7 Habits of Highly Effective Business Analysts

Presented by Heather Mylan-Mains and Jared Gorai

As business analysts there are habits we can adopt for success. This presentation will focus on how habits such as planning, stakeholder analysis, understanding the real problem, communication and others will transform a business analyst to a highly effective problem solving machine!
Learning Objectives:
  • Plan for success
  • Understand the problem
  • The right communication
About the Presenters:

Heather Mylan-Mains
Heather is from Des Moines, Iowa. She grew up there, pursued her bachelors and graduate degrees there and stayed to raise her family. She is a stimulus for change as a mom, a business analyst consultant, a longtime volunteer for IIBA® including Past President of Central Iowa Chapter, Deputy and VP Chapters, and currently on the Board of Directors as Director.  Heather has worked as a Business Analyst long before there was a formal title. For the past 17 + years, she has worked with a variety of project teams to identify and solve problems and challenges in the financial services, insurance and higher education industries. She has a passion for sharing the power of the Business Analyst role and promoting the importance of that role in every business. Currently she is a business analyst consultant and trainer for B2T Training. Heather is a natural collaborator in her BA role and engages people at all levels in organizations. She has been fortunate to work through all the processes of business analysis in the SDLC and be able to participate in many roles in projects. There is no part of the RACI matrix she has not been responsible for! Heather has a BA in Accounting from Grand View College and an MBA from Drake University and is a CBAP®. Heather consults through her company, BAs Without Borders and blogs at www.BAsWithoutBorders.com. Follow her on Twitter at HeatherM_M for BA musings, advice and motivation!
Jared Gorai
Jared loves being a Business Analyst and has done so for almost 15 years. He’s passionately employed for a Canadian Oil & Gas company headquartered in Calgary Alberta. He holds his Bachelor of Arts degree in French from the University of Calgary and the Certified Business Analysis Professional (CBAP®) designation. He is a Past President of the Calgary IIBA Chapter and is currently the Chair of the Volunteer Chapter Network for International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA®). He will take any chance possible to evangelize the role of the Business Analyst.