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October 2022 - Adriana Beal

Friday, October 21, 2022 -
12:00pm to 1:00pm

11:45 - 11:50: Virtual meeting opens
11:50 - 12:00: Welcome & Chapter announcements
12:00 - 1:00:  Presentation

Think Like a Scientist: How First Principles Reasoning Can Make You a Better Business Analyst


Look closely at the work of any business analyst with an outstanding record of solving complex problems, and you’ll probably find multiple examples of them challenging existing methods and conventional wisdom to unleash creative solutions. At the core of this ability to solve problems that no one had cracked before is what we commonly refer to as first principles thinking.

Learning objectives:

After this session, you'll be able to:

  • Describe what is first principles thinking
  • Apply first principles reasoning to your BA work to find fresh solutions for important business problems with less effort, fewer resources, and reduced risks.


Adriana Beal has been working as a data scientist building predictive models with machine learning since 2016. Prior to that she worked for more than a decade in business analysis and product management helping U.S. Fortune 500 companies and high tech startups make better software decisions. Adriana has presented in numerous IIBA conferences, including the Building Business Capability (BBC) 2019, and has work internationally published by IEEE and IGI Global. You can find more of her useful advice for business analysts at bealprojects.com.


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October 2022 Chapter Meeting
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Adriana Beal
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