General Business Analysis

Sep 10, 2023
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As a business analyst, navigating groupthink is essential for delivering valuable insights and driving successful projects. By fostering a culture of inclusivity, promoting diverse perspectives, and encouraging critical thinking, business analysts can overcome the challenges of groupthink. Remember, effective negotiation of groupthink empowers teams to make informed decisions, enhances problem-solving capabilities, and ultimately contributes to improved project outcomes. Embrace these strategies, and you'll be well-equipped to lead your team towards successful and innovative solutions.

Aug 13, 2023
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Business Analyst plays a pivotal role in enabling change but there are still ambiguities around, “What does a business analyst do? Aren’t they just here to capture the minutes and requirements?

Aug 06, 2023
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Recently, a friend of mine called me saying her son, who is studying in college, needed help on a very urgent basis. I agreed to help. He and his student group wanted to discuss answers to specific time management questions. They also wanted to know some industry tools or personal productivity tools one may use. Later they said that my answers were helpful to them. So let me share with you those questions and answers.

Jul 30, 2023
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"So what do you do?"... You are networking, or with family or new friends and someone is bound to ask. This has become a laborious question for so many Business Analysts. It often becomes the running joke and each BA eventually lands on some level of elevator pitch that leaves the curious onlooker befuddled and sidestepping to move into the next topic.  But why is explaining the job of a Bubsiness Analyst so tricky and what does that mean for the future of the BA discipline?

Jul 23, 2023
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As I coach business analysts around the globe, there are 5 common Business Analysis career questions I receive consistently from aspiring and existing BAs and they are:

  1. How do I move into a BA Role with no BA Experience?
  2. What technologies should I know as a BA?
  3. What certifications should I pursue as a BA?
  4. What is the next logical role after becoming a BA?
  5. How do I show my value when no one knows what I do?
Jun 11, 2023
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A Technical Business Analyst (TBA) is a professional who bridges the gap between business and technology. They are responsible for understanding the business needs of an organisation and translating those needs into technical requirements that can be implemented by developers. TBAs typically have a strong understanding of both business and technology, as well as the ability to communicate effectively with both groups.     A digital business analyst (DBA), just like a TBA, is a professional who bridges the gap between business and technology. And, just like a TBA, they are responsible for understanding the business needs of an organisation and translating those needs into digital solutions that can be implemented by developers. DBAs typically have a strong understanding of both business and technology, as well as the ability to communicate effectively with both groups.

May 29, 2023
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As a general-use technology, artificial intelligence (AI) is being likened to the steam engine and its effects on the economy in the 17th century. As a result, it is generally agreed that AI and its applications have the potential to significantly alter entire industries through the disruption of value creation and the impact of business models and organizations through a number of mechanisms, such as the redistribution of decision-making authority. Artificial intelligence is changing the nature of work and the workplace as a whole through its integration into processes and activities. Developing a more in-depth comprehension of the consequences and implications for future companies and professions is essential for a new technology like AI. AI is transforming the way we produce software in general, from enhancing code quality to shortening the time required for repetitive chores like debugging and testing. The many advantages brought to the table by artificial intelligence would help engineers become more productive and efficient, thereby revolutionizing the software development process. It is relevant and important to not only investigate how AI might improve process productivity and efficiency but also to take the first steps toward understanding how to adopt a technology that is here to stay. Some of the potential AIs tools we may consider are ChatGPT, Copilot, and TabNine. ChatGPT is a chatbot powered by a big language model. It makes use of an AI designed to have in-depth conversations with humans in order to provide solutions to complicated problems. Its capacity to have natural-sounding conversations and respond in ways that make it seem human is quite astonishing. Copilot or “AI pair programmer” is a language-agnostic AI that can provide coding ideas through natural language questions, having been trained on billions of lines of code. TabNine is an artificial intelligence code completion helper to get extended snippet ideas and focused line code completions. TabNine reuses an organization’s common coding patterns to reduce unnecessary developer toil.

May 14, 2023
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Critical manufacturing systems need reliability more than ever. When systems fail, the consequences can be disastrous — from financial losses and injuries to loss of life.

That is why reliability techniques for analyzing fault tolerance are essential. With so many reliability techniques available, it can be difficult to determine which one is best suited for your needs.

In this article, we'll examine five different reliability techniques, each with its benefits and shortfalls. Let's explore these techniques to improve your understanding of fault tolerance analysis.

May 07, 2023
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In the new age of generative AI and its deeply statistical approach, it’s time for a major rethink of rules, and the many things they do for us. After all, we remain human, and we will always live and work in communities and groups of people. The first thing you find is that wrapped up in rules is important knowledge that can be passed on to others’ advantage, not least of which is to avoid risks. This discussion enumerates all the reasons for rules, not the least of which are fixing data quality and developing better requirements. Are rules front and center in your approach? They should be!

Apr 23, 2023
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Effective documentation is essential for successful business analysis, as it ensures that all stakeholders have a clear understanding of the goals, requirements, and processes. In addition, it helps identify potential risks and issues early on, so they can be addressed before they become major issues. It also allows  tracking changes and decisions over time. There are many kinds of documents business analysts create and maintain, including functional and non-functional requirement documents, release notes, design documents, feature overviews, process flow documents, etc.

Apr 09, 2023
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Many organizations acquire and adapt purchased packaged solutions (also called commercial off-the-shelf, or COTS, products) to meet their software needs, instead of building new systems from scratch. Software as a service (SaaS), or cloud, solutions are becoming increasingly available to meet software needs as well. Whether you’re using a package as part or all of the solution for a new project or implementing a solution in the cloud, you still need requirements. Requirements let you evaluate solution candidates so that you can select the most appropriate package, and then they let you adapt the package to meet your needs. This article describes several ways to approach requirements definition when you plan to acquire a commercial package to meet your needs.

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An information system maintains data in fields within records. Equally important is the system’s ability to navigate between records. Parts 5 thru 9 of this series discussed fundamental business data field types. This article discusses a record navigation field. These fields do not themselves contain business data, but support the system’s ability to navigate from a given record instance to business data in related record instances.

Feb 12, 2023
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People sometimes ask me, “What’s the most important lesson you’ve learned about software development in all that time?” Here it is, lesson #4 of the 60 lessons in my book Software Development Pearls: A usage-centric approach to requirements and design will meet customer needs better than a feature-centric approach.  Let me describe why I believe this is such an important principle.

Feb 05, 2023
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It's tough to predict the future and same goes towards predicting business trends with certainty. But we can always predict areas which are likely to be of prominence with a fair amount of certainty.  As we all know business analysis is a profession growing at a fast pace and will continue to see this trend of growth for at least next 10 years. If you are a proactive business analyst you must keep watch on the trending topics to stay ahead of the curve and be a futuristic leader.  Here are our top 6 picks for business analysts to watch out in 2023...

Jan 29, 2023
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This thought recently popped into my mind when someone asked me what template to follow when writing a user story. Perhaps you have encountered or asked this question before. As a Business Analyst, I want to use a template to write a user story, so that, my team will understand the requirements.  Do formats and templates really matter?

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