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Fareed R
Fareed R
Internships can provide some great learning opportunities. I was lucky enough to learn one of the best lessons on the first day of the very first internship of mine. My mentor at the time asked that, for the first 4 weeks, I invest time in every aspect of his business to learn how everything functions. I thought he was insane yet it was one of the ...
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This entry was published on Mar 20, 2015 / Fareed R. Posted in Activity Diagram, Business Rules, Project Management, Business Analysis, Leadership & Management, Roles and Responsibilities. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
Adrian M.
Adrian M.
In the larger context of life, it is very clear that negotiation skills are very important and that those that have them are better off than those who don’t.  What about in business analysis? Are negotiation skills important?  The answer is an emphatic: YES! You bet they are!  Business analysts negotiate or facilitate ...
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This entry was published on Feb 10, 2015 / Adrian M.. Posted in Soft Skills, Leadership & Management. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
Adrian M.
Adrian M.
Business Systems Analyst as a Career Option 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 busin...
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This entry was published on Jan 28, 2015 / Adrian M.. Posted in Analytical and Problem Solving Skills, Soft Skills, Career as a Business Systems Analyst. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
Eric Provost
Eric Provost
I recently had the chance to spend half a day with some customer service representatives (CSR) in one of my organization's call centers, in order to get a better grip on their work and to see how they interact with the multiple systems available to them to better serve our customers. I didn't answer any customer call (God bless them!), but I sat n...
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This entry was published on Jan 16, 2015 / Eric Provost. Posted in Elicitation (BABOK KA). Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
Adrian M.
Adrian M.
If you are managing a team of business analysts or systems analyst you probably have two main goals in mind:  - to make sure your team understand the requirements (the real ones)  - to make sure that you develop a solution which makes sense in the context of your constraints.  The chances are that one of your biggest constraints...
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This entry was published on Jan 14, 2015 / Adrian M.. Posted in Systems Analysis, Leadership & Management, Agile Methods. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
Adrian M.
Adrian M.
A while back, I was reading a Computerworld - Singapore article on Business Intelligence and embedded in it was a small, but significant, truth about the business analyst role.  The article points out that a common mistake made by many organizations is to treat the business analyst as a request taker. That is - if the bu...
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This entry was published on Jan 07, 2015 / Adrian M.. Posted in Business Analysis Planning (BABOK KA), Elicitation (BABOK KA). Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
DMLeVoir
DMLeVoir
I was lucky enough for awhile to do very technical systems analyst work.  Now I am only given what I suppose are traditional BA assignments.  I find the work boring, tedious, uninspiring, and most of all I feel unappreciated and undervalued.  I feel like a glorified secretary - I take notes and write up requirements or meeting minute...
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This entry was published on Jan 06, 2015 / DMLeVoir. Posted in Roles and Responsibilities. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
Adrian M.
Adrian M.
While the Business Systems Analysis line of work is just beginning to be recognized as a profession of its own, the shortage of business analysts and systems analysts continues to get worse.  And the shortage is global!  Would you believe that India is having a shortage of qualified IT professionals? Well, you better believe it!&nbs...
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This entry was published on Dec 17, 2014 / Adrian M.. Posted in Leadership & Management, Career as a Business Systems Analyst. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
Adrian M.
Adrian M.
The problem: Do you know when you’re done? Given a specific project with a reasonably defined charter and clear business goals you, the business analyst, set out to elicit and document the detailed business requirements. So when do you stop? Whether you lead a team of business analysts or you do the work yourself, you probably struggled tr...
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This entry was published on Dec 03, 2014 / Adrian M.. Posted in Elicitation (BABOK KA), Analytical and Problem Solving Skills. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
Adrian M.
Adrian M.
To be an average analyst is fairly simple... ....  all you have to do is go to all the meetings, complete all the mandatory training courses, and listen to feedback from your manager. But... IF you want to be a GREAT analyst - if you want to truly be successful  THEN that's not enough.  To truly succ...
