Oct 18, 2016 10:00:45 AM by John Weathington
As a business analyst, I'm sure you spend a lot of time in meetings, and I'm sure you take a lot of notes. But are you getting the most out of your notes? That depends on what you do with them after the meeting.
We all have our system of taking and processing notes, but it's especially important for a business analyst to be organized. Missing a key piece of information from an end user, or not following up on an important assumption, could mean the difference between success and the drawing board. It's important to reserve some time toward the end of the day to process your notes. When you do, here's what you're looking for.
In many cases, you only have one shot to capture information. Whether it's a casual encounter with one of your end users or a phase gate meeting with lots of stakeholders, it's important that you make good use of the information that's being shared. Take some time at the end of every day to process your notes. There will invariably be hidden gems there like assumptions that need to be vetted and recommendations that look like action items. Get this all sorted out before anyone starts taking action. Be careful, diligent, and organized--in other words--be a good business analyst.
Written by John Weathington
John Weathington is President and CEO of Excellent Management Systems, Inc., a management consultancy that helps guide organizations to achieve strategic goals, improve critical processes, and leverage the power of information. For over 20 years, John has helped clients of all sizes including an impressive list of Fortune 100 firms to include Visa, PayPal (eBay), Hewlett Packard, Sun Microsystems, Hitachi Data Systems, Cisco, and Silicon Graphics. His unique blend of leadership, management, and technical talent and skills are a rare find in the consulting arena.