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I've been working with a company now for a little over a year as a contract business analyst and I think it's fair to say that they are still evolving their understanding over how to effectively utilise BA's like myself. So far, i've been fairly successful in deploying methodologies, BA tools and techniques, but i...
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This entry was published on May 16, 2011 / KMUK. Posted in Roles and Responsibilities. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
I have been delivering projects successfully since the early 80s. Back then, we didn't have business rules, we had formal logical data models, entity life histories, data constraints, and data flow diagrams. In general, all the necessary business constraints got captured properly and implemented. Some of these deliveries actually passed acceptance ...
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This entry was published on May 13, 2011 / Dr David Fletcher. Posted in Business Rules. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
What do you need the most when eliciting Requirements? Face-time with Subject Matter Experts and their Managers.  As a Business Analyst employed in a typical organization, what is the thing you get the least of? Face-time with Subject Matter Experts and their Managers. Who will Subject Matter Experts and Managers make time to see? Outside Cons...
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This entry was published on Apr 28, 2011 / David Wright. Posted in Elicitation (BABOK KA), Business Analysis. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
When you think of the word 'complex', do you ever think about what it has to do with project execution? Ask a management consulting firm to define 'complex' and you'll get a response like "well, it's a concept that can affect your life, your family, your team and your organization." That's because consultants understand that complexity lies in ever...
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This entry was published on Apr 18, 2011 / James D. Murphy. Posted in Project Management, Soft Skills, Leadership & Management. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
Dear All BA's, I am conducting a simple informal survery about the utilization of robustness diagrams and robustness analysis by BA's. The questions will take less than one minute of your time to answer and your input will greatly my research work that I am conducting towards improving the current practices in BA. Do you use robusntess diagrams a...
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This entry was published on Mar 29, 2011 / Dr. Mohamed El-Attar. Posted in Business Analysis. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
I am working on a project where Development teams are divided into specialized areas called Centers of Competence. For example, one team works on Customer data, another team on Product data and validation, another works with the Shopping Cart, another with Checkout and so on. Requirements are gathered within each of these Centers of Competence and ...
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This entry was published on Feb 27, 2011 / Seilevel. Posted in Business Analysis Planning (BABOK KA), Business Analysis, Analytical and Problem Solving Skills, Career as a Business Systems Analyst. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
Perhaps the most important facet of agile software development is its innate ability to satisfy user requirements better, more accurately, more consistently, than what is considered ‘traditional’ software development. Where ‘traditional’ software development begs the user for all necessary information upfront and then reluct...
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This entry was published on Feb 17, 2011 / Mendix.com. Posted in Agile Methods. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
If you are an internal Business Analyst or consultant asking the right questions in a Discovery project is a critical skill. While it seems that a 10 or 20 year veteran seemingly gets those answers by some magical power, it’s really not that complicated. The experienced Business Analyst or Project Manager has been there many times before and knows ...
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This entry was published on Feb 14, 2011 / Mike Cunningham. Posted in Business Process Management (BPM) . Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
If you are an internal Business Analyst or consultant asking the right questions in a Discovery project is a critical skill. While it seems that a 10 or 20 year veteran seemingly gets those answers by some magical power, it’s really not that complicated. The experienced Business Analyst or Project Manager has been there many times before and knows ...
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This entry was published on Jan 21, 2011 / Mike Cunningham. Posted in Business Process Management (BPM) . Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
It’s that time of year, where our thoughts turn to the holidays…the holiday parties, the shopping, the lights, visiting with family!  For many organizations, the end of the year tends to be quiet on the IT front, for no organization wants to risk introducing problems into their production environment at year end.  So as I look back at th...
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Hi Everyone, In my current company X I am Leading the analysis efforts around retiring  legacy application with nemerous external dependancies and as a part of the analysis process my team and I are performing a great deal of reverse engineering.   New applications which will be built as a result of retirement this le...
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This entry was published on Jan 11, 2011 / Ella. Posted in Business Analysis. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
Many business analysts and heads of industry find themselves in compromising situations. Their team is down and they can’t seem to move the business properly towards the goal. It seems your competitor across the field is always one step ahead, providing results and fan [customer] satisfaction. But how did they do it and why can’t you come back? Ga...
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This entry was published on Jan 04, 2011 / Mendix.com. Posted in Business Analysis, Agile Methods, Career as a Business Systems Analyst. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
I have spent the last year and a half working on an enterprise software solution development effort where we do not use a Requirements Management tool like Caliber or Visual Studio TFS. Our requirements are created in Word using standardized templates and distributed to Development and Test teams for consumption. Test cases are written in Excel an...
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I've been blogging lately about a couple of topics pertaining to 'agile' methods. Along those lines, I wanted to consider one suggested practice that I think is worth reflecting on, that is; the treatment of NFRs (non-functional requirements) as stories. Let's draw back for a moment. Regardless of process approach, be it traditional or agile, po...
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This entry was published on Dec 17, 2010 / FergalMcGovern. Posted in Business Analysis Planning (BABOK KA), Requirements Analysis (BABOK KA) , Requirements Management and Communication (BABOK KA). Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
  Business Analysts often delve into business requirements, gathering, understanding and documenting business processes and functions. An analytical mind and detailed information gathering are considered to be essential; one wonders though, if industry experience is a must for good business analysis skills. After all, if you knew well the ins...
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This entry was published on Dec 06, 2010 / HSantanam. Posted in Project Management, Analytical and Problem Solving Skills, Soft Skills, Career as a Business Systems Analyst, Roles and Responsibilities. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
A Promise to have a Conversation I’ve been writing user stories for a couple of years now, and the best way I’ve heard how to describe them is that they are a promise to have a conversation.  Enough information should be written down to give the reader an idea of what the gist of the story is (and to be able to roughly estimate a story point ...
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This entry was published on Nov 22, 2010 / Seilevel. Posted in Business Rules, Systems Analysis, Business Analysis, Agile Methods. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
Capacity review   Why should Business Analysts be concerned about IT Asset Capacity planning / review - because business analysts, in my opinion, are all about optimizing business processes - in many cases, closely linked to IT. With that said, here is some food for thought:   IT Asset management - One of the core principles for Infor...
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This entry was published on Nov 19, 2010 / HSantanam. Posted in Project Management, Estimation, Career as a Business Systems Analyst, Tools. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
EMV process is used in the Decision Tree analysis, which visually maps out activity decision paths. As an example, if a deliverable for a project has two suppliers, and it is known that any delay in the crucial deliverable will result in additional resource idling/alternative costs of $1,000 per day, and that supplier "A" price is $20,000 and suppl...
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This entry was published on Nov 17, 2010 / HSantanam. Posted in Project Management, Estimation. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
You have achieved your short term BA goals. You want to expand your horizons and see what else is out there and how you can progress in your career and gain knowledge and keep your career up-to-date as well. What are some of the possibilities out there that won't force you to re-learn something new from scratch? Some possibilities for career and kn...
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This entry was published on Nov 17, 2010 / HSantanam. Posted in Project Management, Soft Skills, Leadership & Management, Career as a Business Systems Analyst. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
You know, it’s the coolest nickname I’ve ever received - but it almost sounds negative. I mean am I going in and assassinating your application? No, I go in and make the changes you request and re-deploy your application. So why give me that nickname? Pretty easy I guess, when I’m operating strictly as the implementer of a solution, I am able to...
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This entry was published on Nov 16, 2010 / Mendix.com. Posted in Agile Methods. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
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