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Modern Analyst e-Journal: November 2010

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IN THIS ISSUE
Featured articles showcased in this issue:
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How the BA Can Take Advantage of Free Online Diagramming Tools
Structuring AS-IS and TO-BE Process Improvement Discussions using the Fishbone Diagram
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What the Heck Is Enterprise Analysis Part 2
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OMG Seeking Decision Model Notation Standard


> Webinar: Predicting Project Outcomes (Requirements Gathering under the microscope)
> Webinar: Unleash the Power of BPM and Business Analytics for Smarter Business Outcomes
> Webinar: Inside Effective Business Requirements Documentation

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

FEATURED ARTICLES
How the BA Can Take Advantage of Free Online Diagramming Tools
by Morgan Masters, Staff Writer at ModernAnalyst.com
Almost every business analyst uses diagramming software in their arsenal of analysis tools. According to BABOK 2.0, an analyst’s traditional purpose in using diagramming tools is to “support the rapid drawing and documentation of a model, typically by providing a set of templates for a particular notation which are used to develop diagrams based on it.” Diagrams not only make requirements clearer to stakeholders through modeling, they help clarify an analyst’s thinking on a project through the process of their very creation. 
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Structuring AS-IS and TO-BE Process Improvement Discussions using the Fishbone Diagram
by Mark Monteleone, PMP, CBAP, CSMTM, CSPOTM
After an analysis team builds the AS-IS model using techniques such as simple flowcharting, UML, or BPMN, they need to examine what process improvements are possible to support a credible business case to justify a TO-BE implementation... One method is to use an iterative adaptation of the fishbone or Ishikawa diagram commonly used for root cause analysis.
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What the Heck Is Enterprise Analysis Part 2
by Robin F. Goldsmith, JD - Go Pro Management, Inc.
I believe the Problem Pyramid™ provides the appropriate structure for guiding effective business analysis, both for initiating and carrying out projects, whether for what BABOK® v2 calls projects or for topics that truly fit within Enterprise Analysis.

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OMG Seeking Decision Model Notation Standard
by Barbara von Halle and Larry Goldberg of KPI, LLC 
Adoption of The Decision Model has escalated faster than anticipated. It also caught the attention of the Object Management Group (OMG) which is the subject of this month’s column. This column provides information to Modern Analyst readers regarding the OMG and its interest in decision models.
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WEBINARS
Predicting Project Outcomes (Requirements Gathering under the microscope)
Tuesday, December 7, 2010 Register Now

Unleash the Power of BPM and Business Analytics for Smarter Business Outcomes
Thursday, November 18, 2010 Register Now

Inside Effective Business Requirements Documentation
Thursday, November 18, 2010 Register Now

MORE FROM ModernAnalyst.com
More Articles of Interest & Featured Posts
> How Static Modeling Skills Can Improve Your Performance as a Business Analyst
> Report Requirements: An Overview
> 6 Traits Of A Great Business Analyst (And How To Interview For Them)

Rich interactive prototypes     Seven Steps to Mastering Business Analysis     

Relevant Interview Questions
> What does SWEBOK stand for and what does it mean?
> What is Document Analysis?
> How familiar should a business analyst be with BA skills and techniques that aren’t used in their current position?

Informative Blog Posts & Resources
> Moving to Agile Documentation – why ‘Pair Inspections’ make sense
> Is DFD better choice for Batch-oriented system for analysis
> Enter the Business Engineer: Part 2

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