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How many times have you experienced a disagreement between colleagues, only find out later in the project that they were both correct. Chances are that they were using the same word, but both had different ideas of its meaning. [1] I can derive hours of entertainment by playing word games with my friends, by picking a word they are using and purpo...
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This entry was published on Feb 13, 2010 / Leslie. Posted in Requirements Management and Communication (BABOK KA). Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
How often do you see the same piece of information documented in 2 places? I am used to seeing requirements information copied into design documents; whole sets of requirements being copied into a test repository and diagrams copied from one document to another. Unless you employ a strict change management control system that includes a traceabilit...
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This entry was published on Feb 12, 2010 / Leslie. Posted in Requirements Management and Communication (BABOK KA). Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
This following blogs contain rants and recommendations for good practices, useful not only for when delivering software, but that can also be used any time organization is required. The most common improvements that can be leveraged on any (some on every) development process it has been my experience to be involved with, are the following: ...
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This entry was published on Feb 12, 2010 / Leslie. Posted in Requirements Management and Communication (BABOK KA), Business Analysis. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
Requirements I have been working with requirements for more than 20 years. To be honest, it was several years before I understood the true purpose of requirements. The enlightenment came about when I was tasked with documenting a presentation to my colleagues that described the characteristics of a ‘good’ requirement. The characteristics that the ...
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This entry was published on Feb 12, 2010 / Leslie. Posted in Requirements Management and Communication (BABOK KA). Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
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.
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