August 2013 - Modern Analyst e-Journal - The Business Analysis & Systems Analysis Magazine

Modern Analyst e-Journal: August 2013 - Business Analyst Community

Featured articles showcased in this issue:
Writing Better Requirements
Enhancing the 'A' in Business Analysis
> Managing Stakeholders: an integrated system of actions, tasks, and methods
> Empowering Business Users with Customer Analytics

Webinars: BPMN 2.0, Analytics, Use Cases for Agile, and more....

Also in this issue:
> More Business Analyst Humor
Even more Resources for Business Analysts
New Interview Questions

Writing Better Requirements
by Jan Kusiak, IRM Training Pty Ltd
There’s little argument that investigating and identifying business needs (i.e. requirements) is a critical task of business analysis. However it’s of little use correctly identifying business needs if we can’t then effectively document them - to the clients who will be paying for the solution and to the developers who will be building it. 

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Enhancing the 'A' in Business Analysis
by Eric Spellman & Jack Merritt, Magic Hat Consulting
As Business Analysts, we have become pretty proficient with respect to requirements. Understanding the Who, What, Where, When and How to develop, document and manage requirements has seemingly become part of our DNA. But when it comes to performing analysis, the “how” unfortunately doesn’t come as natural. Whether you’re a BA generalist, specialist, or somewhere in between, our core competency should be the ability to effectively analyze things.

Business Analytics for Executives

Managing Stakeholders: an integrated system of actions, tasks, and methods
by Mark Monteleone, CBAP, PMP, CSM
This article describes an integrated system of actions, tasks, and methods for managing project stakeholders. It highlights the strategic business actions, the tactical project tasks, and operational methods conducted by project sponsors, project managers and business analysts respectively.


Empowering Business Users with Customer Analytics
by Bob Laurent, Director at Alteryx
In order to transform an organization from one that merely possesses data to one that extracts real value from it, analytic capabilities must be placed into the hands of the business analysts and business decision makers who are closest to the problem. These people may not have PhDs in data science and statistics, but they know the business, know and understand the data that surrounds their business, and are smart about what they need to get done.


Webinar: Integrate BA into the PM
Aug 21, 2013 - Register Now, Cost: FREE

Webinar: Use Cases and User Stories for Agile Requirements
Sep 10, 2013 - Register Now, Cost: FREE

Agile Requirement Gathering Process to Avoiding Common Data Problems
Sep 25, 2013 - Register Now, Cost: FREE

Process Modeling and Automation with BPMN 2.0
Oct 17, 2013 - Register Now, Cost: FREE

Webinar: Harmonizing Requirements and Business Architecture
Sep 23, 2013 - Register Now, Cost: FREE

Webinar: How to Slash Data Analysis Project Times in Half
Oct 30, 2013 - Register Now, Cost: FREE

Conference: World Congress for Business Analysts 
September, 2013 - Orlando, FL - More Details

Conference: Building Business Capabilities
November, 2013 - Las Vegas, NV - More Details

More Articles & Posts of Interest
> Three Decision Model Predictions and The Decision Modeler Software
> End-to-End UML: Use Case Diagram
> A Buyer’s Guide to Strategic Analytics

BABOK - Crossword Puzzle     Seven Steps to Mastering Business Analysis     

Relevant Interview Questions
> What are a few characteristics of a top business analyst?
> What is discount usability engineering?
> What are some of the primary usability heuristics that might be used in a discount heuristic evaluation?

Help a fellow BA: Forum Posts
> Documenting requirements in an agile project
> Template for ... workflow diagram
> Structuring and Organizing Requirements Specification

FEATURED Business Analysis JOBS
> Junior IT Business Analyst Job
> Business Solutions Analyst Job
> Systems Analyst N13-025 Job 

More BA Jobs...

Hewlett-Packard State & Local Enterprise Services, Inc. is accepting resumes for Business Analyst in Dimondale, MI (Ref. #SLDIMSGA1). Research, elicit, analyze, validate and document business requirements, and ensure that requirements clearly reflect true business needs, correctly representing all stakeholders. Mail resume to Hewlett-Packard State & Local Enterprise Services, Inc., 5400 Legacy Drive, MS H1-6F-61, Plano, TX 75024. Resume must include Ref. #, full name, email address & mailing address. No phone calls please.  Must be legally authorized to work in the U.S. without sponsorship. EOE., Inc. has the following positions open: 
Business Analyst: Responsible for the scope, architecture, and requirements gathering sessions for various cloud computing solutions.  Remote work opportunity.  Position can be based anywhere in the U.S. Position requires minimum 50% travel to unanticipated client sites in the U.S.    To apply or for more information, please go to

Business Analytics for Executives


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