Message from a drowning Business Analyst

  1. Developer
  2. BA (peer)
  3. BA (me)
  4. Manager
  5. Senior Manager
  6. Head
  1. The first-mover advantage comes with a disadvantage — you are taking the unknown risk, and you can never tell how prepared you are. All the other groups learned from our tragedy, and they formed their line in such a way that the weakest link was at the middle of the line; therefore, when that ditch came, they carried the group member without losing balance.
  2. We cannot control having all the knowledge of the subject, but this does not stop us from preparing at our best. Failing to plan is a foolproof plan to fail.
  3. We were the perfect example that we were merely a group whereas other groups were Team. As a team, they worked together based on their skill set. The summation of individual performance does not account for team performance. Team performance comes with collaborative effort and synergy.
  4. As a team, you cannot win alone; you win when your Team wins. Despite an excellent performance by our developer, we were the worst-performing group/team.
  5. Ask for help. You may have some managers or colleagues who are hesitant or do not have the slightest awareness that you need any help, so it’s our responsibility to ask. At the same time, you should also not wait for people to ask for help if you can see them struggle, you just offer support or re-direct them to the proper people/forum. (do not impose)
  6. There is a vast difference between theoretical knowledge and knowledge gained from practice. Bookish knowledge is useless if you cannot apply it when needed. Also, do not preach like me (“drowner) if you cannot act. Gain experience and then share when asked!
  7. Not all “move” chanting is motivational. Identify good stress vs bad stress. Bad stress lets you drop the rope and let you fall.
  8. Learn from your mistakes, understand your skill gap. After our fiasco, many started swimming lessons.
  9. There could be a reason why my peer BA denied her drowning and our effort in saving her where everyone witnessed the ordeal. Maybe she was feeling embarrassed. Always give the benefit of the doubt and move on.
  10. We got down and lost, but we did not end up dead. Cherish how you survive your worst moments. We did not do it then, but I am doing it now.

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