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On a recent Agile training course, the instructor opened the session by saying “Agile without a plan is just chaos!” I would like to propose that Agile without effective Architecture will eventually lead to chaos, particularly if organisations try to scale their Agile practices without some form of guiding framework. The fundamental r...
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Business analysts typically gather and interpret data from many areas within an organization, finding solutions to business problems and improving business processes with all that data. A business analyst may measure and improve on such disparate things as warehouse efficiency and cloud software implementation. A marketing analyst, on the other...
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This entry was published on Jan 07, 2018 / Limor Wainstein. Posted in Business Analysis Planning (BABOK KA). Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
My current, favourite question for Executives and Architects is “How do you see Architecture operating in an Agile environment.” This question usually elicits a wry smile and a response along the lines of “I will need to get back to you on that!” Many people are wondering how Architecture will fair in the world of Agile. My ...
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This entry was published on Jan 04, 2018 / EA Learning. Posted in Leadership & Management. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
The age of cloud computing is now so firmly established that research firm Gartner predicted by 2020, a corporate "no-cloud" policy will be as rare as a "no-internet" policy is today. In the same press release, Gartner went on to predict that spending on compute power sold by cloud providers will exceed that of compute power sol...
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This entry was published on Dec 25, 2017 / Limor Wainstein. Posted in Business Analysis. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
The title of this article poses a pertinent question for modern enterprises that increasingly make use of powerful high-end analytic data engines, such as Hadoop clusters and cloud-based data warehouses (see this article by Forbes, which deals with similar questions). The challenge for enterprises that use analytic engines is one of data movement...
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This entry was published on Nov 29, 2017 / Limor Wainstein. Posted in Technical Topics. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
I recently walked into a large shopping centre on a mission to buy a christening present for a friends son. I was very clear on what I wanted I just needed to find it… I was on my lunch break so I need to get the job done as I had a meeting that I needed to attend back in the office straight after lunch! I am not a frequent shopper and to b...
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This entry was published on Oct 31, 2017 / EA Learning. Posted in Business Process Management (BPM) . Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
Have you woken up in the middle of night thinking how am I going to steer my team, give them the direction that they need but at the same time not constraint in what they want to build/deliver. I recently went through one of these night- I have joined an interesting project where we have very tight timescale to deliver a tech product to operational...
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This entry was published on Oct 26, 2017 / Rohela Raouf. Posted in Enterprise Analysis (BABOK KA). Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
If you are building a reusable Security Product tool to specifically address Security Technical Implementation Guide (STIG)  Findings, should the requirements be considered Non Functional Requirements or Functional Requirements? For example if there are a number of STIGs such as: The minimum password length shall be 15 characters Th...
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This entry was published on Aug 22, 2017 / Peter. Posted in Functional Specifications, Business Analysis. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
It’s 4:30 pm on Friday and Mr. Manager comes along to tell you that he needs you to run some important ad-hoc analysis for him. Previously this meant having to stay late at the office, writing cumbersome queries to extract business information from transactional data. Lucky for you, you’ve recently started using Temporal Tables in SQL...
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This entry was published on Jul 11, 2017 / Bert Wagner. Posted in Data Analysis & Modeling. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
Current State For many years now, the most commonly used metaphor on Business Analysis has been the “Bridge”. However, in recent past, some in the BA community have started revisiting the metaphor resulting in a debate on how relevant it is. Of course, the value business analysis can provide for an organization does not depend on how i...
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This entry was published on Jun 25, 2017 / Ronak Sanghavi. Posted in Business Analysis, Roles and Responsibilities. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
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As we start a new year many of us will take the time to reflect on our accomplishments from 2012 and plan our goals for 2013. We can set small or large goals. goals that will be accomplished quickly or could take several years. For 2013, I think Business Analysts should look to go beyond our traditional boundaries and set audacious goals. Merriam-...
Recently, I was asked by the IIBA to present a talk at one of their chapter meetings. I am reprinting here my response to that invitation in the hope that it will begin a conversation with fellow EEPs and BAs about an area of great concern to the profession. Hi xx …. Regarding the IIBA talk, there is another issue that I am considering. It's p...
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