Job: Business Analyst
Time at Lexicon: 7 months
What does your typical day at Lexicon look like?
Every day I get in an hour before stand-up. During stand-up, we discuss what we’ve done so far and what’s yet to come. As a Business Analyst, I break up user-stories and do verifications. I mostly sit with Software Engineers and walk them through any stories they might need clarifying.
What’s your favourite thing about working at Lexicon?
I’d have to say working with all the new technology. At the moment, we are working with React, Elasticsearch and all other modern technologies and programs, so it’s good fun!!
What initially drew you to Lexicon?
I came from a very large organization, working in a tax office with 20,000+ people. I wanted to move into something smaller and thought it would be interesting to work for a smaller-scale start-up. I find it’s much more hands-on, and you get to do a lot more on the daily. I also find there’s less bureaucracy and you get to chip in more. Smaller companies expose you to a lot more things!
So how did you get into what you do?
I stepped into the IT and communications world at University and focused on Multimedia development. I then went through the IT Graduate Program with the tax office. This role saw me working in the business analysis and design area. I like problem defining and solving more than the physical solution implementation. I find that throughout my career so far, it’s just been a progression of dealing with harder and harder problems, and I definitely enjoy the challenge.
If you could be doing one other thing professionally, what would it be?
Mmmm definitely something that I do as a hobby… I play a lot of video games and watch heaps of content online, therefore, I’d have to say a content reviewer or designer or even a professional gamer.
What’s your favourite thing to do on the weekend?
I live a very simple lifestyle, and the majority of my weekends are spent studying for University. Studying for me really fluctuates from being enjoyable at times, to non-enjoyable. I’m currently studying online, doing a Post-graduate Diploma in Data Science.
If you had a private chef for a night, what would you get them to make for you?
Recently, I’ve been pretty into Mexican food! I would love the chef to make me some sort of Mexican street food like tacos, burritos or empanadas.
What’s something that most people might not know about you?
Funnily enough, I don’t know how to drive, I’ve actually never learnt. To plead my case, I do live in the heart of the city and everything is within walking distance, so no need.
Are there any apps or software that you couldn’t live without?
Discord – its a chat channel used by a lot of gamers. I’m in a Discord chat with all my friends from University, and there’s always people messaging; it’s such a good way to converse, all the while playing games together.
What’s the best advice anyone’s given you?
Hmmm, at my last job my boss once told me – if you’re ever about to hire someone, think about whether you would see yourself working for them… I guess it just put things into perspective, about how to see people in a different light. Also, believe in yourself, always.
Is there any advice you’d give to a junior BA?
I would say that communication and soft skills are far more important than any technical skills. Being able to succinctly articulate and explain things, is much more important than any of the work you do.