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Modern Analyst e-Journal: July 2013

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IN THIS ISSUE
Featured articles showcased in this issue:
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A Prototype is Nothing More Than a Picture
Can business analysis help finding the “missing” requirements?
> BA and UX specialist: A winning combination for superior results in software projects
> Developing Effective Agile Requirements Relies on Both User Stories and Use Cases

Webinars: Requirements Repositories, Analytics, Use Cases for Agile, and more....

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

FEATURED ARTICLES
A Prototype is Nothing More Than a Picture - UI Spec
by Paul Mulvey, Business Analyst, Speaker, Author
So that developers can code the solution and create the expected functionality, you need to create the accompanying description for the prototype. This could be called a user interface specification, or prototype functional description, or some other document. No matter what you name it (I’ll call it the User Interface Specification, or UI Spec), it’s the piece of information that explains in detail how the user interfaces with the software, and it sets up the expectations for the behavior of the system. 
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Feeling lucky?

Can business analysis help finding the “missing” requirements?
by Umbreen Sherwani, Business Analyst, SecondFloor
Missing requirements are usually not part of the long list of requirements that we have elicited and then prioritized with stakeholders. The irony is no stakeholder (including business analysts) identified these missing requirements during the project lifecycle - it just appeared out of the blue moon one day after the go live and no amount of process governance adopted during business analysis could ensure that such requirement was considered earlier.
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Business Analytics for Executives

BA and UX specialist: A winning combination for superior results in software projects
by Adriana Beal, Beal Projects
I’m a fierce proponent of a business analyst role separate from other roles, such as project manager. But what about user experience or interaction designers? Does every software project truly need a UX/UI specialist (or team of specialists)? Or could this aspect of the solution be taken care by the collaboration between the BA and the development team?

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Developing Effective Agile Requirements Relies on Both User Stories and Use Cases
by Nancy Y. Nee, CBAP, ESI International
There is a common misconception that Agile replaces the need for use cases with user stories. Questions on this topic have been posted on social network sites such as Skillsharks, blogs, Twitter, Facebook, etc. The question shouldn’t be “Do user stories replace use cases?” Rather, the question should be framed: “How do we leverage the power of use cases with user stories when developing effective Agile requirements?”

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Relevant Interview Questions
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Help a fellow BA: Forum Posts
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> Functional Requirements definition dilemma
> Separating requirements descriptions from their prioritization

FEATURED Business Analysis JOBS
> Business Systems Analyst Job
> Business Systems Analyst for Web Projects Job
> Senior Technical Business Analyst Job 

More BA Jobs...

Philips Electronics North America Corporation has the following job opportunity available in Somerset, NJ: Commercial Project Manager/ Black Belt (VP42-NJ) – Manage strategic projects for the Commercial organization. Position may require travel to various unanticipated locations throughout the US.
Submit resume by mail to: Philips People Services, International Mobility, 200 Minuteman Rd, MS 5302, Andover, MA 01810. Must reference job title and job code VP42-NJ. 

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