On Schedule, As Designed and the Stakeholders are Thrilled!

I admit the site has been pretty quiet lately. I haven’t quite kept up with things too well over the past few months. The fact is, though, that while I love blogging and interacting with my peers on all things business analysis, I’ve been working on a much more important project here recently.

My wife and I welcomed our son our son, Jacob into the production environment, on time (seriously – he was even born on his due date, Jan. 28!), as designed, and by all early indications, the stakeholders are thrilled with the end product – more on that in a bit.

Jake managed to exceed all our estimates in size, weighing in at a whopping 10 lbs. 3 oz.

Here is some of the feedback we received from key project stakeholders during the first few post-release days.

Big Brother Will

Will had been wanting a little brother, and was thrilled from the day we found out he’d be getting one. As a dad, I was a bit surprised and pleased at his reaction, though (around the 25 second mark).

Big Sister Anna

Anna wrote the letter below a few days before Jacob was born, and asked that it be delivered to him as soon as possible. Anna’s in first grade so she only spells about as well as I do, but if you read it phonetically you’ll find that she’s pretty happy about our latest “release” as well.

Big Sister Mary

No handwritten letters of videos of 3 year old Mary, but I think her smile speaks for itself.

Lessons Learned

Looking back on our recent “release” has only reaffirmed to me that the most important project I’ll take on in this life – and the one I want to get right if I fail at all else – is to do right by my Manager (and wife, Holly) and my little project team.

I do look to get back into the swing of participating the the online BA community, and being a little more faithful at keeping the site up to date. As it turns out, I’ve been given the opportunity to assume some additional responsibilities at work – still related to business analysis – that will provide me with some new experiences and perspectives.

So, while this post may not provide any new or clever insight on how to be a better business analyst, I appreciate you indulging me in a bit of a vanity post.

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Jonathan Babcock is a management and IT consultant with expertise in business analysis, process optimization and solution delivery methodology. Practical Analyst is his outlet for sharing what he's learned, and for interacting with solution delivery professionals across the globe.

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