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Modern Analyst e-Journal: February 2011

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IN THIS ISSUE
Featured articles showcased in this issue:
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A Data-Driven Approach to Specifications
Improve Business-IT Interactions with the Right BPM Tool
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Building (or Becoming) the Ideal Business Analyst

> The Tame, the Messy, and the Wicked

> Webinar: Relational Databases for the Business Analyst
> Webinar: Leveraging Software Visualization to Elicit, Validate and Communicate Requirements
> Webinar: Fast Tracking Projects
> Webinar: 11 Habits for Highly Successful Business Process Management Programs

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

FEATURED ARTICLES
A Data-Driven Approach to Specifications
by Bill Lewis, Senior IT Specialist, IBM
Business requirements are usually captured in narratives and graphics that, regardless of how detailed, structured, cross-referenced and validated, are fundamentally imprecise. A data-driven approach to specifications has the potential to help avoid these problems and subsequently decrease the risk and increase the return on companies' IT investments. 
Read more...

Webinar: Top 10 BA Trends for 2011

Improve Business-IT Interactions with the Right BPM Tool
by Bruce Lawrence, Group Network Manger, Liquid Controls
One of the easiest areas to demonstrate immediate improvement is by automating a manual process. While almost any manual process could show results by ‘simply’ being able to move documents and files electronically around the company, there is really a more important underlying requirement. That is to understand the fundamental process – and to seek ways for the process itself to be improved.
Read more...

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Building (or Becoming) the Ideal Business Analyst
by Morgan Masters, BA Staff Writer, ModernAnalyst.com
There are as many types of business analyst personalities as there are organizations and projects. The million-dollar questions is, how can a manager match an analyst’s unique skills to the projects that can really benefit from them, helping to ensure a project’s success? How can a manager build stronger, perhaps more suitable skills in his analysts?

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The Tame, the Messy, and the Wicked
by Mark Monteleone, CBAP, PMP, CSMTM, CSPOTM
It is good practice to plan an action prior to taking an action. Unfortunately, many of us (PMs and BAs) take on a project without some initial thought on the nature of the problem that lies before us. We carry a notion that all endeavors are the same. This article provides a framework for categorizing business problems as a baseline for selecting a solution development life cycle.

Read more...

WEBINARS
Relational Databases for the Business Analyst
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Leveraging Software Visualization to Elicit, Validate and Communicate Requirements
Wednesday, February 23, 2011 Register Now, Cost: FREE

Fast Tracking Projects
Tuesday, March 22, 2011 Register Now, Cost: FREE

Learn 11 Habits for Highly Successful Business Process Management Programs
Monday, March 28, 2011 Register Now, Cost: FREE

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Relevant Interview Questions
> What is Function Point Analysis?
> What is meant by Forming, Storming, Norming, and Peforming?
> What is PEST Analysis?

Informative Blog Posts & Resources
> Getting Started with Process Improvement: 18 Page Guide
> Asking the Right questions-Process Discovery
> Five New Year’s Resolutions for Requirements

NEW Business Analysis JOBS
> Sr Business Systems Analyst
> Business Analyst w/Marketing, Publishing or Digital Agency Experience
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