November 2008 - Modern Analyst e-Journal - The Business Analysis & Systems Analysis Magazine

Modern Analyst e-Journal: November 2008
Modern Analyst Journal

Tools of the Trade
Have you used RUP and found it too complex?  Have you used Agile and it was not enough?  Maybe you should combine them!  Glenn Brûlé proposes the development of new process hybrids by taking what you need from existing ones.  Also in this issue: get up to speed on Threat Risk Assessment and explore the benefits of business analysis.

And some great news:  We are starting our Web Seminar program with our first webinar on November 19thRegister today as space is limited!

- Adrian Marchis, Editor

Integrating and Understanding Standard Business Analysis Methodologies To Develop New Technology Hybrids
by Glenn Brûlé, Director of Client Solutions for ESI International
Here’s a new and creative specific manner in which Business Analysis can concurrently interact with RUP and Agile methodologies. One might call such a hybrid “Ragile”. This emerging hybrid theory integrates the components of RUP’s discipline and Agile’s creativity. The combination of both is converted into a powerful opportunity.
Read more... 

Advance Your IT Career

Getting up to Speed on Threat Risk Assessment Finding Reports
by Stewart Allen, Certified Information Security Consultant
Many business analysts and project managers dread having to read and evaluate a 'Thread Risk Assessment' report.  The stress comes from a lack of understanding of the security details. A proper Threat Risk Assessment for a project should give you a clear “where we stand” viewpoint and should not be confusing.

What are the Benefits of Business Analysis?
by Guy Beauchamp, BA Mentor & Trainer
The depressing but true answer is that the benefits are usually invisible: good Business Analysis ensures that the project implements the right solution, and because it is the right solution no-one ever sees all the cost, time and effort that has been avoided.
Read more... 

How to get started Documenting Processes with Business as an equal partner
When: Wednesday, November 19, 2008 9:00 AM - 9:30 AM PST 
Details: Space is limited!  Reserve your Webinar Seat Now!

Sr. Business Analyst: David Smith
Company: HBOS plc 
Title: Senior Business Analyst
What have you found that makes your job easier?
Microsoft Visio - until recently I was producing BPM's and Flowcharts in PowerPoint! I'm sure that there are packages out there that would make other aspects of my job easier, but working for a large company you only tend to be able to use 'standard applications'.

Articles of Interest
Ten Application Definition Best Practices
The Creative Business Analyst - Part 1
The How To of Essential Modeling

Informative Forum Posts
Essential skills to excel as a Business Analyst
BPMN Flow Diagram
BA certification - why bother?

Relevant Interview Questions
What is a S.M.A.R.T. goal statement or objective statement?
What is a fishbone diagram?
What is a SIPOC Diagram?


Business Analysis Training from ESI

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