Podcasts

BA Academy’s Voice of the Community podcast series was created to bring project teams closer together through facilitated discussions with practitioners who are passionate about sharing their project experiences, lessons learned, and insights and observations about future trends in our professions. Focused on topics pertaining to project management and business analysis – we bring valuable content to the community one practitioner at a time.

Hosted by business analysis thought leader Laura Paton – podcast guests join in from across the globe to discuss topics of relevance and interest to product/project teams.

  • Join a professional community by which we help each other professionally grow and develop from each other’s experiences
  • Earn Professional Development Units (PDUs) just for listening and learning!

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Episode 13 (Laura Brandenburg) – The Business Analyst Success Path

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Do you ever wonder why some people absolutely love their work, get all the interesting projects, and are consistently being rewarded for their efforts, while others seem stuck and never get a break? Which side of the pendulum would you like to be on? There is a success path for business analysts. And getting on …
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Episode 12 (Sohail Chatha) – The Critical Role of the Business Analyst on a Digital Transformation Initiative

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In this podcast, I sit down with Business Analyst Specialist Sohail Chatha to talk about the very timely topic of digital transformations. Often these transformations have meager success rates, but Sohail explains how to achieve success and explains why the business analyst role is significant on these journeys. Sohail shares how the rapid transformation of …
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Episode 11 (Susan Moore) – The Business Analyst’s Role on COTS Projects

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In this episode – we speak with Product Management professional Susan Moore to explore how to address the business analysis activities on a Commercial Off-The-Shelf (COTS) project. Many business analysts make the BIG mistake of applying the same approach, practices and analysis techniques from custom built solutions to COTS solutions – but there are many …
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Episode 10 (Tiauna Ross) – Business Analysis by any Other Name

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In this episode – Tianua Ross discusses the power of business analysis – regardless of job title or discipline.  We explore why it’s a hidden gem of competencies – yet so many still fail to recognize its value. Tiauna Ross is a Michigan-based project leader, career and empowerment coach, author, speaker and trainer who actively works …
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Episode 9 (Kevin Brennan) – From Business Analysis to Product Management— A Look at the Skills That Matter Most

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Product focused roles are in high-demand – but can a traditional business analyst successfully transition into one of these sought after positions? What skills are needed to make this transition? Should a business analyst target a position as a product owner or a product manager and what is the difference between these two roles any …
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Episode 8 (John Zachman) – Enterprise Architecture, the Critical Path to a Sustainable Future

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John A. Zachman is the originator of the “Framework for Enterprise Architecture” (The Zachman Framework™) which has received broad acceptance around the world as an integrative framework, an ontology for descriptive representations of Enterprises. Mr. Zachman is not only known for his work on Enterprise Architecture, but is also known for his early contributions to …
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Episode 7 (Gladys Lam) – 10 Things About Business Rules You want to Know but were Afraid to Ask

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Gladys S.W. Lam is a world-renowned authority on business design. She is Principal and Co-Founder of Business Rule Solutions, LLC (www.BRSolutions.com), the most recognized company world-wide in developing business capabilities based on business architecture and business rules. Based upon her experiences consulting to over two hundred organizations, Ms. Lam developed the landmark BRS methodology with …
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Episode 6 (Dave Mantica) – Likenomics and Influence: Survival Skills for the 21st Century Knowledge Worker

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Relationship building is critical for all members of a product development team – but it’s especially important for project managers and business analysts because their work requires the ability to lead resources without necessarily having the positional authority over those they lead. In this podcast, I sit down with Dave Mantica VP and General Manager …
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Episode 5 (Camille Spruill) – Business Agility – the Need for Business Analysts to Step Up Their Game!

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Listen in on my conversation with Camille Spruill as she educates us about the business analysis skills Agile teams desperately need. Camille helps us understand how the role of the traditional waterfall analyst is changing. She highlights how traditional analysts need to ‘step up their game’ in order to compete in this more-fast paced evolving …
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Episode 4 (Greta Blash) – Creating Group Memory with Models

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Modeling is a very important activity for any product development team – yet this important work is often overlooked. Even the teams who embrace modeling don’t always understand how best to leverage its value, choose which models are appropriate, or pair models for obtaining the greatest impacts. Join me as I have the opportunity to …
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Episode 3 (Jay Hicks) – Transitioning Military Veterans

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Many service members have challenges associated with transitioning from the service for a variety of reasons.  Finding good jobs after the service continues to be a challenge.  Post 911 service members continue to have a higher unemployment rate than the rest of the country. Gr8Transitions4U has developed the “Transitioning Military Book Series” that enables military …
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Episode 2 (Steve Blais) – The Future of Business Analysis

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Join us for an in-depth discussion with technologist and industry thought leader Steve Blais PMP, PMI-PBA. Steve takes us on a very insightful journey of the business analysis profession – discussing where it all started, how the profession has evolved, what is happening today and what we can expect for our future. If you are a current business analyst – concerned about the changes occurring with agile, digital, and analytics, you’ll want to tune in! Your future is bright and Steve shares his optimism and predictions for the future of business analysis.

Episode 1 (Yulia Kosarenko) – The Business Analyst Mindset

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In this episode Yulia Kosarenko shares with us the importance of possessing a business analyst ‘mindset’. This mindset is critical to move a business analyst from the position of scribe to operating as a valued member of a product team. Join us to learn about the key characteristics that define this mindset.

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