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Day 1: I have recently made a major career change, moving from what I would now call a client company to a consulting company. It's an exciting change, but I don't expect to write about my new experiences at this time. However, I had also been spending some time writing an extended piece about my experiences over the years working ...
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This entry was published on May 08, 2008 / David Wright. Posted in Systems Analysis. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
This blog has been started because, like anyone who writes a bit for a living, I thought I had a book to write...so I did. This blog also hi-lights the arrival of lulu.com, a website that will publish your book with the 'tarnish' of a vanity presss. So, check both out at http://www.lulu.com/content/2088656 . The book is "Cascade - Better practice...
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This entry was published on May 07, 2008 / David Wright. Posted in Systems Analysis, Career as a Business Systems Analyst. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
Believe it or not I have been asked the question below in an interview for a SR BA position BA Job Interview Questions in the real world What program languages do you know? Have you ever configured an SQL Server? How fast can you get requirements? We need the BA to review code and then document it can you do that? If...
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This entry was published on Apr 03, 2008 / . Posted in Interviewing & Hiring Business Systems Analysts. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
There are several studies out there that identify why projects go wrong and what you have to have in place to make sure they have a chance. Naturally the readers of Modern Analyst (and BetterProjects.net) are aware of the importance of good requirements management, a theme which permeates the list below, culled from a range of PM literature[1]....
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This entry was published on Mar 25, 2008 / Craig Brown. Posted in Project Management, Soft Skills, Leadership & Management. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
A new survey highlights the importance of proper requirements management   “More than half "did not have professional, trained staff dedicated to the function of getting requirements, and the vast majority view the process of getting requirements to be inefficient," the report states. Read the original article here. Key points I got fro...
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This entry was published on Feb 13, 2008 / Craig Brown. Posted in Career as a Business Systems Analyst. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
“A recently launched website aims to define a simple lightweight project delivery framework designed to combat the phenomena of PINO (Prince2 in Name Only). The new site is the brainchild of Dr. Peter Merrick and it is a synthesis of Prince2, RUP and waterfall. The main points of this new framework is it explicitly recognises the needs of all manag...
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This entry was published on Jan 20, 2008 / Craig Brown. Posted in SDLC, Process, and Methodologies. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
How do you measure up against the IIBA's BOK.  Take a quick self assessment and then work out a personal development plan to help you get ready for certification.   | View | Upload your own
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This entry was published on Jan 19, 2008 / Craig Brown. Posted in IIBA & BABOK. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
The BA Handbook is a wiki designed for Business Analysts.  It's aim is to create a knowledge base that analysts can use to share their knowledge and learn about new and useful things. So far the content is limited.  It needs more information and more people to contrinute to it. Maybe you can help.  If so, click on the link below an...
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This entry was published on Jan 15, 2008 / Craig Brown. Posted in Business Analysis. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
The 5th edition of the Carnival of Business Analysts has been published at Better Projects. This edition is focused on Requirements Analysis.   This is a series of blog posts that collect other blog posts on topics themed around the BABOK knowledge areas. Edition 5 is on Requirements Analysis.   Previous editions include Loo...
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This entry was published on Dec 16, 2007 / Craig Brown. Posted in Requirements Analysis (BABOK KA) , Systems Analysis, Business Analysis. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
I've come to understand the necessity for stakeholder involvement throughout the Requirements Gathering process. But what if it's another BA who is the stakeholder company's point of contact whom you'll be gathering requirements from instead of the stake holder themselves? Is there an advantage? How do we leverage the strength of our Requirements&#...
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This entry was published on Dec 02, 2007 / Chris. Posted in Elicitation (BABOK KA), Business Analysis. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
Do Business Analysts belong on Agile Projects?  Some say yes, but isn't a better model for Agile developers to learn BA skills? Don’t be fooled. Agile projects threaten the role of business analysts on IT projects. An important thing to consider for Agile projects is that users need to be senior enough to be able to look beyond local ag...
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This entry was published on Nov 28, 2007 / Craig Brown. Posted in Business Analysis, Agile Methods. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
Is this the start of a new trend, or a short-term blip? Recruiters are calling, and making "extra" visits to IIBA and other meetings.  They say they have more corporate demand for Business Analysts, than they can fill. Many programming jobs have moved to India and other locations.  Now there are not enough people left to supply the...
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This entry was published on Nov 13, 2007 / sherlockmh. Posted in Career as a Business Systems Analyst. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
How do we define the role of a BA. Is there a difference in responsibilities executed by a business analyst and business systems analyst? Or, are the titles simply synonymous with each other? Attempting to clear out some of that fog is the purpose of this article. As much as I enjoyed writing this, I also look forward to receiving your feedback and...
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This entry was published on Oct 17, 2007 / . Posted in Roles and Responsibilities. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
This article aims to share with the readers what it means to be a Business Analyst and people who are exploring this career path can hopefully gain some insight from this piece. A Business Analyst is commonly perceived to be a ‘Conduit’ between the IT and Business units of an organization. Simply defined, a Business Analyst is a professional who ...
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This entry was published on Aug 02, 2007 / Priya. Posted in Roles and Responsibilities. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
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