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New Post 8/20/2012 10:50 AM
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Ideas to Adding Value to your BA team 

Fellow Business Analysts,

For our team of BA's to grow, what are some initiatives/groups/activities that can be implemented to add value to the group and organization? Every member of our team has been asked to propose an idea and I'd like your suggestions.

 

Current Proposals:

1. Requirements review sessions. Once a month a meeting is held to exchange our docs for critique, review and feedback to increase quality of deliverable.

2. Internal Doc Sharing. A repository to share all BA related templates and process flows.

3. CBAP discussion sessions. For members taking the certification, a offline after hours meeting where everyone reviews their study progress and shares tips, tricks and suggestions on how to execute the exam.

 

Any further suggestions I can from everyone?

 

THANK YOU VERY MUCH IN ADVANCE!


See It, Own It, Solve It, Do It and then make some noise !
 
New Post 8/20/2012 11:46 AM
User is offline Anthony Chen
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Re: Ideas to Adding Value to your BA team 

 It is hard to know what to suggest since we dont know what your organization already does, but here are some things we do

 

1) best practices sharepoint site- we use this heavily and require contributions from all members on the BA team. The site is organized by requirements process steps and includes templates, many examples and updates from team members

2) twice monthly "requirements forums" where we discuss best practice areas

3) mentoring - monthly mentoring against a skills matrix to ensure people are improving their skills

4) skills matrix and defined growth path- used to determine what level people are at and to drive discussions with mentors

 

we also do requirements reviews, employee sat surveys and a bunch of other stuff.

 
New Post 8/20/2012 1:23 PM
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Re: Ideas to Adding Value to your BA team 

 Anthony Chen wrote
 

 It is hard to know what to suggest since we dont know what your organization already does, but here are some things we do

 1) best practices sharepoint site- we use this heavily and require contributions from all members on the BA team. The site is organized by requirements process steps and includes templates, many examples and updates from team members

2) twice monthly "requirements forums" where we discuss best practice areas

3) mentoring - monthly mentoring against a skills matrix to ensure people are improving their skills

4) skills matrix and defined growth path- used to determine what level people are at and to drive discussions with mentors

 

we also do requirements reviews, employee sat surveys and a bunch of other stuff.

 

Anthony, Thank you for your response.

I work for a Bank. On a high level we are doing compliance and integration projects with an upgrade to our IT Systems. With some Mobile platform projecs in the mix, the core of the organization is Bankiing and the BA projects are focused on Mobile banking, eCommerce development and Compliance/Regulatory engagements(DoddFrank).

That being said, could you kindly elaborate on your # 3 and #4. I'm very curious to know how the Skills Matrix works and would love to learn more If you can please share.

 

Thanks,

FMF


See It, Own It, Solve It, Do It and then make some noise !
 
New Post 8/21/2012 12:18 PM
User is offline Anthony Chen
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Re: Ideas to Adding Value to your BA team 

 fmf wrote

 Anthony Chen wrote
 

 

 It is hard to know what to suggest since we dont know what your organization already does, but here are some things we do

 1) best practices sharepoint site- we use this heavily and require contributions from all members on the BA team. The site is organized by requirements process steps and includes templates, many examples and updates from team members

2) twice monthly "requirements forums" where we discuss best practice areas

3) mentoring - monthly mentoring against a skills matrix to ensure people are improving their skills

4) skills matrix and defined growth path- used to determine what level people are at and to drive discussions with mentors

 

we also do requirements reviews, employee sat surveys and a bunch of other stuff.

 

 

Anthony, Thank you for your response.

I work for a Bank. On a high level we are doing compliance and integration projects with an upgrade to our IT Systems. With some Mobile platform projecs in the mix, the core of the organization is Bankiing and the BA projects are focused on Mobile banking, eCommerce development and Compliance/Regulatory engagements(DoddFrank).

That being said, could you kindly elaborate on your # 3 and #4. I'm very curious to know how the Skills Matrix works and would love to learn more If you can please share.

 

Thanks,

FMF

send me an email with your contact info and Ill send you the skills matrix. Here is a link to a high level summary of stages that a BA organization can go through. We focus primarily on how well aligned the business analyst function is with the objectives of the busines stakeholders.

my email is [email protected]

http://www.seilevel.com/wp-content/uploads/17x11_Seilevel_BA_COE_122011.pdf

 
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