I have had the good fortune to have practiced Business Analysis for more than 35 years. I have worked as both an employee and a contractor, primarily with large, international financial institutions and government entities. I have worked in three countries and had clients and employers in five.

I am currently employed as a Business Systems Analyst with an organisation in Toronto, Canada. One of the major components of my current role is to be a mentor to other Business Analysts who have different experiences than I do, both in terms of years and business experience.

During my career, I had the benefit of four mentors who generously shared their knowledge and experience with me. In some cases, the knowledge took a little while to soak in ("A picture is worth 1024 words"). In other cases, the experiences that they shared with me inspired me to look for more creative solutions.

I also had the benefit of several managers who allowed me to push the boundaries of my knowledge in order to try new approaches to solving the problems that I encountered. Sometimes the approaches worked and sometimes the results were less desirable. These managers had the confidence in me that allowed me to find the correct solution - eventually.

I was fortunate to be able to learn from these people on a one-on-one basis. These mentors and managers were most generous, and most gentle, in sharing their insights with me. Among the lessons learned is that people's knowledge comes in many forms. The challenge is to integrate this knowledge so that it can be used going forward.

Moore's Law posits that the number of transistors in a dense integrated circuit doubles every two years. It has been an observation that is useful in measuring the impact of technology on people's lives. For my purposes, technology has advanced far enough to enable the sharing of knowledge far beyond the one-on-one dialogs through which my career has grown. That's the impetus behind this website.

In this website, I will be presenting articles that will describe various components of my understanding of what it means to be a Business Analyst. The objectives are to pass along my knowledge to others who may benefit from that knowledge and experience. Once I am more comfortable with the technology, I would also like to open this site to commentary, in the hope that people who read articles on this site will share the benefit of their insights.