May 19, 2024
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Every decision-making group should first decide how they will arrive at their conclusions by selecting appropriate decision rules.  Too often, when people begin to collaborate on some initiative, they don’t discuss how they’re going to work together. An important—and sometimes adversarial—aspect of collaboration is making high-impact decisions that influence the project’s direction. 

May 12, 2024
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Well-crafted strategic plans are mapped in detail from business design to agile solution delivery and execution to enable the necessary changes within an organization in response to customer needs, competition, and innovation. To achieve its strategies and goals, a firm needs to map and disseminate them cohesively throughout its organization using its entire planning ecosystems from executives, mid-level managers, strategists, business architects, enterprise architects, change managers, process experts, business analysts, and agile experts using the 7 levels of strategy mapping.

May 05, 2024
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In the realm of software development, the clarity and accuracy of software requirements are pivotal for project success. Traditionally viewed as static documents to be archived post-project, this perspective neglects their ongoing potential.

Living software requirements is a paradigm where these documents evolve continually with the software, serving as an enduring source of truth. This approach not only maintains relevance but also actively shapes the software’s lifecycle, promoting adaptability and precision in development processes.

They ensure that as software grows and changes, the documentation is not left behind, thus avoiding the pitfalls of outdated or irrelevant information - because often zero documentation is worse than out of date documentation!

Apr 28, 2024
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My boss is from the old school and he keeps talking about our ‘requirements repository’. We are trying to do agile, specifically Scrum. Are the user stories the requirements repository in Scrum? What should I tell him?

Apr 21, 2024
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Although use cases are valuable for many projects, sometimes event analysis is a more effective requirements elicitation technique. Valuable as they are, use cases aren’t the ideal tool for every type of product. A complementary requirements elicitation strategy is to explore the various events that a system or product could experience and how it should respond to each of them. The response depends on what state the system is in when it detects the event. Event analysis is particularly well-suited for middleware products and real-time systems that include both software and hardware components.

Apr 14, 2024
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 In today's agile and automation driven times, knowing relevant aspects of brain's mode of working will help. It will help with finding more optimal (and conscious) ways to improve creativity and adaptability in our work. In turn this will help in becoming more successful as a Business Analyst. Let's explore a few scenarios from a business analyst's job. Let's validate if the steps are re-used because they work the best (default mode). Or it is because they are actually suited for the situation.

Apr 07, 2024
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In the world of Business Analysis, where interpersonal skills, communication skills, and analytical acumen are celebrated, there exists a silent yet enormous barrier that often goes unnoticed—the barrier of “Fear.”  To ascend from being a proficient business analyst to a truly exceptional one, it is important to confront and conquer the Top 10 Fears...

Mar 31, 2024
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In complex environments, cognitive load (relating to tax complexity and multiple inputs that affect decision-making) can significantly hamper the quality and efficiency of project choices. High-performance business analysts can play an integral and important role to avoid this issue by advocating for the adoption of a decision-making compass to deliver insight to stakeholders about how well their objectives may be satisfied by potential alternative courses of action. The next time you’re embarking on a high-stakes project, make sure you have a decision-making compass ready to use, even if only informally defined. While there is no guarantee that applying it to project choices will completely eliminate the risk of mistakes, it will no doubt help move things in the right direction and maximize performance.

Mar 24, 2024
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As a seasoned application architect who once walked in the shoes of a business analyst, I understand the desire to embark on a career transition journey. Making the leap from analyzing business processes to designing intricate software systems may seem daunting, but I'm here to tell you that it's not only possible but also incredibly rewarding. Drawing from my own personal experience, I want to offer some advice and encouragement to fellow business analysts who aspire to become application architects.

Mar 17, 2024
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As a member of a team of systems analysts, I recently embarked on a challenging project involving mortgage origination systems. Little did we know, this journey would be characterized by uncertainty at every turn. Assigned with deciphering complex requirements and translating them into a functional system, we found ourselves navigating unfamiliar territory with a mix of excitement and apprehension.

Mar 14, 2024
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Yesterday my day started like any other day…  I woke up, got ready, and went about my usual tasks. Little did I know that a seemingly trivial incident would offer me profound insights applicable to my role as a business analyst. As I hurriedly moved through my home, preoccupied with thoughts for the day ahead, I carelessly stubbed my...
Mar 10, 2024
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So as a BA, you are important and beneficial to an organization. You are extremely critical to an organization. Now all you have to do is demonstrate how and here are some tips on how to demonstrate value.

Business Analysts elicit and document requirements in some way, shape, or form. By thoroughly understanding the needs and objectives of stakeholders, YOU ensure that projects and initiatives are aligned with the organization's strategic goals and objectives. Therefore, you are helping the organization to live up to the clear direction and purpose that was set, minimize conflict, promote teamwork, and ensure resources are utilized efficiently.

Mar 03, 2024
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Companies that treat the documentation of customer stated needs, wants, demands, desires, ideas, specifications as the focal point of the BA work tend to pay a steep price by solving the wrong problem or addressing a problem manifestation rather than the underlying business issue. And now, with LLMs readily available to produce similar outputs at a much faster pace, there is reason to believe that these document-centric roles will soon join the statistics of LLMs replacing human jobs.

An adept BA, on the other hand, has no reason to fear an existential threat. It’s hard to predict exactly how generative AI will end up integrated into our work lives going forward. Still, LLMs are far from being able to send stakeholders in the desired direction, identify the initiatives that actually make sense and are likely to produce the desired result, and reliably answer the question, How does this project/feature/requirement we’re working on contribute to the organization’s strategy?

Feb 25, 2024
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Much like a coach orchestrating a championship-winning sports team, the BA plays a multifaceted role in ensuring the effectiveness and efficiency of agile initiatives. They are tasked with guiding the team through the intricacies of information gathering, requirements elicitation, analysis, and prioritization, aligning disparate perspectives towards a common goal. Moreover, the BA acts as a catalyst for collaboration, fostering an environment where diverse skill sets converge to deliver tangible outcomes.

Feb 19, 2024
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The business analysis approach forms the backbone of successful projects. It provides a roadmap for stakeholders, enhances communication, mitigates risks, and ensures alignment with business objectives.

While investing time in planning may seem burdensome, it significantly reduces the risk of project failure. Emphasizing the significance of a well-defined approach and encouraging its implementation is the responsibility of business analysis professionals to deliver successful outcomes in their projects.

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