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Modern Analyst e-Journal: April 2012

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IN THIS ISSUE
Featured articles showcased in this issue:
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Why Create Multiple Requirements Views?
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What’s Really Needed to Align Business and IT Part 2: Strategy for a Business Solution
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The Virtual Business Analyst

> Which Should Come First, Requirements Management Tools or Processes? Hint: It’s Not What You Expect!

Webinar: Requirements Management Best Practices
Webinar: The Use Case Technique: An Overview

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

FEATURED ARTICLES
Why Create Multiple Requirements Views?
by Karl Wiegers, Principal Consultant, Process Impact
If you create only one view of the requirements, you must believe it. You have no other choice. If you develop multiple views, though, you can compare them to look for disconnects that reveal errors and different interpretations. There’s an old saying: “When the map and the terrain disagree, believe the terrain.” Unfortunately, we have no absolute “terrain” for requirements: every representation is a map!
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Business Analysis - Get Started

What’s Really Needed to Align Business and IT Part 2: Strategy for a Business Solution
by Ronald G. Ross, Co-founder & Principal of Business Rule Solutions, LLC
So many IT projects ultimately end in failure and are simply written off. Same old story, time and time again. Why is it so hard? What’s missing? Isn’t there a better way?! The answer is simply that business leads are not being properly engaged at the onset in sketching out key elements of a winning business solution. Business Analysts are not asking the right questions in the right way of the right people at the right time.
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The Virtual Business Analyst
by Paula Bell, BA Coach/Mentor/Speaker/Author
As I've had the honor and privilege of mentoring and coaching BAs, one of the areas that has been a challenge to some is moving from facilitating and eliciting face to face meetings to facilitating and eliciting virtual meetings. More and more BAs are working remotely, work for companies who have global businesses as well as companies looking at very creative ways to cut cost which may result in having business analysts work from home.

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Which Should Come First, Requirements Management Tools or Processes? Hint: It’s Not What You Expect!
by Joy Beatty, VP of Research and Development, Seilevel
I was asked my opinion about whether I’d want project managers to focus on processes first or tools first. Without hesitation, my response was “I don’t really care whether project managers focus on process or tools first, as long as they don’t get in the way of our doing good business analysis!”

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WEBINARS & EVENTS
Requirements Management Best Practices
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The Use Case Technique: An Overview
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> The Process of Determining Business Requirements
> Case Study: Using the Decision Model to Decompose Underwriting Calculations
> How Far Do You Take Your Business Process Models?

CBAP - Question of the Week Seven Steps to Mastering Business Analysis

Informative Forum Posts
> Use Case feedback
> Expectation from Business Analyst
> How did you gain experience and knowledge when starting out?

Relevant Interview Questions
> List the steps you would take to bring a product from idea to deployment and beyond
> Have you ever done any programming (and why does this matter)?
> Which is better: waterfall development or spiral development?

FEATURED Business Analysis JOBS
> Senior Business Analyst - Wire Transfers/Payments
> Business Analyst - Enterprise Application Services
> IT Analyst 2 - Governance

More BA Jobs...

Hewlett-PackardState & Local Enterprise Services, Inc. is acceptingresumes for Business Analyst in Palo Alto, CA. (Ref.#RSLPALBA21). Research, elicit, analyze, validate and document business requirements, and to ensure that requirements clearly reflect true business needs, correctly representing all stakeholders. Extensive travel required to various unanticipated locations throughout the U.S. Mail resume to Hewlett-Packard State & Local Enterprise Services, Inc.,5400Legacy Drive, MS H1-6F-61, Plano, TX 75024. Resume must include Ref.#RSLPALBA21, full name, email address & mailing address. No phone calls please. Must be legally authorized to work in the U.S. without sponsorship. EOE.

Cisco Systems, Inc. is accepting resumes for the following position in Reston, VA: Business Analyst (Ref#: REST2): Use Case/Business case development skills by interfacing with subject matter experts in business operations, business process, Org Adoption and IT team members. Please mail resumes with reference number to Cisco Systems, Inc., Attn: J51W, 170 W. Tasman Drive, Mail Stop: SJC5/1/4, San Jose, CA 95134. No phone calls please. Must be legally authorized to work in the U.S. without sponsorship. EOE. www.cisco.com

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