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Business Analyst – First time when I heard this word while working for banking operations, I was really curious to know more about the role behind this word. One fine day, I was introduced to a person by my senior manager and was told that I need to explain him on the processes which we were doing in the banking operations. I initially though...
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This entry was published on Feb 11, 2016 / RANGA. Posted in Business Analysis, Getting Started as a Business Systems Analyst. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
Decision model and notation (DMN) is a nice way to model policies and make sure your business rules are implemented properly. Opposite to traditional approach in business rules which was the focus on the rules them selves, in DMN we start from decisions. Let’s work on a tangible example. In an employees benefits and entitlement system, you...
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This entry was published on Feb 01, 2016 / Arash. Posted in Business Rules, Business Analysis. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
Prepared by MindMeister tool   Have you ever planned a project or brainstormed an idea? It takes a lot of effort to manage the collected information in a way you can easily traverse through. On occasions you find yourself occupied with a lot of questions and confusion in scenarios such as You have a lot of details to get started with...
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This entry was published on Jan 21, 2016 / Surbhi Mahnot. Posted in Project Management, Business Analysis, Tools. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
Use case modelling is the most powerful requirements modelling technique to model solution requirements if applied correctly. I have come across many BA teams (including my own) that made lot of common mistakes in use case modelling. By avoiding the top 10 mistakes identified in this paper, BA teams can not only save lot of efforts in use...
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This entry was published on Jan 10, 2016 / Trividh Patel, CBAP. Posted in Requirements Analysis (BABOK KA) , Use Cases, Functional Specifications, Systems Analysis, Business Analysis. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
I am pleased to share the analysis of a Qualitative Survey to understand the backgrounds of Business Analysts (BAs) and the roles they have held prior to becoming BAs. This survey was conducted as an informal poll on LinkedIn. The numbers of participants are over 250 and hence are statistically significant to infer. Infere...
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This entry was published on Jan 10, 2016 / Trividh Patel, CBAP. Posted in Business Analysis, Career as a Business Systems Analyst, Getting Started as a Business Systems Analyst, Roles and Responsibilities. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
  What is MVP? Minimum Viable Product, is a technique in product development to develop a product with features enough to demonstrate the concept to the early adopters, i.e. a product with just the core features, nothing more. The term was coined by Frank Robinson and popularized by Steven Blank and Eric Ries The product concept is share...
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This entry was published on Nov 23, 2015 / Surbhi Mahnot. Posted in Project Management, Business Analysis, SDLC, Process, and Methodologies. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
Prototyping is a speedy creation of a full-scale model that helps evaluate a product without investing in actual development. It promotes effective communication Decreases development time Decrease chances of costly mistakes at later stages But the temptation to build something out-of-the-ordinary, being exceptionally creative a...
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This entry was published on Oct 12, 2015 / Surbhi Mahnot. Posted in User Interface & Usability. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
The average enterprise will need to manage 50 times more information by 2020 and while the amount of IT staff will only increase by 1.5%. This surge in unstructured data creates many tough challenges for business.    By XO Communications
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This entry was published on Oct 09, 2015 / XOCom. Posted in Data Analysis & Modeling. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
Nowhere is the need to implement and manage change more acute than within government agencies, nonprofits, and commercial businesses. Changing regulations, changing customer needs, new direction set by changing leadership, and the necessity to launch bigger, better, different products more and more quickly mean changes are inevitable. These sit...
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This entry was published on Sep 30, 2015 / ccecere. Posted in Business Rules. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
Most important part of any system analysis is to understand the existing system . In order to understand the existing system usually reading the existing documentation of the system helps , but if a chance permits before getting requirements from the business stakeholder or product owner ( in case of agile) . Identifying the current business proces...
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This entry was published on Sep 11, 2015 / arun charles. Posted in Business Process Management (BPM) . Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
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