Asking Questions

“You can tell whether a man is clever by his answers. You can tell whether a man is wise by his questions.” – Naguib Mahfouz (Nobel Prize Winner)


Being a Great BA Means…  – Howard Podewsa

 Being a great BA means asking everything you—and everyone else—wants to know but are afraid to ask.

Would you pretend you know how to do be a brain surgeon? Probably not, but many BAs leave meetings pretending to know everything that was said, when in reality they were too afraid to ask questions if they thought everyone else understood the concept or proposal. If you suffer from the same sort of fear, you have to get over your shyness because leaving those questions unasked will affect the quality of your analysis, and current and future performance—yours and your client’s. …..

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Asking yourself, “Does this make sense?” – Kevin Giles

To me, business analysis is the best job in the world. No two days are ever the same; you are constantly exposed to new situations, and you have the opportunity to work with lots of interesting people. Being a business analyst, however, comes with much responsibility. As the saying goes, “With great power … ”—well, you get the idea. …..

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How do I know what questions to ask? – Roxanne Miller

The Man Who Asked Questions

“About 2,400 years ago in Athens a man was put to death for asking too many questions,” opens a chapter in Nigel Warburton’s book A Little History of Philosophy. “Snub-nosed, podgy, shabby, and a bit strange, Socrates did not fit in,”. Viewed by people as charismatic with a brilliant mind, Socrates was unique, but also very annoying. As Socrates shuffled around the marketplace, he often stopped people and asked them straightforward—yet awkward—questions…..

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