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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.
Here is the co-author/assembler of the scrum process describing it at Google.  It's a more in-depth description of the process. Check back with the last agile post's questions and think about whether this presentation has given you a deeper understanding.
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This entry was published on Mar 04, 2009 / Craig Brown. Posted in Agile Methods. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
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.
This 5 minute video explains the basics of the scrum process. Scrum is one of, if not THE most, popular agile method. This process raises a few questions: As a BA are you more suited to the role of scrum master, product owner or team member? How do you change the way you manage requirements when you are targetting small increm...
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This entry was published on Feb 26, 2009 / Craig Brown. Posted in Agile Methods. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
Guys and gals Observing the forum here and industry discussions there appears to be some radical changes going on that are being ignored by the BA community. It appears to me that the BA community is largely ignoring this Agile revolution. Is this true?  Are you ignoring it and focusing on getting your job done, and maybe even doing it bett...
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This entry was published on Feb 21, 2009 / Craig Brown. Posted in 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.
So you are interested in becoming a business analyst or maybe you’ve just always thought it would be fun to get more involved in technology projects.  If you are on the business side, but are thinking of a technology role, here are some signs you should give business analysis more than a fleeting glance: 1) You find yourself in meetings and l...
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This entry was published on Jan 18, 2009 / Laura Brandenburg. Posted in Career as a Business Systems Analyst. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
Jurgen Appelo runs a blog at Noop.nl.  He posted a summary on some project methods.  I migrated them into a ppt for slideshare. I hope this is intereting for you. Software Project Methods
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This entry was published on Jan 18, 2009 / Craig Brown. Posted in SDLC, Process, and Methodologies, Agile Methods, Rational Unified Process (RUP), Career as a Business Systems Analyst. 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.
Enterprise Analysis IIBA Webinar
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This entry was published on Jan 09, 2009 / Craig Brown. Posted in Enterprise Analysis (BABOK KA). Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
Requirement Writing for Product Management
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This entry was published on Jan 09, 2009 / Craig Brown. Posted in Requirements Analysis (BABOK KA) . Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
The Best Jobs in America
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This entry was published on Jan 09, 2009 / Craig Brown. Posted in Career as a Business Systems Analyst. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
User stories have a place in modern requirements management.  They may not be going to replace use cases but you shoulod know how to write them well. Invest In Good User Stories View SlideShare presentation or Upload your own. (tags: agile scrum)
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This entry was published on Jan 09, 2009 / Craig Brown. Posted in Requirements Management and Communication (BABOK KA), Functional Specifications, Systems Analysis, Agile Methods. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
JobsRated.com released the results of a study they did of 200 jobs and how they rank based on a number of factors such as: Environment Income Outlook Physical Demands Stress Systems Analysts was in the top 10 which looks like this: Mathematician Actuary Statistician Biologist Softwa...
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This entry was published on Jan 08, 2009 / Adrian M.. Posted in Career as a Business Systems Analyst. 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.
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