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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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