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Let’s look briefly at what each principle means or implies; which will serve as introductions to subsequent posts that will cover the principles in more detail. #1. There is always more work to be done than people to do it. Bordering on glibness, this principle summarizes the reality of virtually all organizations and activities, not just Informa...
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This entry was published on May 15, 2008 / David Wright. Posted in Systems Analysis. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
Like you, I have read my fair share of IT books and blogs, and each author has to decide how to best present what they are trying to communicate. One way is to describe the problems/opportunities of interest to the reader, then document the new approach or method that solves the problems, etc.; the reverse is to document the new approach/method fir...
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This entry was published on May 14, 2008 / David Wright. Posted in Systems Analysis. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
The premise of these blog entries is that the situation described in the previous post can change, but it is usually slow-going; or worse, there can be an immediate channge when your department is outsourced; it happens. In the meantime, what can be done to be “successful” in your average IT department in your average company? What has to be do...
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This entry was published on May 09, 2008 / David Wright. Posted in Systems Analysis. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
Day 1: I have recently made a major career change, moving from what I would now call a client company to a consulting company. It's an exciting change, but I don't expect to write about my new experiences at this time. However, I had also been spending some time writing an extended piece about my experiences over the years working ...
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This entry was published on May 08, 2008 / David Wright. Posted in Systems Analysis. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
This blog has been started because, like anyone who writes a bit for a living, I thought I had a book to write...so I did. This blog also hi-lights the arrival of lulu.com, a website that will publish your book with the 'tarnish' of a vanity presss. So, check both out at http://www.lulu.com/content/2088656 . The book is "Cascade - Better practice...
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This entry was published on May 07, 2008 / David Wright. Posted in Systems Analysis, Career as a Business Systems Analyst. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
Believe it or not I have been asked the question below in an interview for a SR BA position BA Job Interview Questions in the real world What program languages do you know? Have you ever configured an SQL Server? How fast can you get requirements? We need the BA to review code and then document it can you do that? If...
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This entry was published on Apr 03, 2008 / . Posted in Interviewing & Hiring Business Systems Analysts. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
There are several studies out there that identify why projects go wrong and what you have to have in place to make sure they have a chance. Naturally the readers of Modern Analyst (and BetterProjects.net) are aware of the importance of good requirements management, a theme which permeates the list below, culled from a range of PM literature[1]....
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This entry was published on Mar 25, 2008 / Craig Brown. Posted in Project Management, Soft Skills, Leadership & Management. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
A new survey highlights the importance of proper requirements management   “More than half "did not have professional, trained staff dedicated to the function of getting requirements, and the vast majority view the process of getting requirements to be inefficient," the report states. Read the original article here. Key points I got fro...
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This entry was published on Feb 13, 2008 / Craig Brown. Posted in Career as a Business Systems Analyst. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
“A recently launched website aims to define a simple lightweight project delivery framework designed to combat the phenomena of PINO (Prince2 in Name Only). The new site is the brainchild of Dr. Peter Merrick and it is a synthesis of Prince2, RUP and waterfall. The main points of this new framework is it explicitly recognises the needs of all manag...
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This entry was published on Jan 20, 2008 / Craig Brown. Posted in SDLC, Process, and Methodologies. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
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This entry was published on Jan 19, 2008 / Craig Brown. Posted in IIBA & BABOK. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
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