Friday, 18 October 2019 13:35

Can Business Analyst Boot Camps be Effective?

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Boot camps are intense training opportunities that are fast paced.

When you hear the word boot camp, the first thing that pops into your thoughts is a drill sergeant yelling in a military fashion and pushing you to perform an exercise. In the military you need to be tough and boot camps build military personnel with grueling exercises over a period of weeks. In business, boot camps are fast-paced learning environments that teach students specific skills.

Learning under pressure in a fast-paced environment works for some, but not all learners. What makes boot camp learning effective is focusing on the key areas that are the most important to your career or your organization’s objectives.


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Boot Camps are Effective Experiences for Some, But Not All

Business Analysis is highly specialized work. According to a recent Bloomberg article, the Silicon Valley recruiter Mark Dinan characterized the boot camps as "a freaking joke.” Not all Business Analyst boot camps are created the same. Why are some boot camps failing?

This happens for a few primary reasons. Training organizations not providing real work examples to learn from because they focus too much on theory.. Another reason boot camps are not effective is that they are not focused and are too broad in their training.

Boot camps are effective when the training focuses on real-world practical examples that are highly focused on select skill areas. With our Bob the BA partnership, the Uncommon League is focusing on relevant, real-world, practical training - training that is focused where you need it most.

Top 10 BA Boot Camps By CIO Magazine

The Uncommon League and Bob the BA are listed as one of the Top 10 Business Analyst boot camps by Sarah K. White Senior Writer at CIO Magazine. Not all boot camps are created the same and they fill a specific training purpose. So let’s dive into the world of boot camps.

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Bob Prentiss

Bob the BA provides business analysis training, consulting and mentoring services. He is CBAP certified with 25+ years of experience in corporate America; with a background in managing BA centers of excellence, assessing and managing BA maturity, quality, and competency.  He has presented numerous keynote, workshops, seminars, conferences, and training sessions across North America. Bob is a founding member and past President of the IIBA MSP Chapter.

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