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EXECUTIVE SUMMARY The Business Analyst and Project Manager are team players on a project. As is common the Business Analyst and Project Manager sometimes have conflicting approaches during a project. Having frequently taken up dual roles of a project manager and Business analyst during the course of my career, I have gained some insight on the d...
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This entry was published on Nov 07, 2016 / Chileshe Mulenga CBAP PMP. Posted in Business Process Management (BPM) . Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
There are hundreds of traits that make up a good manager, but here are the top 9 skills we recommend for a business analysis leader - or any leader in general. 1. See Design as a Differentiator Anyone can design but not everyone designs well.  Who cares?  Frustrated users care.  Seeing design as important sets you apart from all ot...
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This entry was published on Sep 07, 2016 / Paul Crosby. Posted in Business Analysis, Leadership & Management. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
As business analysts, we are often in the fray of designing.  Whether it’s a user interface, report or data fed from one system to another; business analysts create interfaces with human beings and systems.  Our design choices impact users and other systems in a very real way.  This power can go unnoticed even in our own minds....
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Scope – the last frontier.  We are on a mission where no business analyst has gone before.  To explore strange new diagrams and to have the project scope clearly understood.  Extra credit to those who remember which TV show that was from!  Scope and context are the number one reason business expectations about a project ar...
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Being a badass isn’t about intimidation or trying to be something you simply are not.  It’s about knowing who you are and using your strengths to drive forward.  So let’s look at a few of the ways to be a badass in business: 1. Passion for Your Craft Is a Powerful and Infectious Energy Showing passion for your work in ...
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The  International Institute of Business Analysis defines in its “Business Analysis Body of Knowledge” (BABoK) that business analysis is “the practice of enabling change in an enterprise by defining needs and recommending solutions that deliver value to stakeholders”. To fulfil this task to a good standard bus...
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This entry was published on Aug 30, 2016 / Katarzyna. Posted in Requirements Analysis (BABOK KA) . Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
What is the role of the business analyst? A typical response to this question is that he is a bridge between IT and business. Often this view is reinforced by textbooks and training material covering the business analysis domain. The reality is that there is still much confusion about business analysis as a discipline. In my opinion, this view...
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This entry was published on Aug 16, 2016 / Edward M Ngubane. Posted in Business Analysis. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
Decision Model and Notation in short DMN is a novel way to model business decisions. DMN allows capturing and modeling business decisions in a way that is easy to understand with business people and subject matter experts. It is a combination of: Decision requirement diagram – DRD Decision table Boxed expressions Fr...
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This entry was published on Aug 10, 2016 / Arash. Posted in Business Rules, Systems Analysis, Business Analysis, Domain Modeling. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
Background Like most Scrum teams, we held “Sprint Review Meeting” every two weeks. We would gather as a team to demo what was recently built & receive feedback. Although it was a great opportunity to showcase recent work, we identified a number of problems with “Sprint Review Meetings” for our mature product:  1.&...
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This entry was published on Jul 21, 2016 / Ryan Thomas Hewitt. Posted in Project Management. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
At Seilevel, we updated and re-published our Requirements Management (RM) Tool Study this past year, looking at over 150 tools and over 200 criteria. We did this in phases with the subset of tools making it though each phase getting smaller and smaller until we ran 21 tools through the full evaluation criteria to rank them. This tool study is a gre...
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This entry was published on Jun 17, 2016 / Candase Hokanson. Posted in Tools. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
The previous two posts in the Requirements Prioritization series, we discussed the honest difficulty that stakeholders face when asked to simply prioritize requirements, and how to overcome this obstacle by using prioritization parameters. If you have not read these posts, I recommend you read them first here and here....
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This entry was published on Jun 08, 2016 / Praveen Udupa. Posted in Requirements Analysis (BABOK KA) . Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
If you’re a business analyst whose company recently made the move to agile, you may be wondering where you fit in when there is no business analyst role. Or maybe you made the move to be an agile business analyst or product owner but don’t know how your traditional business analyst skills figure into this new agile world. Well the good ...
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This entry was published on May 31, 2016 / Candase Hokanson. Posted in Requirements Analysis (BABOK KA) , Data Analysis & Modeling, Agile Methods. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
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.
I was running a meeting with a few stakeholders. I was imploring them to indicate the relative importance of requirements, but was hitting a brick wall; they kept insisting, "They all look the same to me. All requirements are important. They all are must-haves." I tried to reason with them multiple times over. There are just too many requirements...
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This entry was published on May 17, 2016 / Praveen Udupa. Posted in Requirements Management and Communication (BABOK KA), Business Analysis. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
My youngest daughter was scheduled for her first dentist appointment.  She couldn’t contain her excitement.  She had her stuffed dog, dentist-visiting attire and bright, sparkling smile ready for the event.  She was ready to go.  Little did I realize that not only would my daughter come away with a clean-bill of dental hea...
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This entry was published on May 17, 2016 / rlogan1301. Posted in Business Analysis, Career as a Business Systems Analyst, Roles and Responsibilities. 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.
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