Two children, a husband and over ten years as a Business Analyst, I think I am finally worthy of adding the following credentials to my name, “The Negotiator”.
If I realized earlier in life how important negotiation skills were going to be, I would have concentrated my studies on the ‘Art of Negotiating’. I spend my life negotiating; from the morning battle with myself to work out, the daily cries of want from my children, to the television show my husband and I agree to at the end of the day. But the real negotiations happen all day, every day in my role as a Business Analyst.
Since project decisions are never black and white, and everything included in a project is negotiable, being an effective negotiator is crucial in the success of a project.
From defining the scope, determining the requirements, to the functional design that fulfill the requirements, a business analyst has to negotiate at every turn. Some were lucky enough to be born great negotiators, but most of us need a lot of work.
So, if you are planning to become a spouse, parent or business analyst…..be sure to add negotiation skills to your repertoire!