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This entry was published on Nov 16, 2014 / Adrian M.. Posted in Career as a Business Systems Analyst. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
Martin@DocProd
Martin@DocProd
This post describes three great tools for managing bulleted lists in Microsoft Word. They allow you to automatically punctuate them , reorder them , and select them for further processing. This post complements my earlier article Three Great Tools for Editing Tables that described tools for efficiently entering and numbering the content in Micr...
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This entry was published on Oct 20, 2014 / Martin@DocProd. Posted in Tools. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
Martin@DocProd
Martin@DocProd
I use Microsoft Word a great deal in my work as a BA, it is my primary tool for formally communicating text based project deliverables.  Where I can, I like to use tables, so that I can quickly capture information and present it without having to write full, grammatically correct paragraphs. Over the last few years, I have prepared a numbe...
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This entry was published on Aug 23, 2014 / Martin@DocProd. Posted in Tools. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
Thai Son
Thai Son
ABSTRACT Software development is burdened with high levels of complexity (and many unknowns), yet it requires perfection for the software to compile and work. Because of these factors, no estimation approach is going to be foolproof. It is believed that relative item point estimation is just as accurate as any alternative (WBS, UCP) while offering...
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This entry was published on Aug 22, 2014 / Thai Son. Posted in Estimation. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
sbowling999
sbowling999
The question will undoubtedly arise during your tenure as a business analyst, ‘How do I manage a difficult stakeholder?’ I once encountered a stakeholder, a very highly respected mathematician, who had developed an application based on a mathematical model of his weather systems. The algorithm was amazing. The application sucked. It wa...
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Alan
Alan
As part of preparation to sit the IIBA CBAP exam, I wanted a one page summary of the overall BABOK flow. The first step of creating a summary matrix showing a derived master list of documents (e.g. Inputs + Outputs) versus the process that creates or uses it was interesting, but not entirely helpful. By using the matrix to create an indicative ...
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Łukasz Pasek
Łukasz Pasek
Warnier diagrams are not well known. They were introduced in the age of Structured Systems Analysis and are now forgotten. However they are the best tool for solving complex problems. Sometimes you need to model complex logic with multiple different exception scenarios. Sometimes you need to come up with requirements for complex functionality like ...
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This entry was published on May 23, 2014 / Łukasz Pasek. Posted in Structured Systems Analysis (DFDs, ERDs, etc.). Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
Frank Pipolo
Frank Pipolo
(Image credit: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/14918242487402982/)   Tired of holding those long and boring meetings with your analysts and stakeholders to encourage them to come up with new ideas and strategies for your business? It seems more of drudgery than a productive exercise when you find yourself lecturing your team for hours on end to...
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This entry was published on Apr 01, 2014 / Frank Pipolo. Posted in Business Analysis Planning (BABOK KA). Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
Pjbussol
Pjbussol
 “Bring me solutions, not problems”. How often have we heard those words uttered by management? In the main it’s a sensible ask however, for a Business Analyst, quite the opposite is true. Our job is to define business problems when often we are presented with solutions. “We need a new reporting tool because the MI we receive isn’t always cor...
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This entry was published on Mar 28, 2014 / Pjbussol. Posted in Business Analysis, Analytical and Problem Solving Skills, Career as a Business Systems Analyst. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
Trividh Patel, CBAP
Trividh Patel, CBAP
This is one of the most frequently asked questions I have encountered ever since I have started training business analysts. Before exploring ‘how’, one should ask ‘why do I want to become a business analyst?’ Is it just because every talented individual want to do it, or you want better opportunity, or for better salary. In my opinion, if you have...
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This entry was published on Mar 05, 2014 / Trividh Patel, CBAP. Posted in Interviewing & Hiring Business Systems Analysts, Getting Started as a Business Systems Analyst. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
Stephanie Famuyide
Stephanie Famuyide
Sign-offs are a sign that stakeholders agree with and approve the requirements that have been elicited and documented. There are multiple reasons why BAs seek stakeholder sign-offs and in some cases, it is not always clear whom it benefits. While some methodologies like Agile do not involve a formal sign-off, requirements sign-off does add va...
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This entry was published on Feb 28, 2014 / Stephanie Famuyide. Posted in Requirements Management and Communication (BABOK KA). Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
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