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Modern Analyst e-Journal: February 2010

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EDITOR'S NOTE
10 BA Trends, 5 Steps to Better Requirements, Enhance BPM w/ Business Rules
Featured articles showcased in this issue:
> 10 Key Business Analysis Trends to Guide You in 2010
Using Extreme Inspections to Significantly Improve Requirements Practice
> Ditch Your Business Rules? Five Reasons Why and How
> Planning your own BA Succession

BA Events:
> Webinar: Enhancing Business Process Management with Business Rules
> Webinar: 5 steps to better quality requirements – with Ian Alexander
> Webinar: Leveraging Visualization at Genentech – An Agile Case Study

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

- Adrian Marchis, Editor

FEATURED ARTICLES
10 Key Business Analysis Trends to Guide You in 2010
by Glenn R. Brûlé, ESI International
The signs of maturity in the business analysis discipline showed themselves in myriad, sometimes subtle, ways last year. Further leaps toward maturity are reflected in the 10 BA trends for 2010. These trends represent the lessons learned and an increased recognition of the business value BA provides through guiding the enterprise in meeting its objectives...
Read more... 

iRise Software for the Business Analyst - Using Visualization to Get Requirements Right 

Using Extreme Inspections to Significantly Improve Requirements Practice
by Rolf Götz, Systems Engineer  
Extreme Inspections are a low-cost, high-improvement way to assure specification quality, effectively teach good specification practice, and make informed decisions about the requirements specification process and its output, in any project. The method is not restricted to be used on requirements analysis related material; this article however is limited to requirements specification...
Read more...

Seven Steps to Mastering Business Analysis 

Ditch Your Business Rules? Five Reasons Why and How
by Barbara von Halle and Larry Goldberg, KPI LLC
Does the business perceive business rules as a true organizational asset? Are they visible, valuable, and universally accepted as data is? Above all, does business rule management attract and sustain enterprise-wide high-level management attention? In truth, many organizations are not there yet. It helps to rethink it – take it up a notch....
Read more...  

Planning your own BA Succession
by E.L. 'Ted' Hardy, Analyst Supervisor 
If you've ever been a manager or above in a corporation, you've probably been exposed to the concept of Succession Planning. The basic idea is that all managers should have some idea of who is willing and able to step into your shoes once you are promoted into a new position or change your career focus. Succession planning is just as important for BAs as it is for managers...
Read more...  

UPCOMING WEBINARS & EVENTS
Webinar: Enhancing Business Process Management with Business Rules
Thu, Feb 18, 2010   10:00 AM Pacific (6:00 PM GMT)  Register Now!

5 steps to better quality requirements – with Ian Alexander
Thu, Feb 25, 2010   2:00 PM Eastern (7:00 PM GMT)  Register Now!

Leveraging Visualization at Genentech – An Agile Case Study
Tue, Mar 16, 2010   10:00 AM Pacific (6:00 PM GMT)  Register Now!

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> Root Cause Analysis: Using the Five Whys
> Mitigating the Risk of Story Point Drift
> Blurring the Lines between Business and IT       

iRise Software for the Business Analyst - Using Visualization to Get Requirements Right

Interesting Forum Posts
> How does one derive processes from requirements?
> Business Analysis - the movie
> What are the possible certifications for Business Analyst?

Relevant Interview Questions
> Describe the Elicitation knowledge area of the BABOK and its key tasks (BABOK v2.0)?
> How do you define the term Requirement?
> What is the PDCA method and how is its application by the Business Analyst beneficial?

Featured JOBs for Business Analysts
> Business Systems Analyst to assist in product development cycle support and documentation
> Sr. Business Analyst is responsible for developing and communicating the product vision
> IT Business Analyst III provides direct support to IT projects

FEBRUARY 2010 

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