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Modern Analyst e-Journal: September 2011

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IN THIS ISSUE
Featured articles showcased in this issue:
>
The Real Brains Behind Better Facilitation
Business Analysis Certificate Program Features The Decision Model
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5 Top Mistakes Management Makes With BA Performance Measurement Programs (And How to Avoid Them)

> The Influencing Formula for Business Analysts

> Webinar Topic: Business Data Reporting, data discovery, ETLs
> Webinar Topic: Automate & Optimize Business Decisions and build corresponding Rules

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

FEATURED ARTICLES
The Real Brains Behind Better Facilitation
by Glenn R. Brûlé, Executive Director, ESI
Facilitation is one of the most critical soft skills of the business analyst, as well as one of the most difficult to master. Working with various stakeholders requires tremendous preparation, insight and finesse in addition to an understanding of key principles of the facilitation process. 
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Business Analysis Certificate Program Features The Decision Model
by Barbara von Halle, Managing Partner, KPI, LLC
Like most business analysts, Charles captured business rules as part of requirements gathering. Also like most business analysts, he followed traditional business rules approaches. These included writing individual business rule expressions, storing them outside the confines of process models and use cases, and providing pointers to them. However, he changed his approach after experimenting with The Decision Model.
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5 Top Mistakes Management Makes With BA Performance Measurement Programs (And How to Avoid Them)
by Adriana Beal, MBA
When used properly, a performance measurement program can help BAs and their managers identify specific improvement priorities, clarify responsibilities, and drive the desired behaviors required to achieve business goals. However, in practice it's rare to see managers taking advantage of the benefits a good performance measurement system can offer...

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The Influencing Formula for Business Analysts
by Elizabeth Larson, CEO of Watermark Learning
I often get asked, “How can I get stakeholders to attend my meetings?” or “How can I get stakeholders’ buy-in on the project?” These are complex questions and the easy answer is that you can’t. As BAs and PMs we can’t get anyone to do anything, but we can certainly influence them so that they want to.

Read more...

WEBINARS
Application development simplified: the value of IBM Cognos Application Development Workbench
Sept 20, 2011 - Register Now, Cost: FREE

How Automating Decisions makes your organization more human
ON DEMAND - 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
> Requirements Traceability Matrix
> While waiting on the next project to begin, what does the BA do?
> Practice Exams for CBAP

Relevant Interview Questions
> Can you depict data items in a business process diagram?
> What types of business modeling are supported by BPMN 2.0?
> What are the 5 basic categories of elements in BPMN?

Recent Blog Posts
> Getting to Functional Requirements, part 1 - the never-ending open-ended question...
> Getting to Functional Requirements, part 2 - Scope is not just mouth wash...
> Getting to Functional Requirements, part 3 - it's the process, dammit

FEATURED Business Analysis JOBS
> Business Systems Analyst Job
> Senior Business Application Analyst Job
> Business Analyst - Marketing Job

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