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Nov 12, 2018
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One of my former business analysts on the team asked me this question recently; ‘I am really over being a BA. How do I move into strategy?’ I got to the realization that she was associating ‘strategy’ with a job title which consists of certain tasks.  In my view, it appe...
One of my former business analysts on the team asked me this question recently; ‘I am really over being a BA. How do I move into strategy?’ I got to the realization tha...
Every profession in a sophisticated business structure has a certain mission attached to it. This mission includes the job duties and deliverables, but that’s not all. The o...
One of the Sidebars to the Business Agility Manifesto unabashedly indicts the software industry for its long-standing failure to provide direct support for obligations, a...

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Should your requirements practices embrace the change-driven approach of agile methods--lightweight models, minimal documentation, and little process? Or should you take a risk-driven approach--robust models, careful validation, and rich documentation? In this two-part weekly column, EBG Consulting's Ellen Gottesdiener explains that you should tail...
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Read about the lively Use Case Panel: Discussion Among the Gurus - a panel held at the 2002 Rational Users Conference. "Doug Rosenberg wouldn't have a 20-page use case. Ian Spence would. But, as Ellen Gottesdiener reminded the panel, it's not all about size. Welcome to the Use Case Panel: Discussion Among Use Case Gurus. And what a panel it ...
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Years of experience in defining requirements have led to the development of a number of techniques and models to assist in the process. Among these, perhaps the most well-known model is the use case, the focus of this paper. If you have experience with use cases, you know how pivotal they are for supporting many project activities, and you may be ...
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Just how important is it to fully develop your project’s requirements? After all, nailing down your requirements usually takes only 8% to 15% of your overall project effort. Truth be told, it’s not really something you’ll want to spend your resources and energy on—unless, that is, you care at all about the quality of your pr...
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This article explores the top nine reasons the author, requirements expert Ellen Gottesdiener, has heard for NOT doing requirements right -- and how to address these reasons in response.  Author: Ellen Gottesdiener
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Systems analysts research, plan, and recommend software and system choices to meet their client organizations’ business requirements. Systems analysts primarily function as links between vendors and organizations. They develop cost analyses, system designs, and implementation schedules. They also study the feasibility of computer systems befo...
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In the larger context of life, it is very clear that negotiation skills are very important and that those that have them are better off than those who don’t. What about in business analysis? Are negotiation skills important? The answer is an emphatic: YES! You bet they are! Business analysts negotiate or facilitate negotiations at...
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If you are an IT professional in India, thinking of working abroad, you might want to consider a business/systems analyst position. Why? It’s a position in high demand with high earning potential and which can serve as a great foundation for moving up the corporate ladder into management or business operations. In Money Magazine’s Be...
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So you have gotten your Cisco® or Microsoft® technical certifications to prove that you have mastered the technology; you've earned your Project Management Professional® to prove that you can plan and execute work effectively; what's next? For many of us it will be the Certified Business Analyst Professional (CBAP). This credential will...
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Every project has requirements. It doesn't matter if it's building hardware solutions, developing software solutions, installing networks, protecting data, or training users. For the project to be a success, knowing what the requirements are is an absolute must. Requirements exist for virtually any components of a project or task. For example, a p...
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 Software managers sometimes assume that every skilled programmer is also proficient at interviewing customers and writing requirements specifications, without any training, resources or coaching. This isn't a reasonable assumption. Like testing, estimation and project management, requirements engineering has its own skill set and body of know...
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 Most books and articles on software requirements are written as though you’re gathering requirements for a brand-new product—what’s sometimes called a green-field project. In reality, few people have that opportunity on every project. Many developers work on maintenance projects. In such a project you’re usually adding...
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In the July 07 newsletter of the International Legal Technology Association (ITLA) there is an article explaining the difference between the PM and BA role. It appears the ITLA is interested in improving clarity on the value of the BA.In recent years, there has been increasing recognition of the important roles business analysts (BA...
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The software industry is exhibiting an increasing interest in requirements engineering — that is, understanding what you intend to build before you’re done building it. Despite the hype of "Internet time," companies across many business domains realize that time spent understanding the business problem is an excellent investme...
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Today the term Business Analyst is synonymous with a career in the IT industry but the most successful and valuable analysts are those who understand the 'business' rather than those who understand IT. So what exactly is a Business Analyst? What is the Business Analyst’s role? What is the best background for this job? What skill set is required? What type of person is the best fit? What training is required and available?

Each organisation seems to have its own ideas about the role, skills, responsibilities and expectations of the Business Analyst. Given the importance of the job, a common definition would assist both practitioners and employers. We explore some of the issues here.

Written by Derrick Brown, IRM's Director and instructional designer, it shares first hand observations and experience gained from training thousands of Business Analysts since 1980, first in the UK and since 1984 in Australia.

Author: Derrick Brown

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