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In Part 1 of this series it was stated that the overall objective of these articles is to improve the quality of requirements produced by business analysts. Following the adage that “Context is Everything” it established that a number of different contexts will&n...
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This entry was published on Apr 28, 2019 / Dan Tasker. Posted in Enterprise Analysis (BABOK KA), Requirements Analysis (BABOK KA) , Systems Analysis, Business Analysis. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
Clearly, the most important step in getting a job is being selected for an interview, and a key part in that process is having a resume that stands out from others.   For many people, creating a good enough resume is an obstacle in achieving this, and so one way to address this problem may be to get a professional to create one for you. J...
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This entry was published on Apr 18, 2019 / Alice Bolingeryn. Posted in Soft Skills. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
It may sound routine, but the importance of operational decisions cannot be underestimated. After all, not a day goes by without even the smallest business making dozens, if not hundreds of operational decisions that may affect the bottom line. Elevate these to large scale companies and we are talking thousands, if not millions of actions that impa...
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This entry was published on Apr 16, 2019 / Arash. Posted in Business Process Management (BPM) , Business Rules, Data Analysis & Modeling. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
At first, I wanted to tell people how they should go about getting their IIBA certification. But then I thought the best way to do this is by actually telling “how did I achieve my own CBAP?” So, friends here is my story. I started working as Business Analyst in 2002. I have used multiple elicitation techniques (such as interviewing,...
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This entry was published on Mar 09, 2019 / Trividh Patel, CBAP. Posted in Business Analysis, Career as a Business Systems Analyst, IIBA & BABOK, CBAP. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
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 manu...
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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.
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