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Modern Analyst e-Journal: February 2009

 
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EDITOR'S NOTE
Success or Failure: It's your choice!
You've seemed to like my use of a blog entry in lieu of the editor's note so here's another one for this month:
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Highlights from this issue:
> The Agile Business Analyst: Eyes for Waste
> The Practical Side of Creativity
> Using Decision Management to Improve Requirements
> WEBINAR: Use Process Mapping to tap into new markets
> NEW: Business Analyst Humor

- Adrian Marchis, Editor

FEATURED ARTICLES
The Agile Business Analyst: Eyes for Waste
by Ellen Gottesdiener, Principal Consultant, EBG Consulting
As an agile analyst, you know how easy it is to get lost in a blizzard of project details. The way to keep focused is to remind yourself of the chief reason for using agile processes: to deliver business value for your organization. With that in mind, we’ll look at specific ways you can combine two approaches: agile and lean.
Read more... 

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The Practical Side of Creativity – An Innovative Arsenal For Project Managers
by Timothy L Johnson, Chief Accomplishment Officer for Carpe Factum, Inc.
When I’m not consulting or managing projects, some of my time is spent teaching MBA classes at Drake University.  The fact that I teach both project management AND creativity for business creates consternation among some of my friends and colleagues.  After all, can a project manager really be creative?  Aren’t those mutually exclusive skills?
Read more...

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Using Decision Management to Improve Requirements
by James Taylor, CEO of Decision Management Solutions
Business analysts are at the sharp end of one of the great challenges of information technology – how to build the systems organizations need. And further, how to do so quickly and cheaply and in a way that will allow those systems to be readily adapted to rapidly changing business environments. ... Business analysts need new approaches that will make it easier to meet these challenges. Read more...  

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