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I am no longer a Webinar virgin. Thanks to the good folks at the IIBA, this week I had my first Webinar experience as an interviewee as part of the IIBA’s ‘ABC’ (Authors, Books and Conversations) series. The host, Julian Sammy, was brilliant in being able to pick out the questions that would be the most difficult for me to answer. (I hear that’s wh...
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This entry was published on Feb 15, 2011 / Howard Podeswa. Posted in Business Analysis, Soft Skills, Career as a Business Systems Analyst, Getting Started as a Business Systems Analyst. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
Whether or not you have ever been a Business Analyst yourself, if you work with enough Business Analysts over time you learn what sort of characteristics make a BA successful.  Regardless of the Business Analyst’s skills, experience, domain knowledge or certifications, there are inherent traits that will more often than not help a person succe...
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The International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA) has recently announced a new intermediate business analyst certification called the Certification of Competency in Business Analysis (CCBA). The CCBA is being offered by the IIBA as an intermediate business analyst certification for a more junior business analyst who may not meet the more stri...
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This entry was published on Oct 02, 2010 / Chris Adams. Posted in Business Analysis, Career as a Business Systems Analyst, Getting Started as a Business Systems Analyst, CBAP. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
The Business Analysis Conference Europe 2010 is building on its highly successful inaugural conference with more workshops and a third track – Business Agility and Business Analysis.  It brings together business analysis specialists from across Europe and beyond, providing a platform for promoting the BA profession and opportunities for BAs’ p...
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This entry was published on Aug 08, 2010 / Adrian M.. Posted in Business Analysis, Agile Methods, Career as a Business Systems Analyst, IIBA & BABOK. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
I stumbled upon a great blog post by Jerry Nixon, Principal Architect for NixonCorp, which covers from a developer's perspective eight reasons why Business Analysts bring value to a project through what they do: Extract Anticipate Constrain Organize Translate Safeguard Simplify Verify Read Jerry'...
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This entry was published on Jul 04, 2009 / Adrian M.. Posted in Career as a Business Systems Analyst, Roles and Responsibilities. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
“Once upon a time, young people learned a trade through years of apprenticeship.” Have you noticed an interesting dilemma faced by those wanting to enter the business analysis profession? There don’t seem to be any “Junior Business Analyst” jobs. Most hiring organizations are looking for practitioners with prior business analysis experience. Ima...
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This entry was published on Jun 07, 2009 / Adrian M.. Posted in Leadership & Management, Career as a Business Systems Analyst, Getting Started as a Business Systems Analyst. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
In a recent Yahoo! Hot Jobs article, Grace Chen identifies 5 Careers that Pay Well Even in a Recession: Engineer Accountant Marketing and Sales Manager Registered Nurse Computer Systems Analyst According to the article - nearly 150,000 new jobs for computer systems analysts are expected to be created between 2006 ...
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This entry was published on Mar 16, 2009 / Adrian M.. Posted in Career as a Business Systems Analyst, Salary Info for the Business Systems Analyst, Getting Started as a Business Systems Analyst. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
I was at a talk yesterday by American artist Lawrence Weiner. He spent half the time saying there was nothing he had to say about his art; the next half saying it.  I enjoyed it thoroughly.  Something he had to say really stuck with me: that art is all about creating a logical structure for viewing the world.  It helped me understand...
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This entry was published on Mar 13, 2009 / Howard Podeswa. Posted in Class Diagram, Business Analysis, Domain Modeling, Career as a Business Systems Analyst. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
Most of us would agree that recessions are not a good thing – especially the one we are in right now.   But for those daring enough, tough times have can be moments of opportunity.    Many famous companies - such as GE, CNN, HP, Microsoft, Hyatt, FedEx, etc. - started during times of shaky economic conditions.   How did th...
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This entry was published on Mar 09, 2009 / Adrian M.. Posted in Enterprise Analysis (BABOK KA), Business Analysis, Career as a Business Systems Analyst, Getting Started as a Business Systems Analyst. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
I've heard and read many opinions painting the role of the business analysts as being (or needing to be) purely business oriented.  The argument is "let the technical team deal with the technical details." The practice however, the business analyst is confronted by the technical aspects of the solution on virtually every project.  These ...
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This entry was published on Feb 17, 2009 / Adrian M.. Posted in Business Analysis, Career as a Business Systems Analyst, Technical Topics. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
The Business Analyst will probably go down as one of the more important players to help us get out of these terrible economic times. Now is more important than ever for organizations to improve their processes and squeeze every last bit of productivity out of their business operations. Unfortunately, not all companies will survive - as they try to...
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This entry was published on Feb 09, 2009 / Adrian M.. Posted in Business Analysis, Career as a Business Systems Analyst. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
As a programmer who moved into business analysis I got most of my business analysis skills the old fashioned way: through trial and error, working on many projects, stealing from those who succeeded, learning gotchas from those who failed, etc. It was rare when I stumbled upon an experienced consultant who was willi...
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This entry was published on Jan 27, 2009 / Adrian M.. Posted in Business Analysis, Career as a Business Systems Analyst, Getting Started as a Business Systems Analyst. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
"The 2009 Benchmark of Salaries and Employment Trends in IT survey from the National Computing Centre says one-third of respondents have experienced a shortage of candidates with certain key skills. According to the survey, 33.7 percent of organisations highlight problems recruiting or retaining people with Oracle, SAP, .NET, web development, busi...
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This entry was published on Jan 27, 2009 / Adrian M.. Posted in Business Analysis, Analytical and Problem Solving Skills, Career as a Business Systems Analyst. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
I’ve had the chance to interview numerous candidates for business analyst positions and there is one question I like to ask every one of them: “What do you do to increase your skills and value as a Business Analyst?” Obviously, I’m not looking to get a specific answer as each business analyst has different background and different goals. Wha...
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This entry was published on Jan 09, 2009 / Adrian M.. Posted in Career as a Business Systems Analyst. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
Recently, the media was buzzing with news that president-elect Obama named Nancy Killefer, a management consultant with McKinsey & Company, as the nation's CPO.  That is Chief Performance Officer. According to the media "the newly created position aims to make government more efficient, effective and transparent". I don't know what...
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This entry was published on Jan 09, 2009 / Adrian M.. Posted in Career as a Business Systems Analyst. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
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