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Modern Analyst e-Journal: July 2010

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Featured articles showcased in this issue:
Video: What is a Senior Business Analyst?
Why Decision Tables are not enough
An Overview of Requirements Elicitation
Give Us Back Our Verbs!

Also in this issue:
> More Business Analyst Humor
Even more Resources for Business Analysts
New Interview Questions

Video: What is a Senior Business Analyst?
by Laura Brandenburg, Bridging the Gap
I get this question and variations of it all the time! What is a senior business analyst? What skills do I need to develop to become one? What are the most valued business analyst competencies? This is a tough question. And although finding the answer can be difficult, it’s also a tough question because it has multiple answers. 
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Why Decision Tables are not enough
by Barbara von Halle and Larry Goldberg of KPI LLC
Decision tables have long been a successful technique for representing structured logic. Being visual, they circumvent the need for unnatural formal language or grammar. We use them not only to communicate that logic, but also to automate it. They are especially useful for validating the logic’s completeness and consistency. Yet, this article advocates that this is not enough.

iRise Software for the Business Analyst - Using Visualization to Get Requirements Right

An Overview of Requirements Elicitation
by Morgan Masters, Staff Writer at ModernAnalyst.com
A thorough discovery of business requirements is almost never readily available at an analyst’s fingertips—rarely can requirements be quickly looked up as one would gather information for a term paper or study for a test. Much of business or technical requirements are not documented anywhere...


Give Us Back Our Verbs!
by Ronald G. Ross, Featured Speaker at AttainingEdge.com 
Data models and class diagrams are generally created to serve design purposes. If they include verbs at all, they are not vetted against business rules or other forms of operational business communication. Verbalization depends on well-constructed sentences, which in turn puts a premium on verbs...
Read more...  

Business Analysis Conference Europe (IIBA UK)
September 27-29, 2010 - London, UK -  More Details

Business Analysis Forum: The Official IIBA Conference
October 17-21, 2010 - Washington, DC -  More Details

World Congress for Business Analysts 
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Featured JOBs for Business Analysts
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> Business Analyst II to gather requirements for Business/IT processes

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Seven Steps to Mastering Business Analysis

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   Even the best business analysts can get frustrated with the stakeholders…  

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