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Project Skills Newsletter Issue #1 - How To Write A Good Business Analyst Cover Letter
December 10, 2013

Hello ,

Welcome to issue #1 of my Project Skills Newsletter.

1. Featured Article

If you're looking for a job as a business analyst, you'll know that the tough part is actually landing an interview. Gone are the days where employers would simply grant you interviews straightaway - most of them know go through several screening processes internally to sieve out the candidates to actually interview.

Indeed, here in Singapore, where I'm based, I see that in competitive industries like banking and management consulting, it can be tough landing interviews for business analysts. This is especially true in brand name banks like Deutsche Bank and UBS or consulting firms like McKinsey and Company ...

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2. Tip of the Week

My tip of the week this week is about the "Project Steering Committee". All large-scale projects should have a Steering Committee Meeting made up of senior management stakeholders. Your project sponsor (the person who commissions and pays for the project) is a key part of that meeting.

The Steering Committee Meeting is your friend. Do not fear it - instead, make full use of it.

What do I mean by "make use of" the meeting? Well, if you have out-of-scope items raised which are going to make your delivery timeline slip, RAISE these issues to senior management.

Often, the ground level users raising enhancement requests have very little idea of the strategic direction of the company.

Senior management stakeholders, on the other hand, HAVE a strategic view. And they CAN make the call to defer unnecessary changes and push a basic system out first. Get them to help you!

3. Book of the Week

Each week, I pick out one book related to project management, business analysis or project delivery.

My book of the week this week is "Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity" by David Allen. It teaches you a fabulous organizational system which you can use to plan and execute all tasks in your life - at work and at home.

If you're feeling overwhelmed with too many things to do, too little time to do them, and a general sense of unease that something important is being missed - this book is perfect for you.

Ok, I'll admit that this book is not strictly about project delivery. However, it one of the best time management books I've ever read (other than Stephen Covey's "The Seven Habits Of Highly Effective People"). Pick this up - it'll change the way you look at the execution of tasks in your life.

Which, incidentally, is very important in project delivery :)

Final Thoughts

I hope you have a great week. If you have any questions, send feel free to send me an email. Talk to you next week.

Very Respectfully,
Gary Tan
Author, Project Manager & Business Analyst

P.S. Check out my tips and resources for the PM and BA.

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