Before getting into IT, Jourdan Arenson worked as a journalist and marketing copywriter. In 1995, he switched to tech writing (“because you never need to lie in tech writing”) and got a job documenting foreign exchange trading systems at Bank of America in San Francisco.
After taking a course in Unified Modeling Language, he decided to become a Business Analyst. And after a couple mergers where his business partners and Dev teams were broken up and distributed around the globe, he was able to convince his managers that he could move to Eugene, Oregon and work from home as a Business Analyst.
He’s spent the past 12 years on conference calls helping colleagues in the global market centers of Chicago, New York, Charlotte, London and Bangalore build the Bank’s web-based foreign exchange trading applications. During those calls, nobody else suspected he was looking out the window at the chickens in his backyard.
- The Far Away BA: Business Analysis Tips For Pulling It All Together Without Being There At All - Jourdan Arenson, 2013 Technical Paper, Abstract, Paper, Slides