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Modern Analyst e-Journal: March 2012

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IN THIS ISSUE
Featured articles showcased in this issue:
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The 21st Century BA: The Adaptive Business Analyst
What’s Really Needed to Align Business and IT Part 1: Creating True Business Solutions
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3 misconceptions I would like to see removed from the Agile Extension to the BABOK®

> The Six Blind Men and the Requirements

Webinar: 10 Key Business Analysis Trends for 2012
Webinar: How the Business Analysts can Align Agile Development with Business Priorities

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

FEATURED ARTICLES
The 21st Century BA: The Adaptive Business Analyst
by Kitty Hass, PMP, Sr. Practice Consultant, Kathleen Hass & Associates, Inc.
Employers are looking for critical thinking and an ability to adapt, invent, and reinvent; collaborate, create, and innovate; and an ability to leverage complexity to compete. Standout companies are using projects as the hotbed of creativity – so that means BAs and PMs have to step up their game. According to the 2011 CHAOS Report from The Standish Group, only 37% of projects delivered on time, on budget, with required features and functions. 
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What’s Really Needed to Align Business and IT Part 1: Creating True Business Solutions
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? Why can’t we figure out beforehand whether some solution will actually work once we roll it out? Most project management approaches and many IT methodologies include steps for building business cases and provide guidelines for project planning and estimating. What’s missing?
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3 misconceptions I would like to see removed from the Agile Extension to the BABOK®
by Adriana Beal, MBA
The Agile Extension to the BABOK® describes “business analysis areas of knowledge, their associated activities and tasks, and the skills necessary to be effective in their execution within the framework of agile software development”. Below are 3 misconceptions that, in my opinion, the current draft of the Agile Extension is helping perpetuate.

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The Six Blind Men and the Requirements
by Karl Wiegers, Principal Consultant, Process Impact
There’s an old fable about six blind men who encountered an elephant for the first time. Although they couldn’t see it, they wanted to learn what an elephant was like. Each of them touched a different part of the elephant. The first man wrapped his arms around the elephant’s leg and said, “Why, an elephant is just like a big tree.” “No,” said the man who held the elephant’s tail, “an elephant is like a rope...." 

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10 Key Business Analysis Trends for 2012
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How the Business Analysts can Align Agile Development with Business Priorities
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MORE FROM ModernAnalyst.com
More Items of Interest
> Book Review: Building Business Capability by Ron Ross and Gladys Lam
> When Not Knowing The Answer is OK - Especially for the Business Analyst
Thoughts on the Agile Extension of the BABOK

BABOK Crossword Puzzle -  BA Mentor     Seven Steps to Mastering Business Analysis     

Informative Forum Posts
> What makes a good portfolio? Too many certs?
> Should i use the Use cases OR general requirement description OR flow charts when writing a system...
> Business process modeling tool (BPM)

Relevant Interview Questions
> Describe the User Centered Design methodology
> What are Personas and how are they used during application design?
> What is meant by application usability?

FEATURED Business Analysis JOBS
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