional Requirement?
    • Why do some people say “Requirements Gathering” and other people say “Requirements Elicitation”?
industry evaluation
Industry Evaluation
  • What industry do you work in today?
  • What industry do you have the most experience or education?
  • Is your industry currently experiencing growth?