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A “What If” question for business analysts and IT professionals… What if it suddenly became very easy for someone to do both your job and their own, at the same time? If history provides any forecast for the future of IT, we are likely to see some interesting changes in the way human capital is managed – especially for those of us involved in the...
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This entry was published on Jan 21, 2010 / Derek Roos . Posted in Requirements Analysis (BABOK KA) , Leadership & Management, Agile Methods, Career as a Business Systems Analyst, Roles and Responsibilities, Tools. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
I am in charge of a relatively big training effort for a project (approximately 45 live training sessions in 10 weeks, as well as online training opportunities) to assist with the deployment of a new piece of software.  The live training alone will involve over 450 people and will be quite in depth and hands on.  Training often plays a cr...
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This entry was published on Jan 10, 2010 / Jarett Hailes. Posted in Business Analysis Planning (BABOK KA), Project Management, Business Analysis. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
I seem to find quite a few job postings for Business Analysts that have a couple of lines in the ‘tasks to perform’ description that scare me like: Define test strategy and test plan Develop and execute test cases Perform stress and load test scenarios It’s not that I don’t believe I am capable of these tasks at some l...
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This entry was published on Jan 05, 2010 / Jarett Hailes. Posted in Testing & Quality Assurance (QA), Business Analysis. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
Hello Everyone! I am new to this community blog, and I am interested in learning more about CBAP certification as it relates to my job search. In brief, I was employed with a company for 14 years before being downsized in a mass complany layoff last year.  Before the layoff, my title over my last 5 years was a Business Systems Analyst.&...
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This entry was published on Dec 15, 2009 / Jason N. Posted in Business Analysis Planning (BABOK KA), Business Analysis, Career as a Business Systems Analyst. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
 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 / . 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.
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