Oct 29, 2023
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DevOps emphasizes rapid development, continuous integration, and automation, which presents a unique challenge in terms of aligning it with the often more structured and linear process of requirements gathering and documentation. This article discuss this tension between two paradigms and how to harmonize them. In this article, we explore the challenges of harmonizing traditional requirements engineering practices with the dynamic nature of DevOps. By embracing open collaboration, continuous feedback, adaptability, and traceability, DevOps teams can navigate these challenges and pave the way for seamless integration. In the context of DevOps, requirements cannot be static artifacts; they become living entities that evolve in tandem with the software. This article is a reflection on the challenges of integrating RE in DevOps and an exploration of avenues to achieve seamless integration.

Oct 22, 2023
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Artificial Intelligence is no more a buzzword, and it has been making waves in the tech industry. We are experiencing AI in our day-to-day life in the form of chatbots, Voice assistants in serving customers' requests, forecasting market trends, detecting possible future ailments, and much more. In recent years, businesses have begun adopting AI to improve their operations and gain a competitive edge. But what does this mean for business analysts and BA jobs? With the rise of AI, will Business Analysts become obsolete, or will it create new opportunities? Let's dive into how artificial intelligence affects business analysis and explore what the future holds for those in this field.

Oct 15, 2023
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Our world of communities and groups of people is highly complex. Interactions are fraught with risks. Our technologies (including automobiles and AI) make it only more so. We need real-time, on-the-spot help to guide us through complex activity safely and productively for just about everything we do these days. Actually, we have no choice. Complexity is here to stay. Read how an altogether new view of rules makes a world of difference.

Oct 07, 2023
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There are many reasons professionals like yourself want to pursue certifications. Certifications offer several benefits and advantages that can help you advance your career and reach your personal and professional goals. Understanding WHY you want to pursue a professional certification is key. There are some professionals who have certifications but cannot successfully demonstrate the concepts learned in the course or program. This then makes you wonder what was the reasoning behind obtaining the certification in the first place. 

Oct 01, 2023
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The COVID-19 pandemic made remote work and virtual teams more popular than ever before. This remote work model seems to be here to stay. According to recent surveys, a high percentage of workers now choose a hybrid work paradigm that involves both remote and in-person work arrangements. It is important to understand its impact on organizations and employees and develop best practices for thriving in this new work paradigm. Successful virtual team collaboration across cultural, organizational, and geographical boundaries requires effective communication that overcomes barriers such as time zone disparities and language barriers. The success of software development projects is dependent on the efficacy of communicating requirements, which can be particularly difficult in virtual teams due to language, culture, and modes of communication. This article aims to examine the prevalent obstacles that arise in requirements communication and suggest potential approaches to improve requirements communication within virtual team settings.

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As business analysts, it's our primary responsibility to bring clarity to requirements communication. Unfortunately, many words spoken by our stakeholders can be ambiguous. Not understanding these words in their proper context or without adequate information can lead to situations where different stakeholders can have a different understanding of the same word.

Sep 24, 2023
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The integration of AI into requirements management signals a transformative juncture, promising heightened efficiency, insightful perspectives, and streamlined processes. While challenges persist, a methodical approach to AI implementation offers a pathway to reaping these benefits. Organizations poised to embrace AI stand to elevate their requirements management processes, fostering superior project outcomes and innovation-driven success.

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My single most important recommendation to anyone considering the use of outside consultants is simple: Get everything in writing! Clearly define the work assignment, get a signed agreement spelling out the terms of the assignment, and demand regular status reports.

I am always amazed how companies give consulting firms carte blanche to perform project work as they see fit. Abdicating total control to a consultant is not only irresponsible, it is highly suspicious and may represent collusion and kickbacks.

There is nothing magical in managing consultants. It requires nothing more than simple planning, organization, and control. If you are not willing to do this, then do not be surprised with the results produced. Failure to manage a consultant properly or to adequately inspect work in progress will produce inadequate results. So, do yourself (and your company) a favor, do your homework and create a win-win scenario for both the consultant and yourself.

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.

Sep 04, 2023
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This is no different from the technology dilemma that many BAs find themselves in as they work to advance their BA career. There is no way you can learn everything at one time, but you can take gradual steps to continue to advance your skills.  So don't fear, I am here with some tips on how to approach this dilemma and lessen some of that overwhelm that plaques business analyst. And I truly believe the reason this is a stress is because you want to stay relevant in the field of business analysis if you are currently in a BA role or working to obtain a BA role.

Aug 27, 2023
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Natural Language Processing (NLP) is a branch of artificial intelligence that aims to allow machines to comprehend, interpret, and generate human language. It comprises developing algorithms and models capable of processing natural language input such as text, voice, and pictures in order to do activities traditionally performed by humans. Recent developments in machine learning technology, as well as the availability of large natural language datasets, have allowed NLP to make great strides in recent years. Quality checks, extraction, classification of requirements, requirements modeling, traceability of requirements, and retrieval are the six main areas of focus for NLP tools and studies. In this article, I discuss these advances in NLP for requirements engineering (RE). NLP for requirements engineering is a growing field of study, yet there is a disconnect between research findings and practice. This is because there aren’t enough high-quality data sources and domain-specific requirements sources. Despite this, scientific progress has been made in showing potential. The community of practitioners should collaborate with academics and tool suppliers to influence the direction of NPL for RE.

Aug 20, 2023
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Process Mining is a subject that has garnered a lot of attention over the past two to three years. Much of the noise has centred around the mergers and acquisitions in the vendor space, and contrary to what some write, it is still in its infancy when it comes to end user adoption.

Some academics and industry analysts suggest that Process Mining is a technique that replaces the need for traditional business and process analysis, but this is never likely to be the case. Instead Process Mining and its closely related cousin Task Mining, are complementary to traditional approaches, and should be thought of in the context of “and” rather than “or”.

For the past 30 or more years we have increasingly applied automation to processes, both with and without proper documentation. The result is that many of the processes we use, business decisions taken, rules applied, and customer journeys are now embedded or hidden within systems. This cloak of “invisibility” makes it practically impossible for us to apply traditional analysis techniques to discover and analyse these rules, processes decisions and journeys. 

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?

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