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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.
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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.
This is the text of a presentation my boss had attended at a Telelogic conference and which, she later shared with the BA team at work. It lists specific words that when used in requirements, compromise the quality of the very requirements. I'll let the article describe further. Looking forward to some feedback...Les, thanks for your wisdom. SEVEN...
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This entry was published on Oct 16, 2008 / . Posted in . 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.
I am now lucky enough to be working at a consulting company with a great group of experienced people, and we do share some great "war stories", and it made me think that I do have my share of experiences that, if written down, some small number of people may find interesting.  Seems to me a blog is great for that. I would call this memories r...
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This entry was published on Jun 19, 2008 / David Wright. Posted in Career as a Business Systems Analyst. 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.
13. Given many medium to small software Deliverables, use Architecture to manage and integrate the Deliverables into a complete system. This is a more specific statement of Principle #3; in Cascade, an Information System Architecture is used to integrate the two week deliverables, until a complete deliverable (component, sub-system) is assemble...
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This entry was published on Jun 13, 2008 / David Wright. Posted in Systems Analysis. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
12. Within the three month phase, parcel work into two-week periods; analyze for 2 weeks, then design and develop for 2 weeks (two developers), and then test for 2 weeks. When the first 2 weeks of analysis is done, start the next two weeks of analysis in parallel to the design/development; carry on in cascading 2 week periods until the entire proje...
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This entry was published on Jun 09, 2008 / David Wright. Posted in Systems Analysis. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
#11.   Partition large projects into 3 month phases, that is the longest period you can plan for without the chance of significant change to priorities, resourcing, etc. I was lucky to learn this early in the 90's as Project Management was getting a higher profile, accompanied by the increased use of Microsoft Project. Other PM tools wer...
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This entry was published on Jun 05, 2008 / David Wright. Posted in Systems Analysis. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
#10. Models are better than text. I would like to think that by this point in time, this principle no longer requires justification. It has been at least a few years since I last saw a dense “SRD” or “SDD” document (SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS DOCUMENT, SYSTEM DESIGN DOCUMENT).  I must offer my respect to the many talented people who labored to produ...
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This entry was published on Jun 02, 2008 / David Wright. Posted in Systems Analysis. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
#9. Leave a record of what you have done, so the project will not miss you if you leave. If change is the only constant, then resources on a project will change. The risk in such change is that a person’s contribution to a project will be lost, and that the new person assigned to the project will have to start over. This is a particular risk in...
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This entry was published on May 29, 2008 / David Wright. Posted in Systems Analysis. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
#8 -->   It’s the Deliverable (that matters), not the Task. The final deliverable is the Information System ready to be used effectively by the Business. If you can jump from ‘Start’ to this final deliverable in one “Task”, then power to you. Some people can do this; most cannot. This is again where a team of specialists is most effec...
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This entry was published on May 28, 2008 / David Wright. Posted in Systems Analysis. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
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