19 June 2007

I am Craig Brown

I have been asked to put a bio together for Fadi El-Eter at PM Hut. He is going to republish a few of my articles from here.

Possibly a few of the regulars at this site might be interested in who I am also so I thought I’d post it up here.

And maybe one of the dozen visitors a day that come looking for insight into Precedence diagrams.

I am Craig Brown.

I have worked as a project manager and business analyst mainly in the Australian ITC, Banking industries. I have also worked in the law, education and welfare industries, including starting a law firm with some lawyerly members of my family.

The most recent after hours/ personal project I am running (with an entrepreneurial former workmate) is a dot.com start-up that I’ll be publishing here eventually.

I have worked on a variety of operations, sales and marketing projects that range from large ones that drag on for years and cost millions but leave everybody disappointed, to short sharp focused ones where everybody walks away a winner. And the ones in between.

It’s easy to say the big ones never work and are too hard, and that you should avoid them where you can, but I have to say; I respect the people that take on the big challenges and have the tenacity and bravery to slog it out over the hard yards.

Persevere was my high school’s motto. I went to university and did a bachelor of business, mainly management and marketing.

I took what I learned and started working in a help desk at an Australian telco supporting its internet, cable and telephony products. I was a troublesome worker because I was always asking questions and suggesting better ways of doing things. Eventually I was shifted into a process improvement team and from there to more projects, consulting and analysis work and so on, all the while trying to maintain a customer/client focus in my work, which has mostly worked...

Two and a half years ago I went back to formal education and began a Masters degree in project management, which is not quite completed. Part of the course required the maintenance of a learning journal. That was the genesis of this blog.

I am currently working with a Melbourne based IT consulting firm called OptimiseIT. If you are looking for work as a PM, BA, or other IT professional, or if you are considering getting into the industry, feel free to get in touch via this site or via the OptimiseIT site.

And thanks for coming by and reading my site.


  1. Hi Craig,

    My name is Mike Ramm. I discovered your blog recently and I became a loyal reader of yours. I like your way of thinking and the topics you discuss in your blog.

    I was a software developer, a business analyst, and a project manager for about 20 years. I started blogging a couple of months ago and I am already addicted to it :-) If you are interested, you can see my blog at http://mikeramm.blogspot.com

    There was a meme called 8 Random Facts About Me for which I was tagged and I decided to tag you for the next step. If you’d like to join the game, you should write something about yourself in your blog and to tag 8 more people. Of course, you are not obliged to do that. You can just ignore the invitation if you don’t like to participate in such blogging games. Don’t worry - no one would be offended.

    Please, check the link for the rules of the meme if you decide to participate.

    Thank you for your great content! I will continue to read (and sometimes comment) the things you post in your blog and I will be glad if we establish a good relationship.

    Wishing you all the best,

  2. Anonymous7:33 pm

    Thanks Mike,
    I want to keep the blog relatively on topic so I'll treat this as a challenge to make the list related to project management issues.... I think.

  3. Hi Craig

    Great blog you have here. I am a Senior BA in Melbourne and fellow RMIT student.

    Keep up the good work.



  4. Anonymous2:00 pm

    Hi Craig

    Great blog you have here. I am a Senior BA in Melbourne and fellow RMIT student.

    Keep up the good work.

    SNJ Technology Consulting
    Professional Business Analyst Services


  5. Anonymous4:13 pm

    Hi Craig
    I have been reading your blog for the past 3- 4 months and am interested in furthering my career in Business Analysis. I am currently in Melbourne and am looking for opportunities where I can build my skills and further my career as a BA. I am currently a BA (although I have not gained much from my current role) and have worked in application support roles (link between the business users and the senior BA'S and IT techs). Any advise would be much appreciated.
    Newbie BA

  6. Newbie and SNJ

    Youa re both elcome to get in touch directly. You can access me via this page

  7. Anonymous8:07 am

    Hi Craig,
    My name is Dany and I am junior Business Analyst.You have very good blog.

    Good luck.

    Please tell me how I can contact you?

  8. Dany_girl

    See the message above for a link to a contact page. Or see a email icon on the front page of the blog - top right.

    Thanks for reading.

  9. Anonymous4:33 pm

    One of the coolest things about business blogging is the social interaction and community that is built when readers leave meaningful comments. Like a good story, a post elicits a response from the reader.

  10. Anonymous12:44 am

    Hi Craig, I'd like to contact you but neither the e-mail address nor the contact page above work anymore.

    I am a proprietor of an online requirements management tool and would like to solicit your feedback (freebie included :)

  11. Hi Tomas

    I have updated the email address on the contact me link above.

    You're welcome to get in touch, but a warning = I am not that good at getting around to product reviews.

  12. Hi Craig,

    I am a novice BA in the IS dept at a small but large independent oil and gas company. I am the only one here that was not a developer or applications support. The company stated that they wanted someone from the business side and were impressed with the various E&P companies I worked for as a Engineering Technical Asst. My issue is that I do not get opportunities to employ the skills that the BA world preaches about. And feel like I am not useful due to the lack of technical ability. I test the system when needed and log issues into sharepoint. I have not even worked with users as they still communicate with their favorites. I have a lot of downtime that I use to research exactly what BAs do. I asked a co-worker about the fact that the department does not do formal documentation on their in-house systems and he explained that they are do'ers and they "fly by the seat of their pants." So I dont want to leave the #40 Fortune Best Company to work for, I am keeping my fingers crossed that it's only been 6 months and in another year, I will find my way. Im just not convinced.

  13. Hi there C Williams. I'd be happy to chat directly with you. Can you email me

  14. Hi Sir,

    I recently found your blog and find your entries very interesting. I am currently looking for someone who could write articles on Project Management at least once every two weeks. If you are interested sir, pls. send me an email at sempuerto@gmail.com or if you know anyone who would be interested, I would really appreciate it.