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Oct 13, 2019
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Estimation is a chronically thorny issue for software practitioners. Most people need to prepare estimates for the work they do, but in our industry we don’t do a great job of estimation. In this article I offer six safety tips to keep in mind as you prepare estimates for your project and for ...
Estimation is a chronically thorny issue for software practitioners. Most people need to prepare estimates for the work they do, but in our industry we don’t do a great job o...
The ethics behind accessibility is possibly not something you have considered before. I think many would categorise an accessibility tool as something that; ‘makes life easie...
The previous article in this series discussed ensuring that high-level requirements (HLRs), within the context of an IT-based project, were properly high level. The remainder of ar...

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If you are an IT professional in India, thinking of working abroad, you might want to consider a business/systems analyst position. Why? It’s a position in high demand with high earning potential and which can serve as a great foundation for moving up the corporate ladder into management or business operations. In Money Magazine’s Be...
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So you have gotten your Cisco® or Microsoft® technical certifications to prove that you have mastered the technology; you've earned your Project Management Professional® to prove that you can plan and execute work effectively; what's next? For many of us it will be the Certified Business Analyst Professional (CBAP). This credential will...
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Every project has requirements. It doesn't matter if it's building hardware solutions, developing software solutions, installing networks, protecting data, or training users. For the project to be a success, knowing what the requirements are is an absolute must. Requirements exist for virtually any components of a project or task. For example, a p...
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 Software managers sometimes assume that every skilled programmer is also proficient at interviewing customers and writing requirements specifications, without any training, resources or coaching. This isn't a reasonable assumption. Like testing, estimation and project management, requirements engineering has its own skill set and body of know...
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 Most books and articles on software requirements are written as though you’re gathering requirements for a brand-new product—what’s sometimes called a green-field project. In reality, few people have that opportunity on every project. Many developers work on maintenance projects. In such a project you’re usually adding...
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In the July 07 newsletter of the International Legal Technology Association (ITLA) there is an article explaining the difference between the PM and BA role. It appears the ITLA is interested in improving clarity on the value of the BA.In recent years, there has been increasing recognition of the important roles business analysts (BA...
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The software industry is exhibiting an increasing interest in requirements engineering — that is, understanding what you intend to build before you’re done building it. Despite the hype of "Internet time," companies across many business domains realize that time spent understanding the business problem is an excellent investme...
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Today the term Business Analyst is synonymous with a career in the IT industry but the most successful and valuable analysts are those who understand the 'business' rather than those who understand IT. So what exactly is a Business Analyst? What is the Business Analyst’s role? What is the best background for this job? What skill set is required? What type of person is the best fit? What training is required and available?

Each organisation seems to have its own ideas about the role, skills, responsibilities and expectations of the Business Analyst. Given the importance of the job, a common definition would assist both practitioners and employers. We explore some of the issues here.

Written by Derrick Brown, IRM's Director and instructional designer, it shares first hand observations and experience gained from training thousands of Business Analysts since 1980, first in the UK and since 1984 in Australia.

Author: Derrick Brown

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In the discipline of business analysis, the "hard skill" is writing (or modeling) and documenting the system or software requirements so that they are recorded, communicated and approved. Often, however, this important skill is also the one that is understood the least. Various formats or deliverables are used to document system and software requ...
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This paper is intended to provide a high-level overview and introduction to the Business Process Modeling Notation (BPMN). The context and general uses for BPMN will be provided as a supplement to the technical details defined the BPMN 1.0 Specification, which has been recently completed and released to the public. The basics of the BPMN notation w...
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Effective communication among application development project stakeholders is often challenging, especially when the team is geographically distributed or time constrained. IBM® Rational® software helps organizations automate, integrate, and govern the core business process of software and systems delivery via the IBM Rational Software Delivery Pla...
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People come to the job of Business Analyst in many different ways. Some people graduate from college and immediately start to work as a junior Analyst for a major corporation. Often a Business Analyst has some years of work experience in some related field before starting to work as an analyst.

You may choose to work for a company in the role of Business Analyst, or you may be a consultant and some of what you do is work as a Business Analyst.

Once you are working as a Business Analyst, what can you expect in terms of career growth?

Author: Geri Schneider Winters

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Not all requirements are created equal, so to make smart choices about which product requirements you should explore and implement—or whether you should delve into them at all—you need to prioritize them. Many teams do not prioritize properly and waste time specifying requirements that are never delivered. Why spend time and energy on r...
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The Cornerstone of Business Transformation. The fiercely competitive twenty-first century business environment poses challenges at every turn. Both public and for-profit organizations must be flexible and adaptable to remain competitive. It is through successful projects that organizations manage change, deliver new business solutions, and ultimat...
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Each year, organizations across the globe face astronomical project failure rates, often wasting millions of dollars per failed project. This paper examines the roots of project failure and centers in on the elusive, often undefined role of the business analyst. In response to research showing that many organizations have not set concrete requireme...
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