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Modern Analyst e-Journal: June 2008


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It's not easy to be a good business analyst!
The modern analyst of today is, more than ever, expected to wear multiple hats and must be versatile in a number of knowledge areas and disciplines.  This issue of the eJournal explores a number of  topics aimed at increasing your analysis competencies:
- check-out part II of Ellen's coverage of requirement's in Agile projects,
- discover Robin Grace's two laws of bugs in his eJournal debut, and
- learn to secure your projects by reading the first of a series of articles on security and the business analyst by Stewart Allen. 

- Adrian
Adrian Marchis, Publishing Editor

Agile Requirements, in Context
by Ellen Gottesdiener, EBG Consulting
As I discussed my May article for Modern Analyst, there's a lot of hype about the role of requirements in agile projects. Many people think you don’t “do” requirements on an agile project. Hogwash. Indeed, agile projects use requirements—but just enough requirements at just the right time.

Where did that bug come from?
by Robin Grace, IndigoCube
A colleague of mine asked me recently what makes a good Business Analyst, and this stumped me for a while. I had a rare opportunity to go trout fly-fishing recently and as the fishing was slow I was able to contemplate this question. You will gather from this that the question had worried me as I seldom think about work stuff when I am fly-fishing. So what does make a good Business Analyst?

Insert Security Here ->
by Stewart Allen, Information Security Consultant
How many times have you been at a project meeting, maybe a status update meeting, and heard a voice that isn’t familiar to you speaking up for the first time: “Ah... we need to put 5 days in the project to do our VA”? ... That unfamiliar voice at the table was an IT Security Analyst, facing a common challenge in the modern day business, getting the project implemented, while ensuring the right security controls are in place.

Lone Ranger: Kim Liddelow
Company: Self Employed
Title: Senior Business Analyst
What do you find challenging about your job?
Probably the office politics but that’s another story. I guess the most challenging thing is juggling multiple projects at the same time. They each have their own demands and deadlines. I can only do what I can do though, so I don’t fret about it very much. This is also one of the things I like best about my job - lots of variety.

Consultant & Author: David Wright
Company: IAG Consulting
Title: Senior Consultant 
What does a day in your role as Business Analyst look like?
On the most productive day, I am facilitating a Requirements Discovery Session with knowledgeable Business SMEs. The other days exist just to get to those productive days.

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