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Modern Analyst e-Journal: October 2013

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IN THIS ISSUE
Featured articles showcased in this issue:
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Are You BA or BOT?
How to Improve Your Meeting Facilitation Skills
> The Magic of Tabulation: How to Write Better Business Rules and Better Requirements
> Decisioning – the next generation of Business Rules

Webinars: Agile Requirements, Business Architecture, BACOE, and more....

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

FEATURED ARTICLES
Are You BA or BOT?
by Paul Mulvey, Director of Business Analysis at Enfocus Solutions
Do you know? If not, should you? I’m using BA as an abbreviation for Business Analyst (really, though, it’s one who performs business analysis regardless of the title) and BOT for “Business Order Taker” (also an abbreviated term for ROBOT). They are different in the way they approach business analysis. 
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Feeling lucky?

How to Improve Your Meeting Facilitation Skills
by Laura Brandenburg, CBAP, Bridging the Gap
It’s pretty rare to be a business analyst and not facilitate meetings...  In this article, we’ll look at 3 possible roles new BAs fill in meetings, how to expand your meeting facilitation experience, and review 5 critical meeting facilitation techniques that will help you run working, productive meetings.
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Business Analytics for Executives

The Magic of Tabulation: How to Write Better Business Rules and Better Requirements
by Ronald G. Ross, Business Rule Solutions, LLC
This article examines how to use tabulation to write better business rules. If you’re not writing business rules, well, you should be. Fortunately, the very same guidelines apply to writing requirements in general, so there is much to be gained on all fronts.

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Decisioning – the next generation of Business Rules
by Mark Norton, Director, Idiom Ltd
As hands-on business ownership of decision automation gains ground it is becoming apparent that fully automating a decision-making process requires an expanded concept of business rules that includes the ability to transform and/or derive data within the rules process itself, in order to align the input data with the policy statements that are driving the decisions; and to produce a wider range of outcomes.

Read more...

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Relevant Interview Questions
> What is a pre-condition in a system use case specification?
> What techniques do you use to keep a workshop discussion on track when participants act in a confrontational manner, or try to dominate the discussion with their own particular issues and concerns?
> What techniques do you use to plan and conduct requirements elicitation workshops?

Help a fellow BA: Forum Posts
> Best tool for prototyping?
> Need Help With Business Rules!!!
> Requirements Validation and Verification

FEATURED Business Analysis JOBS
> Program Evaluation Specialist/Data Analyst Job
> Lead Business Analyst Job
> Data Analyst Job 

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OCTOBER 2013

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