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I address my thoughts to those who are in IT management for whom the terms such as quality of project implementation development and profitability indicators of the company are important.  And it is also addressed to business analysts whose daily routine is the process of communication with Customer. A little about myself first. The last 8...
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This entry was published on Nov 10, 2018 / Ekaterina Barabash. Posted in Requirements Management and Communication (BABOK KA). Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
I have long been a believer in the saying “Context is everything.” As a business analyst dealing with business users, understanding the context of the topic of discussion is essential. In thinking about what constitutes quality requirements it occurred to me that there are a number of additional contexts that play a role. Examples inclu...
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This entry was published on Oct 22, 2018 / Dan Tasker. Posted in Elicitation (BABOK KA), Requirements Analysis (BABOK KA) , Business Analysis, SDLC, Process, and Methodologies. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
We are writing User Stories to fix the scope and describe - what our application should do when implemented.User Stories are great, because the are: Short, Defining Roles, A great connection of the requirement itself and a business need. User Story declared as a high level definition of the requirement, but it could be used to s...
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This entry was published on Oct 16, 2018 / Alexey Kiselev. Posted in Agile Methods. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
What’s the difference between ECBA CCBA and CBAP Certification? Which certification should I pursue ECBA CCBA or CBAP? How do I know which certification is right/suited for me? There are so many certifications I am completely confused which one to pursue? Can you please guide me on which certification should I go for?   These are s...
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This entry was published on Aug 11, 2018 / Ann P. Posted in Business Analysis. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
Process mapping vs. process discovery is akin to perceived reality vs. reality; the former rooted in subjectivity, the latter rooted in verifiable data. Elements of process mapping creep into process discovery, restricting an absolute dichotomy between the two. However, the critical differentiator between mapping and discovery lies in the distincti...
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This entry was published on Aug 06, 2018 / Simona from Minit. Posted in Business Process Management (BPM) , Business Process Modeling Notation (BPMN) , Data Analysis & Modeling, Analytical and Problem Solving Skills. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
What is Workflow Automation? As we are in a digital age, automation is everywhere in everyday activities and surroundings. This digital transformation impacts the value chain, the product/services portfolio, development and engineering, all the way to distribution, sales channels and customer relationships. Workflow automation replaces manual...
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This entry was published on Aug 01, 2018 / Byy. Posted in Project Management. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
  TRUST IN CONFLICT - THE HEALTHY WAY TO PICK A FIGHT!     Perched on top of the Royal Liver Building in Liverpool, the city I grew up in, is a very special couple; married for over 100 years and standing 18ft tall the legendary Liver Birds, Bella and Bertie have unflinchingly protected the city and her people since 1911. Bel...
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This entry was published on Jun 26, 2018 / Pjbussol. Posted in Roles and Responsibilities. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
Let me start by saying that a business rule is far more granular than a business decision, and that the two should never be confused. Today, it is an unfortunate fact that some vendors would have potential clients believe that there is synergy between business rules and business decisions. Perhaps this is because in an effort to differentiate one b...
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This entry was published on Jun 14, 2018 / Arash. Posted in Business Rules. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
Traceability is one of the lesser understood aspects of business analysis. It is indeed quite hard to maintain good traceability unless automated. This is why BABoK® warns us being theoretical about traceability. In this article, I would like to explain traceability concepts with help of an example. BABoK® definition of traceability: ...
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This entry was published on Apr 04, 2018 / LN Mishra, CBAP. Posted in Business Analysis. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
Most IT jobs have a clear, specific job description and career path. However, the business analyst career path tends to vary, as do the descriptions from job to job. The business analyst career path is best. Because, “There are career tracks that zigzag back and forth between IT and business. Someone might start as a business analyst, and the...
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This entry was published on Mar 21, 2018 / Hitendra 01. Posted in Career as a Business Systems Analyst. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
What is Data Analytics? To understand the meaning of Predictive Analytics, let’s describe what Data is first. Data is a collection of facts, information, and observations related to a context. The data can be either structured or unstructured, stored in databases, spreadsheets, files, etc. Data analytics is the science of examining the data ...
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This entry was published on Mar 13, 2018 / Arash. Posted in Data Analysis & Modeling. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
There are many definition of business rules and the one that I really like is that business rules are: Criterion used to: Guide conduct or actions. Shape judgments of behavior. Make decisions. Ronald Ross   Having this definition in mind, let’s see what challenges a traditional rules management system w...
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This entry was published on Mar 13, 2018 / Arash. Posted in Business Rules. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
Patient diagnosis using Predictive Analytics In previous post we discussed different levels of Analytics, here we show a practical example of Predictive Analytics. What if Doctors and Patients could not just get a second opinion, but a third and fourth, and fifth, and so on? We believe that our doctors are all medical experts but patient diag...
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This entry was published on Mar 12, 2018 / Goli Tajadod. Posted in Data Analysis & Modeling. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
One of my favourite questions to ask candidates when I was in the executive recruitment game was “In your experience what makes a successful (insert name of role I was recruiting for)”. It was a great catch-all question as the answers provided gave a very good indication of where the candidate sat on the professional continuum for the ...
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This entry was published on Mar 01, 2018 / EA Learning. Posted in Business Process Management (BPM) . Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
Disaster recovery entails processes that ensure the swift re-establishment of an enterprise’s important data, IT systems, and applications in the event of an unexpected outage caused by either a man-made or natural disaster. The importance of disaster recovery is clear when assessing the costs to enterprises of system outages—accord...
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This entry was published on Feb 14, 2018 / Limor Wainstein. Posted in Roles and Responsibilities. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
Around this time 12 months ago Gartner predicted that half of EA Business Architecture initiatives in 2018 would focus on defining and enabling Digital Platform Strategies. While there hasn’t been follow up research to prove whether this prediction has come true, anecdotal evidence would suggest that the real situation is pretty close. In th...
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This entry was published on Feb 13, 2018 / EA Learning. Posted in Business Analysis. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
Business development broadly refers to activities that create long-term value for an organization by implementing growth opportunities for an organization, such as forming a partnership that helps sell a product in a new market. Sales development, while closely related to business development, is a separate area that entails creating value for ...
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This entry was published on Jan 29, 2018 / Limor Wainstein. Posted in Roles and Responsibilities. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
On a recent Agile training course, the instructor opened the session by saying “Agile without a plan is just chaos!” I would like to propose that Agile without effective Architecture will eventually lead to chaos, particularly if organisations try to scale their Agile practices without some form of guiding framework. The fundamental r...
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Business analysts typically gather and interpret data from many areas within an organization, finding solutions to business problems and improving business processes with all that data. A business analyst may measure and improve on such disparate things as warehouse efficiency and cloud software implementation. A marketing analyst, on the other...
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This entry was published on Jan 07, 2018 / Limor Wainstein. Posted in Business Analysis Planning (BABOK KA). Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
My current, favourite question for Executives and Architects is “How do you see Architecture operating in an Agile environment.” This question usually elicits a wry smile and a response along the lines of “I will need to get back to you on that!” Many people are wondering how Architecture will fair in the world of Agile. My ...
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This entry was published on Jan 04, 2018 / EA Learning. Posted in Leadership & Management. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
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