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I seem to find quite a few job postings for Business Analysts that have a couple of lines in the ‘tasks to perform’ description that scare me like: Define test strategy and test plan Develop and execute test cases Perform stress and load test scenarios It’s not that I don’t believe I am capable of these tasks at some l...
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This entry was published on Jan 05, 2010 / Jarett Hailes. Posted in Testing & Quality Assurance (QA), Business Analysis. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
Hello Everyone! I am new to this community blog, and I am interested in learning more about CBAP certification as it relates to my job search. In brief, I was employed with a company for 14 years before being downsized in a mass complany layoff last year.  Before the layoff, my title over my last 5 years was a Business Systems Analyst.&...
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This entry was published on Dec 15, 2009 / Jason N. Posted in Business Analysis Planning (BABOK KA), Business Analysis, Career as a Business Systems Analyst. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
The tips below are things I've learned the hard way and I think they're going to help you, especially if you're new in the BA field. You don't have to take things too seriously, don't be too harsh on yourself and others. There will always be people who criticize you but also those who understand you. Learning how to talk to users, how to manage ...
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This entry was published on Sep 27, 2009 / georgiamotoc. Posted in Business Analysis, Soft Skills. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
  This model is provided by Don Firesmith of SEI.  Note the lack of an NFR category. More
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This entry was published on Sep 24, 2009 / Craig Brown. Posted in Requirements Analysis (BABOK KA) , Functional Specifications, Systems Analysis, Business Analysis, Structured Systems Analysis (DFDs, ERDs, etc.). Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
Internal Business Analysis and Consulting teams are increasingly recognised as playing a vital role in delivering successful projects.  More and more they are contributing to complex and strategic projects and performance expectations from executives are getting higher. Are you interested in improving Business Analysis and Internal Consul...
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Following the lead of another forum, where the question was asked about the use of UML by Business Analysts, I would like to ask the same question when we come to Agile Analysis. The answer is NOT simple and like all professional questions needs analysis. This means, I shall post a series of these blog pages, expanding one point at a time. I will ...
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This entry was published on Feb 26, 2009 / Gil. Posted in Unified Modeling Language (UML), Systems Analysis, Business Analysis, Agile Methods. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
In recent years I have done three things which have really ‘ramped up’ my performance at work.    In my readings online, in books and journals I have learned that there is serious researchedevidence that these three things are possible some of the best ways to improve your skills and ability at work (particularly in a thinking job like ...
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This entry was published on Jan 30, 2009 / Craig Brown. Posted in Project Management, Business Analysis, Soft Skills, Leadership & Management, Getting Started as a Business Systems Analyst. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
Part of my job as a Business Analyst, it is my responsibility to facilitate business process analysis meetings with a group of very knowledgeable folks. As I stood in front of my audience, I couldn't stop thinking: "What if I don't understand what is going on here? What if I can't comprehend the issues at hand? What if i steer this group to an outc...
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This entry was published on Jan 26, 2009 / Linda Erzah, CBAP. Posted in Business Analysis. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
With more than 150 million active users, Facebook has become one of the most visited and most used website out there. It started out as another lame social network that students could join and waste their time by checking up on their friends. Today, everyone is on it. And by everyone, I mean even my parents are on it. Can you imagine? Age doesn’t d...
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This entry was published on Jan 26, 2009 / Linda Erzah, CBAP. Posted in Business Analysis. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
I work for a rather large insurance company. We aren't the largest, but we are big enough to have our own SDLC (System Development Lifecycle) that comes packed with paper work, protocol and bureaucracy. Do not misunderstand me - these processes ensure the projects that are active are delivering on time and within budget. My last two efforts 20,000+...
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This entry was published on Jan 11, 2009 / Chase Petsche. Posted in Business Analysis, SDLC, Process, and Methodologies, Agile Methods. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
There are many tools and techniques available to the business analyst for a variety of tasks.  One of my favorite one is the short table-style template for documenting a "Problem/Opportunity Statement" as follows: The problem of <specify in one sentence the problem or opportunity bei...
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This entry was published on Jan 08, 2009 / Adrian M.. Posted in Enterprise Analysis (BABOK KA), Business Analysis. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
E R Diagram View SlideShare presentation or Upload your own. (tags: er diagram)
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This entry was published on Aug 29, 2008 / Craig Brown. Posted in Data Analysis & Modeling, Systems Analysis, Business Analysis, Domain Modeling. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
Thirteen is all you need, at least in this point in time. I may add to them as time goes by, but I would also like to hear from readers if they have any suggestions or thoughts or their very own principles for IT Projects success. Pleae offer them and maybe we can get them into the second edition of the book...which you all remember is available at...
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This entry was published on Jun 17, 2008 / David Wright. Posted in Systems Analysis, Business Analysis. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
The BA Handbook is a wiki designed for Business Analysts.  It's aim is to create a knowledge base that analysts can use to share their knowledge and learn about new and useful things. So far the content is limited.  It needs more information and more people to contrinute to it. Maybe you can help.  If so, click on the link below an...
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This entry was published on Jan 15, 2008 / Craig Brown. Posted in Business Analysis. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
The 5th edition of the Carnival of Business Analysts has been published at Better Projects. This edition is focused on Requirements Analysis.   This is a series of blog posts that collect other blog posts on topics themed around the BABOK knowledge areas. Edition 5 is on Requirements Analysis.   Previous editions include Loo...
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This entry was published on Dec 16, 2007 / Craig Brown. Posted in Requirements Analysis (BABOK KA) , Systems Analysis, Business Analysis. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
I've come to understand the necessity for stakeholder involvement throughout the Requirements Gathering process. But what if it's another BA who is the stakeholder company's point of contact whom you'll be gathering requirements from instead of the stake holder themselves? Is there an advantage? How do we leverage the strength of our Requirements&#...
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This entry was published on Dec 02, 2007 / Chris. Posted in Elicitation (BABOK KA), Business Analysis. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
Do Business Analysts belong on Agile Projects?  Some say yes, but isn't a better model for Agile developers to learn BA skills? Don’t be fooled. Agile projects threaten the role of business analysts on IT projects. An important thing to consider for Agile projects is that users need to be senior enough to be able to look beyond local ag...
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This entry was published on Nov 28, 2007 / Craig Brown. Posted in Business Analysis, Agile Methods. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
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