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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.
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.
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