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Modern Analyst e-Journal: March 2010

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EDITOR'S NOTE
BA & Agile, CIO's Viewpoint, BA Competencies
Featured articles showcased in this issue:
> The Experts’ Take on Business Analysis and Agile
What is a Business Rule?
> What the CIO Needs: BA’s and Understanding the Stakeholder
> Developing a Competency Model for Business Analysts

BA Events:
> Webinar: Leveraging Requirements Visualization: A Biotechnology Company’s 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
The Experts’ Take on Business Analysis and Agile
by Jarett Hailes, Business Consultant, Larimar Consulting Inc.
If you ask Business Analysts what they think about ‘Agile’, you’re likely to get a mixed bag of answers... With so many different ideas on what Agile is and how Agile impacts the Business Analysis profession, we decided to talk with leading experts in the Agile field and get their opinions on the subject. These people have been involved in Agile for several years (some prior to its formal inception) and have seen how individuals with traditional titles like Business Analyst or Project Manager fit into Agile teams.
Read more... 

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What is a Business Rule?
by Ronald G. Ross, Featured Speaker, AttainingEdge.com  
For business analysts, understanding decision logic from the perspective of business people is key. For that you need business rules. But when can a rule be considered a business rule, and when not? This article presents five pragmatic tests for knowing when you have identified a true business rule...
Read more...

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

What the CIO Needs: BA’s and Understanding the Stakeholder
by Peter Giblett, Strategist, Author, Speaker, CIO
In order to do their job effectively a large element of a BA’s time must be spent understanding and managing stakeholders in the project... From a CIO’s viewpoint the skills they look for in a good Business Analyst include an aspect of stakeholder management and an ability to find a path through the likely problem zones. It is important to facilitate an ongoing communication about how the project is progressing.
Read more...  

Developing a Competency Model for Business Analysts
by Adriana Beal, Principal Consultant, 2wtx 
Managers who supervise business analysts, particularly in large companies, frequently struggle with creating a competency model for BAs. What are the key elements to consider? How to structure the various BA levels and titles? How to make sure that the competency model truly reflects business needs?
Read more...  

UPCOMING WEBINARS & EVENTS
Leveraging Requirements Visualization: A Biotechnology Company’s Agile Case Study
Tue, Mar 16, 2010   10:00 AM Pacific (6:00 PM GMT)  Register Now!

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More Relevant Articles
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> How to Interview Your Boss
> The 11 Secrets of Business Rules Success
> A Guide to Job Sharing for Business Analysts       

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Informative Blog Posts
> Why I Don't Use BPMN
> The Lost Stakeholder Analysis Dimension: Engagement
> Thoughts on Specifying Requirements

Interesting Forum Posts
>
Where to put Reporting requirements?
> Specifying common behaviour across multiple use cases
> Prototyping - experience and tools

Relevant Interview Questions
> What is Active Listening and how can it benefit the business analyst?
> How is the Requirements Management and Communication knowledge area of the BABOK v2.0 defined?
> What is Six Sigma?

Featured JOBs for Business Analysts
> Business Systems Analyst to assist in the development of the vision and strategic business objectives
> Learning Systems Analyst supports the Learning Systems allowing them to effectively offer training programs
> Business Analyst to defines complex information systems solutions to address business needs

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