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Modern Analyst e-Journal: July 2011

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IN THIS ISSUE
Featured articles showcased in this issue:
>
Why Skilled Business Analysts Will Not Go Away in an Agile World
Business Analysis and User Experience
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Business Vocabulary: The Most Basic Requirement of All

> Lessons from the King’s Speech - How to Influence without Authority

> Webinar: Being Rational in an Accelerated World (Requirements Tools)
> Webinar: How Automating Decisions makes your organization more human

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

FEATURED ARTICLES
Why Skilled Business Analysts Will Not Go Away in an Agile World
by Adriana Beal, BealProjects.com
As agile methods become widespread in organizations, it’s not surprising to see the idea of the business analyst as a dispensable role taking root among IT project teams. After all, in agile approaches, tasks typically performed by a business analyst, such as requirements elicitation, analysis and documentation, are replaced by a conversation between customer and developers. 
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Business Analysis and User Experience
by Allison Bloodworth, James Dudek, Rachel Hollowgrass
At UC Berkeley there has been an increasing awareness of the importance of business analysis (BA) and user experience (UX) in the software development lifecycle. In this article we will discuss the advantages of involving BA and UX practitioners in your development process, when and how to involve them, and the similarities and differences between the two professions.
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Business Vocabulary: The Most Basic Requirement of All
by Ronald G. Ross, AttainingEdge.com
Structured business vocabulary is a missing ingredient in most current approaches to developing requirements. This omission should greatly concern every business analyst. Indeed, business vocabulary is key to a whole range of fundamental challenges, including but not limited to capturing business rules. One reason is that business vocabulary, like data and business rules, lives on beyond the point of system implementation and deployment. There’s a solution – fact models.

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Lessons from the King’s Speech - How to Influence without Authority
by Elizabeth Larson, CEO of Watermark Learning
I recently saw the "The King's Speech," a movie about the relationship between the stammering King George VI of England and his speech therapist... how is this commoner able to help the monarch and become his life-long friend? He is a master at influencing with absolutely no authority. There are some lessons here for those of us business analysts and project managers whose jobs depend on our ability to influence without authority.

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WEBINARS
Being Rational in an Accelerated World (Requirements Tools)
Tuesday, July 19, 2011 Register Now, Cost: FREE

How Automating Decisions makes your organization more human
Tuesday, July 19, 2011 Register Now, Cost: FREE

EVENTS
The Business Analysis Conference Europe 2011
26-28 September 2011, Radisson Blu Portman Hotel, London
http://www.irmuk.co.uk/ba2011

Business Analysis (BA) Conference 2011
October 30 - November 3, 2011, Fort Lauderdale, FL
http://www.buildingbusinesscapability.com/baf/

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Interesting Forum Posts
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Relevant Interview Questions
> How do you ensure that your use case model is effective?
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> Why bother with identifying use cases? Why not jump straight to process flows?

Popular Resources & Templates
> Cheat Sheet for BPMN (Business Process Modeling Notation)
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> Presentation: Role of the Business Analyst

FEATURED Business Analysis JOBS
Hewlett-Packard Company is accepting resumes for Business Strategy Manager (Ref. #CUPBSM11) in Cupertino, CA. Define high-impact, long-term business strategies at the corporate, business, and/or regional level. Mail resume to Hewlett-Packard Company, 5400 Legacy Drive, MS H1-6F-61, Plano, TX 75024. Resume must include Ref. #CUPBSM11, full name, email address & mailing address. No phone calls please. Must be legally authorized to work in the U.S. without sponsorship. EOE.

Hewlett-Packard State & Local Enterprise Services, Inc. is accepting resumes for Business Analyst (Ref. #SLOLYBA11) in Olympia, WA. Research and elicit, analyze, validate and document business requirements, and ensure that those requirements clearly reflect true business needs, correctly representing all stakeholders. Mail resume to Hewlett-Packard State & Local Enterprise Services, Inc., 5400 Legacy Drive, MS H1-6F-61, Plano, TX 75024. Resume must include Ref. #SLOLYBA11, full name, email address & mailing address. No phone calls please. Must be legally authorized to work in the U.S. without sponsorship. EOE

HP Enterprise Services, LLC is accepting resumes for Business Analyst in Camp Hill, PA. (Ref. #ESCHBA11). Research and elicit, analyze, validate and document business requirements, and ensure that those requirements clearly reflect true business needs, correctly representing all stakeholders. Mail resume to HP Enterprise Services, LLC, 5400 Legacy Drive, MS H1-6F-61, Plano, TX 75024. Resume must include Ref. #ESCHBA11, full name, email address & mailing address. No phone calls please. Must be legally authorized to work in the U.S. without sponsorship. EOE.

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