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Nowhere is the need to implement and manage change more acute than within government agencies, nonprofits, and commercial businesses. Changing regulations, changing customer needs, new direction set by changing leadership, and the necessity to launch bigger, better, different products more and more quickly mean changes are inevitable. These sit...
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This entry was published on Sep 30, 2015 / ccecere. Posted in Business Rules. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
Most important part of any system analysis is to understand the existing system . In order to understand the existing system usually reading the existing documentation of the system helps , but if a chance permits before getting requirements from the business stakeholder or product owner ( in case of agile) . Identifying the current business proces...
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This entry was published on Sep 11, 2015 / arun charles. Posted in Business Process Management (BPM) . Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
Internships can provide some great learning opportunities. I was lucky enough to learn one of the best lessons on the first day of the very first internship of mine. My mentor at the time asked that, for the first 4 weeks, I invest time in every aspect of his business to learn how everything functions. I thought he was insane yet it was one of the ...
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This entry was published on Mar 20, 2015 / Fareed R. Posted in Activity Diagram, Business Rules, Project Management, Business Analysis, Leadership & Management, Roles and Responsibilities. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
In the larger context of life, it is very clear that negotiation skills are very important and that those that have them are better off than those who don’t.  What about in business analysis? Are negotiation skills important?  The answer is an emphatic: YES! You bet they are!  Business analysts negotiate or facilitate ...
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This entry was published on Feb 10, 2015 / Adrian M.. Posted in Soft Skills, Leadership & Management. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
Business Systems Analyst as a Career Option If you are an IT professional in India, thinking of working abroad, you might want to consider a business/systems analyst position. Why? It’s a position in high demand with high earning potential and which can serve as a great foundation for moving up the corporate ladder into management or busin...
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This entry was published on Jan 28, 2015 / Adrian M.. Posted in Analytical and Problem Solving Skills, Soft Skills, Career as a Business Systems Analyst. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
I recently had the chance to spend half a day with some customer service representatives (CSR) in one of my organization's call centers, in order to get a better grip on their work and to see how they interact with the multiple systems available to them to better serve our customers. I didn't answer any customer call (God bless them!), but I sat n...
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This entry was published on Jan 16, 2015 / Eric Provost. Posted in Elicitation (BABOK KA). Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
If you are managing a team of business analysts or systems analyst you probably have two main goals in mind:  - to make sure your team understand the requirements (the real ones)  - to make sure that you develop a solution which makes sense in the context of your constraints.  The chances are that one of your biggest constraints...
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This entry was published on Jan 14, 2015 / Adrian M.. Posted in Systems Analysis, Leadership & Management, Agile Methods. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
A while back, I was reading a Computerworld - Singapore article on Business Intelligence and embedded in it was a small, but significant, truth about the business analyst role.  The article points out that a common mistake made by many organizations is to treat the business analyst as a request taker. That is - if the bu...
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This entry was published on Jan 07, 2015 / Adrian M.. Posted in Business Analysis Planning (BABOK KA), Elicitation (BABOK KA). Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
I was lucky enough for awhile to do very technical systems analyst work.  Now I am only given what I suppose are traditional BA assignments.  I find the work boring, tedious, uninspiring, and most of all I feel unappreciated and undervalued.  I feel like a glorified secretary - I take notes and write up requirements or meeting minute...
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This entry was published on Jan 06, 2015 / DMLeVoir. Posted in Roles and Responsibilities. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
While the Business Systems Analysis line of work is just beginning to be recognized as a profession of its own, the shortage of business analysts and systems analysts continues to get worse.  And the shortage is global!  Would you believe that India is having a shortage of qualified IT professionals? Well, you better believe it!&nbs...
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This entry was published on Dec 17, 2014 / Adrian M.. Posted in Leadership & Management, Career as a Business Systems Analyst. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
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