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In my previous blog post titled "All requirements are important!", I reasoned that stakeholders only appear to be uncooperative in the prioritization process. In reality, they are unable to prioritize requirements because they cannot see one requirement more or less important than the other. I urged you to ponder whether ...
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This entry was published on May 19, 2016 / Praveen Udupa. Posted in Requirements Analysis (BABOK KA) , Business Analysis. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
This is in continuation of my earlier post on Business Requirement. If you have not read that post, I recommend you take a few minutes to study that first before continuing with this post. In this post, let's discuss Stakeholder Requirement. Some people refer to this as User Requirement, but BABOK's nomenclature is Stakeholder Requi...
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This entry was published on May 06, 2016 / Praveen Udupa. Posted in Requirements Analysis (BABOK KA) , Functional Specifications, Business Analysis. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
Yes, yes...you are right. This is an elephant.  Well, no. This post is not about the elephant. The elephant is used only for symbolism.  And you are right...there are a lot of other similar posts out there. This is my take on this topic. It is different from others. So, what does the elephant stand for? T...
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This entry was published on May 06, 2016 / Praveen Udupa. Posted in Business Analysis. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
"Business Requirement" is a maligned phrase. Different people have different interpretations for what it means. The worst interpretation that I have come across is, “hey, if the requirement comes from a business stakeholder, then it is a business requirement”. Requirement from business is NOT business requirement. For God's sake, every ...
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This entry was published on May 06, 2016 / Praveen Udupa. Posted in Requirements Analysis (BABOK KA) , Functional Specifications, Business Analysis, IIBA & BABOK. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
Years ago, I was consulting as a Principal Business Analyst for the second largest company in the world in the money transfer business. One fine morning, I was engrossed in my work when my business stakeholder, (let's call him Tom) arrived at my desk.  Tom: Praveen, I have a change request for you. Well, this is a new business requiremen...
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This entry was published on May 01, 2016 / Praveen Udupa. Posted in Elicitation (BABOK KA), Requirements Analysis (BABOK KA) . Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
We saw about the problems and the ways of defining a solution to those problems in the last article. Also, I had mentioned that when a problem arises, there is a need for the business to resolve that problem. So, what would be business needs? It again depends on the problems which they face.  By definition, Needs are desires of the project cus...
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This entry was published on Apr 25, 2016 / RANGA. Posted in Business Analysis, Getting Started as a Business Systems Analyst. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
Now when I am already a successful BA since many years, I would like to share few moments with everyone. During my first months as a business analyst, life was filled with a sort of inner turmoil. Even though I had books on how to write requirements documents, had received individual mentoring on putting together use cases, and had a trus...
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This entry was published on Apr 24, 2016 / Bharat Mamtani. Posted in Business Analysis Planning (BABOK KA), Career as a Business Systems Analyst, Getting Started as a Business Systems Analyst, IIBA & BABOK, CBAP. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
Till now whatever we have seen was more from a bank point of view on few of the roles and responsibilities of a business analyst. Let us see on day-today what a business analyst might be doing!!!   Before understanding what business analyst do, let us understand why any business need an analyst. By definition, an analyst is the individual wh...
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This entry was published on Apr 18, 2016 / RANGA. Posted in Business Analysis, Getting Started as a Business Systems Analyst. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
Now, I am a BA. My role of doing the routine operational work is no more there. Now I am in to the mode of asking questions. So, what are the questions I should be asking? How am I supposed to interpret the answers? How do I build my knowledge on the process based on these answers? How can I contribute to the improvement of the process? These are f...
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This entry was published on Mar 01, 2016 / RANGA. Posted in Business Analysis, Getting Started as a Business Systems Analyst. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
  Knowledge can be explicit as well as tacit. Explicit knowledge is something that can be easily documented, studied and transferred from one individual to another. On the other hand, tacit knowledge is knowledge that cannot be easily documented, taught and transferred from one individual to another. It includes the beliefs, attitudes,...
