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New Post 1/20/2013 2:38 AM
User is offline Eric Butoroc
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What is the best peice of advice you have had?  

As a new BA, I am keen to hear about others learning experiences. So what is the best peice of "learning" you have had as a BA? Maybe it was an experience? A mistake you made and learnt from? A course? Or even just a word of advice?

 
New Post 1/20/2013 7:47 PM
User is offline Kimbo
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Re: What is the best peice of advice you have had?  

You mean apart from 'Don't eat yellow snow?' :)

Back in 1990 an old contractor said to me "Try to learn something new every day". Never forgotten it and have always tried to.

Kimbo

 
New Post 1/21/2013 4:56 AM
User is offline Tony Markos
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Re: What is the best peice of advice you have had?  

Eric:

Best piece of advice I ever got:  It is only by following the flow of data can one obtain an understanding of the underlying logic of a system.

Tony

 

 

 

 
New Post 1/23/2013 10:37 AM
User is offline slowcooker
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Re: What is the best peice of advice you have had?  

Hi. I'm Myles, new to the forums. Been a BSA for 12+ years.

Best advice I was given:

1) Lay your ideas out like a buffet, and make sure your customers understand the advantages/disadvantages of each of their options.

2) Don't expect your customers to accurately state their problem. It's much easier for them to talk about their solution - things they wish a system can do, but their "solution" may not be the right one for their problem and there may be an even better solution out there. You have to help them understand their problem, by listening/observing the problem in action.  On a related note, when I worked at Toyota, they used a Japanese phrase to describe a best practice that literally translated means, "Look. Go. See.", meaning it's not enough to let your customers describe the problem. You have to observe it yourself in order to fully understand what you're trying to solve. 

 
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