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In my previous posts I outlined how I was able to succeed being the first and only BA at a company and the importance of establishing trust between you and the stakeholders.   So you're the first BA at a company.   All are looking at you and thinking what can this person do for me? Good question.   What can you do f...
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Do you want to be an effective BA?   The first step is to make the key stakeholders trust you. As I wrote in my previous post it is the first step in establishing yourself when you're the only BA in your organization.  When I joined and sat down for my first meeting with the project team not only was I met with stares of host...
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This entry was published on Jun 03, 2013 / Lee Grinberg, CBAP, PMP. Posted in Business Analysis, Soft Skills, Leadership & Management, Career as a Business Systems Analyst, Getting Started as a Business Systems Analyst. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
I remember as a 3rd grade student winning my school’s local Spelling Bee competition and going to compete in the county wide Spelling Bee. Part of the instructions we were given was that we could ask the judges two questions when we received our word. We could ask for the word to be used in a sentence and we could ask for the definition of the word...
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This entry was published on May 28, 2013 / Russell Brewer. Posted in Business Analysis. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
Background The Agile methodology originated within the software development industry. Since its inception in 2001 – Agile has expanded beyond an initial developer-centric community – to being embraced by multi-discipline teams working across numerous industries. The antecedent of Agile within IT was the Waterfall methodology. The Waterfall framew...
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This entry was published on May 27, 2013 / Ryan Thomas Hewitt. Posted in Requirements Analysis (BABOK KA) , Soft Skills, Agile Methods. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
Are you the first and only Business Analyst in your company?  If so, you know how hard it is to survive while doing your job and bringing about organizational change.  If not, you may be frantically thinking "How do I get out?!".  This post is to share my experience in how to not only survive but thrive! I joined a mid-size company...
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This entry was published on May 25, 2013 / Lee Grinberg, CBAP, PMP. Posted in Soft Skills, Leadership & Management, Career as a Business Systems Analyst. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
Dear Fellow Business Analysts, I have created two surveys as part of my research work. The surveys elicits your opinion on some notation designs related to use cases and statecharts. Both surveys will require no more than 15 minutes of your time. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated. The links to the surveys are as follows:   Use Cases s...
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This entry was published on May 21, 2013 / Dr. Mohamed El-Attar. Posted in Unified Modeling Language (UML), Use Cases, Structured Systems Analysis (DFDs, ERDs, etc.). Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
Agile is an attractive word. It means swiftness with discipline, with an emphasis on alertness to change in one’s external surroundings and quickly responding to change as needed. The word I want to focus on from above is "external". A prime example of the difference between internal (controlled) and external (un-controlled) is an operating enter...
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This entry was published on Apr 29, 2013 / David Wright. Posted in Business Rules, Agile Methods. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
According to the Strategies for Project Recovery report by PM solutions, based on 163 respondents, $74m invested in projects annually are at risk of failure. The report identified one of the top 5 causes of project failures as unclear, non-prioritized, contradictory, ambiguous and imprecise requirements. Information like this...
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This entry was published on Apr 04, 2013 / Stephanie Famuyide. Posted in Requirements Management and Communication (BABOK KA). Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
Im fresh out of high school and am interested in becoming a Business Analyst one day. I'd like to have information regarding what steps I need to take to become a Business Analyst. All information: What to study? (Bcom, MBA etc), Work experienced required? (in business as something close to analysis, or specific number of years etc), Becoming a Bus...
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This entry was published on Apr 03, 2013 / Bladimor. Posted in Business Analysis. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
Just to pass some time recently, I was reading a dictionary (like you do) and I came across the following definitions of architecture: The art and science of designing and superintending the erection of buildings and similar structures A style of building or structure Buildings or structures collectively The structure or desig...
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This entry was published on Mar 10, 2013 / Richard Skidmore. Posted in Business Analysis Planning (BABOK KA), Business Process Management (BPM) , Business Process Modeling Notation (BPMN) , Business Analysis. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
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