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This entry was published on Feb 28, 2016 / CVM. Posted in Elicitation (BABOK KA). Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
Business Analyst – First time when I heard this word while working for banking operations, I was really curious to know more about the role behind this word. One fine day, I was introduced to a person by my senior manager and was told that I need to explain him on the processes which we were doing in the banking operations. I initially though...
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This entry was published on Feb 11, 2016 / RANGA. Posted in Business Analysis, Getting Started as a Business Systems Analyst. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
Decision model and notation (DMN) is a nice way to model policies and make sure your business rules are implemented properly. Opposite to traditional approach in business rules which was the focus on the rules them selves, in DMN we start from decisions. Let’s work on a tangible example. In an employees benefits and entitlement system, you...
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This entry was published on Feb 01, 2016 / Arash. Posted in Business Rules, Business Analysis. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
Prepared by MindMeister tool   Have you ever planned a project or brainstormed an idea? It takes a lot of effort to manage the collected information in a way you can easily traverse through. On occasions you find yourself occupied with a lot of questions and confusion in scenarios such as You have a lot of details to get started with...
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This entry was published on Jan 21, 2016 / Surbhi Mahnot. Posted in Project Management, Business Analysis, Tools. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
Use case modelling is the most powerful requirements modelling technique to model solution requirements if applied correctly. I have come across many BA teams (including my own) that made lot of common mistakes in use case modelling. By avoiding the top 10 mistakes identified in this paper, BA teams can not only save lot of efforts in use...
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This entry was published on Jan 10, 2016 / Trividh Patel, CBAP. Posted in Requirements Analysis (BABOK KA) , Use Cases, Functional Specifications, Systems Analysis, Business Analysis. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
I am pleased to share the analysis of a Qualitative Survey to understand the backgrounds of Business Analysts (BAs) and the roles they have held prior to becoming BAs. This survey was conducted as an informal poll on LinkedIn. The numbers of participants are over 250 and hence are statistically significant to infer. Infere...
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This entry was published on Jan 10, 2016 / Trividh Patel, CBAP. Posted in Business Analysis, Career as a Business Systems Analyst, Getting Started as a Business Systems Analyst, Roles and Responsibilities. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
  What is MVP? Minimum Viable Product, is a technique in product development to develop a product with features enough to demonstrate the concept to the early adopters, i.e. a product with just the core features, nothing more. The term was coined by Frank Robinson and popularized by Steven Blank and Eric Ries The product concept is share...
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This entry was published on Nov 23, 2015 / Surbhi Mahnot. Posted in Project Management, Business Analysis, SDLC, Process, and Methodologies. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
Prototyping is a speedy creation of a full-scale model that helps evaluate a product without investing in actual development. It promotes effective communication Decreases development time Decrease chances of costly mistakes at later stages But the temptation to build something out-of-the-ordinary, being exceptionally creative a...
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This entry was published on Oct 12, 2015 / Surbhi Mahnot. Posted in User Interface & Usability. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
The average enterprise will need to manage 50 times more information by 2020 and while the amount of IT staff will only increase by 1.5%. This surge in unstructured data creates many tough challenges for business.    By XO Communications
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This entry was published on Oct 09, 2015 / XOCom. Posted in Data Analysis & Modeling. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
Nowhere is the need to implement and manage change more acute than within government agencies, nonprofits, and commercial businesses. Changing regulations, changing customer needs, new direction set by changing leadership, and the necessity to launch bigger, better, different products more and more quickly mean changes are inevitable. These sit...
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This entry was published on Sep 30, 2015 / ccecere. Posted in Business Rules. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
Most important part of any system analysis is to understand the existing system . In order to understand the existing system usually reading the existing documentation of the system helps , but if a chance permits before getting requirements from the business stakeholder or product owner ( in case of agile) . Identifying the current business proces...
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This entry was published on Sep 11, 2015 / arun charles. Posted in Business Process Management (BPM) . Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
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