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Modern Analyst e-Journal: November 2012

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IN THIS ISSUE
Featured articles showcased in this issue:
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NANW: There is life outside the waterfall – agile continuum
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Business Rules, Requirements and Business Analysis: Basic Principles - Part 1
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3 Ways to Conduct Elicitation Even If You Aren’t in a Business Analyst Role

> More on Decision Tables and The Decision Model in Practice

Webinar: Empowering the Business Analyst to Deliver Strategic Analytics with Ease
Webinar: The Knowledge Explosion: How to crank up productivity and be a dynamite leader

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

FEATURED ARTICLES
NANW: There is life outside the waterfall – agile continuum
by Adriana Beal
A great approach under the right circumstances, agile is not a universal solution for successfully completing a software project. Some projects are simply not compatible with most agile practices. For such projects, NANW has been driving results in terms of project and rework costs, integration time, and improved quality as reported by customers.
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Business Rules, Requirements and Business Analysis: Basic Principles - Part 1
by Ronald G. Ross, Business Rule Solutions, LLC
How do business rules fit with requirements? What role should business rules play in business analysis? Do business rules offer something to agile projects? This column, the first in a series of three, explains the deep insights offered by the Business Rules Manifesto on these questions. Already read it? You may be surprised by what you find here!
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3 Ways to Conduct Elicitation Even If You Aren’t in a Business Analyst Role
by Laura Brandenburg, CBAP, host of Bridging the Gap
Elicitation is a fundamental business analyst skill and is used by BAs and non-BAs alike to: Gain clarity on what’s expected from a project assignment; Understand an existing business process or system; or Create a shared understanding of the problem to be solved. You can even use elicitation techniques as a sales person to understand your potential customers’ pain points or at home when trying to understand your spouse’s point of view on a contentious subject.

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More on Decision Tables and The Decision Model in Practice
by Barbara von Halle and Larry Goldberg, KPI LLC
This month’s column is not a debate about decision table theory versus decision model theory. Instead, it focuses on current practices for decision tables and those of The Decision Model. It covers (1) Four Benefits of Decision Tables (2) Decision Tables in Practice (3) The Decision Model in Practice (4) The Science Behind the Transformation Steps and (5) Wrap Up: A Leap in Maturity.

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MORE FROM ModernAnalyst.com
More Articles & Posts of Interest
> Solution Scope – An Insight
> Business Rules, Business Processes, and Business Agility: Basic Principles - Part 2
> The Language of Systems

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Relevant Interview Questions
> When do you use the Use Case relationship Extend versus Include?
> Describe what is meant by White Box Testing.
> What is Infrastructure as a Service?

Informative Forum Posts
> Dilemma about defining business rules and using business rule engines
> Expectation from Business Analyst
> Improving BA Visibility...

FEATURED Business Analysis JOBS
> Enterprise Business Systems Analyst Job
> IT Business Analyst Job
> Business Analyst II

More BA Jobs...

HP Enterprise Services, LLC is accepting resumes for Business Analyst in Downers Grove, IL (Ref. #ESDOWATH1). Research, elicit, analyze, validate and document business requirements, and ensure that 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. #, 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 Research Triangle Park, NC: Business Analyst (Ref#: RTP18): Use Case/Business case development skills by interfacing with subject matter experts in business operations, business process, Org Adoption and IT team members. Customer Operations Analyst (Ref#: RTP102): Conduct preliminary interviews to determine a comprehensive stakeholder and subject matter expert list. Provide consultation and independently solve complex product and network problems. Please mail resumes with reference number to Cisco Systems, Inc., Attn: J51W, 170 W. Tasman Drive, Mail Stop: SJC 5/1/4, San Jose, CA 95134. 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 in Trenton, NJ (Ref. #SLTREBA11) and Columbus, OH (Ref. #SLCOLBA11). 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. #, 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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