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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.
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