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Featured articles showcased in this issue:
How do Business Analysts operate in your organization?
Why Rulebook Management?
True Systems Analysis?
Agile Requirements: Not an Oxymoron

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> More Business Analyst Humor
Even more Resources for Business Analysts
New Interview Questions

How do Business Analysts operate in your organization?
by Joseph Da Silva, Principal Business Analyst, Skandia
Business Analysis is a term that covers a wide range of different disciplines, which has grown in scope over the past 10-15 years. BAs can become involved in a variety of different activities, depending on the organization and the particular project that they are working on – these can range from very technical to very business focused activities.  So if you're working as a Business Analyst, or working with a Business Analyst, what can you expect? 

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Why Rulebook Management?
by Ronald Ross, Speaker,
Contrary to what you might think, the problem that rulebook management addresses is a relatively simple one. Its solution is relatively simple too. The reason people have a hard time seeing that is because the problem is so big. It’s all around us, everywhere we look – a whole host of trees blinding us to the forest.

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True Systems Analysis?
by Tim Bryce, Writer & Management Consultant
Regrettably, many of today's Systems Analysts are still glorified programmers in sheep's clothing.  I recently came across some job postings under the title, "Systems Analyst," and it occurred to me people still do not know what it means. In the postings I saw things like "seeking a Systems Analyst with 4 - 6 years experience... Candidate must have experience with JAVA and the ATG..."


Agile Requirements: Not an Oxymoron
by Ellen Gottesdiener, EBG Consulting, Inc. 
Adult children. Jumbo shrimp. Seriously funny. I’m sure you recognize these expressions as oxymorons—self-contradictory phrases, often with an ironic meaning.  Should we add “agile requirements” to the list? Does agile development fit in with traditional requirements practices? And if so, how?
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More Articles of Interest
> Business Analyst ABCs: “B” is for BPMN
> Making the Most of Working with your Business Analyst Colleagues
> Objective Agility - what does it take to be an Agile company?

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Relevant Interview Questions
> Describe the basic classification of requirements as defined by the BABOK (v2.0)
> What is a Fact Model?
> What are the advantages and disadvantages of using screen mockups in the requirements gathering process of a system solution?

Informative Blog Posts & Resources
> What do you do when the client isn’t focused on the business outcome?
> Visual Modeling – Stopping IT Failure at the Root of the Cause
> How to Deliver a Recommendation

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