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Don’t you love clichés? I am sure your immediate thought when you read the title of this post was “Yet another blog telling me I need to listen more”. You’re probably right about half of it, you probably do need to listen more. We all need to listen more. But this thought doesn’t deal with the art of listening; it deals with a completely different ...
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This entry was published on Jul 29, 2013 / Russell Brewer. Posted in Business Analysis, Soft Skills. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
Would you like to be perceived as effective? Want to succeed? Make sure you follow up.   As a BA you are involved in several initiatives at different stages of development.  What separates an average professional from an exceptional one is following up on tasks assigned to others on your projects. I'm too busy,...
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This entry was published on Jul 18, 2013 / Lee Grinberg, CBAP, PMP. Posted in Business Analysis, Soft Skills, 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.
Over last 6 years, I have come across more than hundreds of analysts and have conducted almost equal number of interviews. Over this time, I have developed a knack of differentiating best analysts from good and good analysts from bad. If you face this challenge regularly, this post might help you.   So how do you differentiate between g...
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This entry was published on Jul 13, 2013 / Kunal Jain. Posted in Business Analysis, Analytical and Problem Solving Skills, Soft Skills, Career as a Business Systems Analyst. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
In the BABOK, an entire section is dedicated to stakeholder analysis (version 2.0 section 2.2). The first element of stakeholder analysis as defined in the BABOK is the identification of stakeholders. It stands to reason therefore that if we as business analysts fail at the building block of stakeholder identification, then we are putting the proce...
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This entry was published on Jun 28, 2013 / Russell Brewer. Posted in Business Analysis. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
You might think I am crazy for wondering if Indiana Jones might be a good business analyst. Even though Indiana Jones is portrayed in the movies as a treasure hunter, he was really an archaeologist first. So what skills do archaeology and business analysis have in common? I don’t think I would have been able to draw a parallel betwee...
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This entry was published on Jun 24, 2013 / Dean J. Chapman. Posted in Business Analysis, Roles and Responsibilities. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
In my previous posts I outlined how I was able to succeed being the first and only BA at a company and the importance of establishing trust between you and the stakeholders.   So you're the first BA at a company.   All are looking at you and thinking what can this person do for me? Good question.   What can you do f...
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Do you want to be an effective BA?   The first step is to make the key stakeholders trust you. As I wrote in my previous post it is the first step in establishing yourself when you're the only BA in your organization.  When I joined and sat down for my first meeting with the project team not only was I met with stares of host...
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This entry was published on Jun 03, 2013 / Lee Grinberg, CBAP, PMP. Posted in Business Analysis, Soft Skills, 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.
I remember as a 3rd grade student winning my school’s local Spelling Bee competition and going to compete in the county wide Spelling Bee. Part of the instructions we were given was that we could ask the judges two questions when we received our word. We could ask for the word to be used in a sentence and we could ask for the definition of the word...
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This entry was published on May 28, 2013 / Russell Brewer. Posted in Business Analysis. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
Im fresh out of high school and am interested in becoming a Business Analyst one day. I'd like to have information regarding what steps I need to take to become a Business Analyst. All information: What to study? (Bcom, MBA etc), Work experienced required? (in business as something close to analysis, or specific number of years etc), Becoming a Bus...
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This entry was published on Apr 03, 2013 / Bladimor. Posted in Business Analysis. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
Just to pass some time recently, I was reading a dictionary (like you do) and I came across the following definitions of architecture: The art and science of designing and superintending the erection of buildings and similar structures A style of building or structure Buildings or structures collectively The structure or desig...
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This entry was published on Mar 10, 2013 / Richard Skidmore. Posted in Business Analysis Planning (BABOK KA), Business Process Management (BPM) , Business Process Modeling Notation (BPMN) , Business Analysis. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
  Its quite a feat of strength to pretend you don’t have any weaknesses. I don’t pretend to be that strong. Its quite a bit easier for me to look for faults, gaps, misses, short comings, imperfections and details that spell out why something is not right. Its a blessing and a curse. Looking at my deliverables in this light is second nature...
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Dear Fellow BAs,  Discover to Deliver was released by Ellen and Mary a few weeks ago. I got an opportunity to interview them and ask about what insipred them to write this book, and also discussed in-depth the various facets of the book. If you are into agile product planning and analysis, I highly encourage you get a copy of this and also l...
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This entry was published on Oct 20, 2012 / Yaaqub Mohamed (Yamo). Posted in Business Analysis. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
Given the importance of the relationship between the Project Manager and the Business Analyst on a project team, how can an organization nurture this key relationship and, in the process, ensure better team performance? Here are six basic strategies you can employ: 1.    Train and cross training PMs and BAs on methodology and r...
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This entry was published on Sep 24, 2012 / ccecere. Posted in Project Management, Business Analysis. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
Everyone knows what use cases are and their use in the software requirements process. We all know there are many ways to write them: logical, physical, to describe a manual procedure or an automated procedure. The purpose of State Diagrams is well-known to everyone in the field. They help us define the transitional lifecycle of an object moving and...
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This entry was published on Sep 13, 2012 / Dahlia Biazid. Posted in Use Cases, Systems Analysis, Business Analysis, Getting Started as a Business Systems Analyst, Technical Topics. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
Business Process Modeling (BPM) is one of the cornerstone techniques in electing requirements from our stakeholders. Business Analyst will use the model to gain an understanding of the current system and paint a picture of the solution. In the IT field, we often describe this as modeling the “As-IS” process and modeling the “To-Be” process. We deve...
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This entry was published on Mar 23, 2012 / International Institute for Learning, Inc.. Posted in Business Analysis. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
You can’t work in IT and not have watched “Office Space.” I mean, it’s a prerequisite, isn’t it? It’s like being a developer and never having heard “Code Monkey.” It’s the type of movie where you sit and nod as you laugh, recognizing it is funny because it is true. My favorite dialogue in the film is between Bob Slydell (one of the Bobs tasked w...
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This entry was published on Oct 11, 2011 / palvarez. 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.
  People expect a lot from their information systems, but it usually it comes down to one thing: the system has to do stuff. When you talk about systems, the verbs are active: the system is running, it is executing a function, the system is responding, ....   And what do you want it to do? You want it to do as much of your business p...
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This entry was published on Sep 01, 2011 / David Wright. Posted in Business Analysis. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
Let me reprise the words of Mr. Brooks ... “… the hardest single part of software development [remains] deciding precisely what to build." Fred Brooks Author of the 1986 paper "No Silver Bullet” The unspoken corollary to this is you have to be sure you don't build the wrong system. Knowing what and what not to build is a matter of definin...
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This entry was published on Aug 24, 2011 / David Wright. Posted in Business Analysis. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
Back to the nasty question - what sort of Information System shall will we build? "What sort of system do you want?" "hmmm, one that processes all our customer orders, I think. What do you think, George?" "Well Fred, I suppose so, but I know it has to be fast, and run 24/7." "OK.........(???)" We already know the problem with asking people...
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This entry was published on Aug 16, 2011 / David Wright. Posted in Business Analysis. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
Software is a uniquely new invention, different than anything else we humans have come up with in the past. ... "The software-controlled electronic information system is fundamentally different from physical labor-saving devices such as the cotton gin, the locomotive, or the telephone. Rather than extend the ability of hand motion, leg motion, ...
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This entry was published on Aug 10, 2011 / David Wright. Posted in Business Analysis, Leadership & Management. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
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