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 In my time at programming I created or used any number of routines over and over again that did a specific job, from just a small function like adding a number of days to a date to writing out an error report or selecting data from an SQL database. Now I'm a business analyst and there are many process modelling applications out there that f...
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This entry was published on Nov 04, 2009 / Peter. Posted in Business Process Modeling Notation (BPMN) . 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.
Hello BA's I´m a recent CBAP and first's in Portugal. I think the market of business don't know importance of the certification and i'm waiting to see the development of the CBAP here.
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This entry was published on Aug 11, 2009 / Jorge costa. Posted in CBAP. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
We have been struggling with what to include in a Business Requirements Document concerning reports. Because our BRD is more or less a contract between the client and our IT department, the greater the detail in this document the longer the time to obtain signoff. There are always modifications that are deemed necessary before signoff can happen. O...
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This entry was published on Aug 04, 2009 / stobin. Posted in Requirements Analysis (BABOK KA) . Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
Ravenflow and ASPE-SDLC have developed a specific, focused salary survey for the BA community. We shed light on the continued growth in need and value of business analysts and how they directly impact wages and opportunities. Thousands of our BA customers participated in the survey, and after third-party statistical analysis we present the results ...
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This entry was published on Aug 03, 2009 / ASPE. Posted in Career as a Business Systems Analyst. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
I have just completed the CBAP and would like to share some of my thoughts about the process involved and the exam as I experienced it. I am based in Ireland and sat the final exam by CBT with Castle Worldwide.   Exam Preparation In my case I had to study alone for the examination. I would have liked if there was a study group locally but ...
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This entry was published on Jul 30, 2009 / KIERANC. Posted in CBAP. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
This video offers a great way to manage your task list. Check it out and consider how it can help you stay on top of your work.
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This entry was published on Jul 20, 2009 / Craig Brown. Posted in Business Analysis Planning (BABOK KA), Project Management, Soft Skills. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
When it establishes that there is no case for the proposed initiative. When it fails to identify and present the benefits of the propsal sufficiently well to win support. Both of these situations have the same result only the second one is a lost opportunity for the business. You can talk to five different people who ...
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This entry was published on Jul 14, 2009 / Ed Taaffe. Posted in Project Management, Soft Skills, Estimation. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
Today I want to know more about recruiting a junior business analyst. My interview is with BA recruiter Guy Beauchamp who himself is a BA and former BA recruiter. Podcast: How to Become a BA and Getting Interviewed for the Role Please introduce yourself, your previous work experience and what you are doing now? I've been cruising various forums ...
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This entry was published on Jul 09, 2009 / Michiel Erasmus. Posted in Interviewing & Hiring Business Systems Analysts. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
I know. You recently read Adrian’s latest post and said: “Yes! that’s exactly what I’m looking for! I want an employer to hire me, mentor me as a new business analyst, and then let me blossom in this career.” I wholeheartedly agree with Adrian—as business analysts we need to be mentors for other potential business analysts. I was lucky enough to be...
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This entry was published on Jun 12, 2009 / Laura Brandenburg. Posted in Career as a Business Systems Analyst, Getting Started as a Business Systems Analyst. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
Pursuing your International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA®) Certified Business Analysis Professional (CBAP®) certification? The adage “It’s not the destination, it’s the journey” certainly applies to this challenging professional effort. Earning the CBAP® certification is the accumulation of your professional development and knowledge; cro...
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This entry was published on Jun 01, 2009 / Diane Johnson. Posted in CBAP. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
Agile for the rest of us
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This entry was published on Mar 30, 2009 / Craig Brown. Posted in Agile Methods. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
Kevin has shared the beginnings of the IIBA's BABOK 2.0 chapter on Enterprise Architecture with us all on his website. We'll be digesting it in the next few days. In the meantime there is an online launch of the new BABOK and you are invited.  It's tomorrow so check out the details now.
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This entry was published on Mar 30, 2009 / Craig Brown. Posted in Enterprise Analysis (BABOK KA), IIBA & BABOK. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
I have been  pondering recently on the importance of adaptability for a business analyst. Definition of adaptability It seems to me that adaptability is a key skill of a business analyst because no two projects are alike. It’s not possible to apply a template approach to every project situation with which you are confronted. Howev...
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This entry was published on Mar 17, 2009 / Alex P. Posted in Soft Skills. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
My view is that you are making a serious compromise to the potential benfits of swapping across to agile methods if you hang on to a traditional pm process like PRINCE2, but others have different views. Here is one from New Zealand (I think.)
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This entry was published on Mar 13, 2009 / Craig Brown. Posted in Project Management, Agile Methods. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
Who owns a project?   “You pay for it, it’s yours.” I am sure I am quoting (or misquoting) someone here, but you get the idea. For an IT project of any size or worth, someone senior enough to be an effective sponsor is usually desired, along with the budget to ‘pay’ for it. I put ‘pay’ in quotes because all the dollars spent on a projec...
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This entry was published on Mar 12, 2009 / David Wright. Posted in Project Management, Leadership & Management. 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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Test driven development is not actually a test methodology.  It's a design philosophy that says "start with the end in mind"  (Thank you Mr Covey.) Here is a slideshow introducing some of the concepts and ideas within the agile method called Test Driven Development. Test Driven Development Tutorial:
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This entry was published on Mar 07, 2009 / Craig Brown. Posted in Testing & Quality Assurance (QA), Agile Methods. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
John Zachman provided an extremely entertaining introduction to the Zachman framework followed by an update on forthcoming IIBA activities from Martyn Wilson, chairman of the IIBA. John Zachman Many of you will have heard of John Zachman as his framework has been around for thirty five years or so. It is used for that much discussed, little under...
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This entry was published on Mar 05, 2009 / Alex P. Posted in Enterprise Analysis (BABOK KA), IIBA & BABOK. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
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