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What’s the difference between ECBA CCBA and CBAP Certification? Which certification should I pursue ECBA CCBA or CBAP? How do I know which certification is right/suited for me? There are so many certifications I am completely confused which one to pursue? Can you please guide me on which certification should I go for?   These are s...
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This entry was published on Aug 11, 2018 / Ann P. Posted in Business Analysis. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
Traceability is one of the lesser understood aspects of business analysis. It is indeed quite hard to maintain good traceability unless automated. This is why BABoK® warns us being theoretical about traceability. In this article, I would like to explain traceability concepts with help of an example. BABoK® definition of traceability: ...
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This entry was published on Apr 04, 2018 / LN Mishra, CBAP. Posted in Business Analysis. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
Around this time 12 months ago Gartner predicted that half of EA Business Architecture initiatives in 2018 would focus on defining and enabling Digital Platform Strategies. While there hasn’t been follow up research to prove whether this prediction has come true, anecdotal evidence would suggest that the real situation is pretty close. In th...
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This entry was published on Feb 13, 2018 / EA Learning. Posted in Business Analysis. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
The age of cloud computing is now so firmly established that research firm Gartner predicted by 2020, a corporate "no-cloud" policy will be as rare as a "no-internet" policy is today. In the same press release, Gartner went on to predict that spending on compute power sold by cloud providers will exceed that of compute power sold and deployed into ...
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This entry was published on Dec 25, 2017 / Limor Wainstein. Posted in Business Analysis. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
If you are building a reusable Security Product tool to specifically address Security Technical Implementation Guide (STIG)  Findings, should the requirements be considered Non Functional Requirements or Functional Requirements? For example if there are a number of STIGs such as: The minimum password length shall be 15 characters ...
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This entry was published on Aug 22, 2017 / Peter. Posted in Functional Specifications, Business Analysis. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
Current State For many years now, the most commonly used metaphor on Business Analysis has been the “Bridge”. However, in recent past, some in the BA community have started revisiting the metaphor resulting in a debate on how relevant it is. Of course, the value business analysis can provide for an organization does not depend on how i...
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This entry was published on Jun 25, 2017 / Ronak Sanghavi. Posted in Business Analysis, Roles and Responsibilities. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
 Challenges in Implementation:     I’m a strong believer of putting finishing touch to any initiative. Project Initiation is always tough and complex and need lots of research but if BA is unable to give the finishing touch then he is not done yet. So, I thought to put few of my views, challenges and observations during...
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This entry was published on Mar 20, 2017 / Sanjay Yadav. Posted in Business Analysis, Roles and Responsibilities. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
There are hundreds of traits that make up a good manager, but here are the top 9 skills we recommend for a business analysis leader - or any leader in general. 1. See Design as a Differentiator Anyone can design but not everyone designs well.  Who cares?  Frustrated users care.  Seeing design as important sets you apart from all ot...
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This entry was published on Sep 07, 2016 / Paul Crosby. Posted in Business Analysis, Leadership & Management. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
As business analysts, we are often in the fray of designing.  Whether it’s a user interface, report or data fed from one system to another; business analysts create interfaces with human beings and systems.  Our design choices impact users and other systems in a very real way.  This power can go unnoticed even in our own minds....
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Scope – the last frontier.  We are on a mission where no business analyst has gone before.  To explore strange new diagrams and to have the project scope clearly understood.  Extra credit to those who remember which TV show that was from!  Scope and context are the number one reason business expectations about a project ar...
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Being a badass isn’t about intimidation or trying to be something you simply are not.  It’s about knowing who you are and using your strengths to drive forward.  So let’s look at a few of the ways to be a badass in business: 1. Passion for Your Craft Is a Powerful and Infectious Energy Showing passion for your work in ...
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What is the role of the business analyst? A typical response to this question is that he is a bridge between IT and business. Often this view is reinforced by textbooks and training material covering the business analysis domain. The reality is that there is still much confusion about business analysis as a discipline. In my opinion, this view...
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This entry was published on Aug 16, 2016 / Edward M Ngubane. Posted in Business Analysis. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
Decision Model and Notation in short DMN is a novel way to model business decisions. DMN allows capturing and modeling business decisions in a way that is easy to understand with business people and subject matter experts. It is a combination of: Decision requirement diagram – DRD Decision table Boxed expressions Fr...
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This entry was published on Aug 10, 2016 / Arash. Posted in Business Rules, Systems Analysis, Business Analysis, Domain Modeling. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
In my previous blog post titled "All requirements are important!", I reasoned that stakeholders only appear to be uncooperative in the prioritization process. In reality, they are unable to prioritize requirements because they cannot see one requirement more or less important than the other. I urged you to ponder whether ...
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This entry was published on May 19, 2016 / Praveen Udupa. Posted in Requirements Analysis (BABOK KA) , Business Analysis. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
I was running a meeting with a few stakeholders. I was imploring them to indicate the relative importance of requirements, but was hitting a brick wall; they kept insisting, "They all look the same to me. All requirements are important. They all are must-haves." I tried to reason with them multiple times over. There are just too many requirements...
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This entry was published on May 17, 2016 / Praveen Udupa. Posted in Requirements Management and Communication (BABOK KA), Business Analysis. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
My youngest daughter was scheduled for her first dentist appointment.  She couldn’t contain her excitement.  She had her stuffed dog, dentist-visiting attire and bright, sparkling smile ready for the event.  She was ready to go.  Little did I realize that not only would my daughter come away with a clean-bill of dental hea...
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This entry was published on May 17, 2016 / rlogan1301. Posted in Business Analysis, Career as a Business Systems Analyst, Roles and Responsibilities. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
This is in continuation of my earlier post on Business Requirement. If you have not read that post, I recommend you take a few minutes to study that first before continuing with this post. In this post, let's discuss Stakeholder Requirement. Some people refer to this as User Requirement, but BABOK's nomenclature is Stakeholder Requi...
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This entry was published on May 06, 2016 / Praveen Udupa. Posted in Requirements Analysis (BABOK KA) , Functional Specifications, Business Analysis. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
Yes, yes...you are right. This is an elephant.  Well, no. This post is not about the elephant. The elephant is used only for symbolism.  And you are right...there are a lot of other similar posts out there. This is my take on this topic. It is different from others. So, what does the elephant stand for? T...
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This entry was published on May 06, 2016 / Praveen Udupa. Posted in Business Analysis. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
"Business Requirement" is a maligned phrase. Different people have different interpretations for what it means. The worst interpretation that I have come across is, “hey, if the requirement comes from a business stakeholder, then it is a business requirement”. Requirement from business is NOT business requirement. For God's sake, every ...
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This entry was published on May 06, 2016 / Praveen Udupa. Posted in Requirements Analysis (BABOK KA) , Functional Specifications, Business Analysis, IIBA & BABOK. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
We saw about the problems and the ways of defining a solution to those problems in the last article. Also, I had mentioned that when a problem arises, there is a need for the business to resolve that problem. So, what would be business needs? It again depends on the problems which they face.  By definition, Needs are desires of the project cus...
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This entry was published on Apr 25, 2016 / RANGA. Posted in Business Analysis, Getting Started as a Business Systems Analyst. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
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