Martin Postmus, Business Analyst at Shoprite Checkers, shares his training experience having recently completed the Business Analysis Practice course.
Here’s what Martin had to say about his training experience:
Tell us a bit about yourself and your background, both personally and professionally.
I’m 48, was raised and schooled in Pretoria. I pursued my interest in psychology and decided to study Personnel Management at the University of Pretoria, graduating with a B.Com (Honours) in 1991. Military service followed for one year, and then I accepted an HR internship at the BMW manufacturing plant outside Pretoria after that.
At the time of leaving BMW, I worked on their SAP HR implementation project. Seven years of international travel followed (my partner is a professional opera singer) before settling in Cape Town.
How and why did you become a Business Analyst?
Having been exposed to process mapping (very primitive) early in my career at BMW, I joined the Organisation & Methods team in 1994. There was only one business analyst in the company at that time, and my work there was business analysis related — writing system user manuals and performing change management for new logistics systems.
Before formally becoming a business analyst, various roles were positioned between IT and business areas and the sum of business and technical parts seemed to align to make business analysis a logical choice for my career.
What aspects of being a Business Analyst are you most passionate about and why?
Assisting the business to leverage system functionality (particularly an ERP system) to realise their goals is something I am passionate about. I particularly enjoy
… articulating business requirements in a manner that is clear to both business and IT stakeholders,
and getting involved in user acceptance testing (UAT) as well as post implementation support.
What were your objectives for attending the course and were they met?
One of my primary learning objectives was to leverage new insights to better consider my approach for conducting business analysis – and, indeed, it was fulfilled by the course.
What was the most valuable learning on the course – did you have an AHA moment?
Definitely relating content to the current job.
The combination of course syllabus and the interaction with like-minded business analysts resulted in healthy debate and scenario based comparisons.
The business analysis practice course certainly stimulates thought!
What did you enjoy most about the BCMG training experience?
The manner in which the course was presented.
Using real world scenarios and case studies was very insightful – and I really enjoyed the informal approach.
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