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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.
Information Systems Users don't know what they want... So, don't ask them what they want: and definitely don't write some software and then say "how's this look?". On the other hand, don't have someone spend weeks talking to various people about what they want ( and not get to talk to other people ), write it all down and deliver a document, sayin...
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This entry was published on Aug 06, 2011 / David Wright. Posted in Elicitation (BABOK KA), Business Analysis. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
Are we looking at it all wrong? Do you ever get the feeling that you are seeing something very different than the other guy? I don’t just mean the glass half full/empty outlook on life, but fundamentally are we looking at things the wrong way? I sometimes get that feeling when dealing with projects that involve processes, and all my projects are...
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This entry was published on Jul 27, 2011 / Mike Cunningham. Posted in Project Management, Business Analysis, Leadership & Management, Getting Started as a Business Systems Analyst, Technical Topics. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
BA: “They didn’t pitch for my workshop. Again.” Mentor: “You must be mortified.” BA: “Seriously, they come up with these lame excuses: they don’t understand that computer stuff, they’re too busy, they think it’s a waste of time. One even told me to get it done and let him have a look when I’m finished. How the hell must I fathom the requirements ...
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This entry was published on Jul 12, 2011 / Robin Grace . Posted in Business Analysis, Soft Skills. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
If you work in new product development or have participated in maintenance projects, then most likely you have used either the focus group or the brainstorming technique. The brainstorming technique is used to produce ideas and increase creativity. For example, after you’ve defined your problem and are looking for the different solution options, yo...
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This entry was published on Jun 22, 2011 / Linda Erzah, CBAP. Posted in Business Analysis, CBAP, Tools. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
Requirements gathering is an essential part of any project and project management. Understanding fully what a project will deliver is critical to its success. This may sound like common sense, but surprisingly it's an area that is often given far too little attention. Many projects start with the barest headline list of requirements, only to find ...
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This entry was published on Jun 08, 2011 / a.prvz. Posted in Elicitation (BABOK KA), Requirements Analysis (BABOK KA) , Business Analysis. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
This presentation deck describes the fundamentals of Kano Analysis and how it can be used to prioritize requirements. Kano Analysis and Software Requrements View more presentations from Craig Brown
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This entry was published on May 30, 2011 / Craig Brown. Posted in Requirements Analysis (BABOK KA) , Business Analysis, Agile Methods. 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.
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.
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.
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.
One of the more controversial techniques fostered by some in the agile community is ‘Pair Programming’. It is a practice that originates from Extreme Programming, a specific Agile process pioneered by Kent Beck. It is controversial, particularly for larger corporates because it seeks to adjust human behaviour patterns. In Pair Programming, develop...
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This entry was published on Nov 03, 2010 / FergalMcGovern. Posted in Project Management, Business Analysis, Leadership & Management, Agile Methods, Roles and Responsibilities, Tools. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
I know you are going to call me crazy, but I just have to let everyone know.  Machines are controlling us.  Don’t say I didn’t warn you.  You don’t believe me?  Okay, I’ll explain. People come and go in organizations.  Systems tend to stay much longer.  Simple enough right?  Here is the kicker.  When that sy...
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At Mendix, we find that our customers appoint a particular kind of person to work with our products. Sometimes they’re from IT, sometimes they’re a business analyst or project manager – in any case, they practice the skills of both fields. Times are changing, departmental lines are blurring, and a new breed of business superhero has risen: the BE. ...
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This entry was published on Oct 05, 2010 / Mendix.com. Posted in Requirements Management and Communication (BABOK KA), Business Analysis, Soft Skills, Career as a Business Systems Analyst. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
We look for the best and brightest when hiring for Requirements Analysts and Product Managers. It’s a long and difficult process with many people applying; only a fraction get through the first interview and even less are able to hang in the process as it continues. This has brought great strain to our company: as we expand we simply aren’t able to...
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A lot of our clients bring us in to fix their requirements issues. Based on the literature a lot of what you see about requirements is geared towards making sure that you write a requirement in the correct way – measurable, testable, traceable and atomic.  Our experience with many Fortune 500 companies leads to a different issue being the most...
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This entry was published on Sep 22, 2010 / Seilevel. Posted in Requirements Analysis (BABOK KA) , Business Analysis, Leadership & Management. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
  Telecommunications companies are looking to cloud computing to clean up inefficient processes throughout the sales channel. The products and services in this industry change so often that these companies have become more competitive than ever, with continuously shrinking margins. Flexible front end solutions bring agility to the sales proce...
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This entry was published on Sep 20, 2010 / Mendix.com. Posted in Business Analysis, SDLC, Process, and Methodologies, Agile Methods. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
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