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By: Excellent Resources for Business Analysts | Practical Analyst

Mon, 04/13/2015 - 14:11

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By: Sherlock Holmes on the Necessity of Requirements | Practical Analyst

Thu, 04/09/2015 - 23:31

[…] business analysis to happenings outside the office (or vice versa, in this case), Terry over at the Requirements Defined blog posted an interesting article on how he, after some frustration in shopping for a car for his wife, […]

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By: » Business Analyst resource guide

Mon, 03/23/2015 - 03:11

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Visualizing data in the RAW

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 18:46
During the search for a better, easier ways to create images to represent software concepts, I’ve come across a few tools that do a good job creating basic, official-looking graphs. Many of these tools offer teaser trials in hopes of inducing you to buy a full featured version. Not so with the open web app […]
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Challenges of Being a Young Consultant

Tue, 02/24/2015 - 17:00
Being a consultant can sometimes be awkward. You get to a client site, and you are expected to work with brand new people who you may have never met. These people do not know your skill-set, they’ve never seen your work or heard your reasoning, and in some cases they might be wondering why you’ve […]
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Geeks with Empathy – The Key Traits a Business Analyst Must Possess

Thu, 02/19/2015 - 17:10
I recently participated in a Panel Discussion on the state of the Business Analyst Profession held by IIBA of Austin. One of the questions we tackled was the following: “What are the key traits that a Business Analyst must possess?” There are many qualifications and abilities that a good analyst must possess. The ability to […]
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One Stop Shopping

Tue, 02/17/2015 - 22:01
I get asked about my favorite tips and tricks for writing stories in an agile backlog.  One of my tips is to make it EASY for the engineers – give them “one stop shopping”.  Engineers aren’t lazy, but they don’t like having to hunt about for the documents and other artifacts they need to be […]
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Happy Agile Valentines Day!

Thu, 02/12/2015 - 17:00
Roses are red Violets are blue We’re going agile, How about you? It’s 6 weeks into the year and I know at least a handful of you are working for organizations who set a 2015 initiative to transform IT to agile practices. So how’s it going? Given we are 6 weeks into the year, and […]
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Homer Simpson, Difficult Stakeholder

Tue, 02/10/2015 - 16:00
I am a firm believer that any situation in life or in business can be traced to an episode of either The Simpsons or Seinfeld. In The Simpsons season 2 episode “Oh Brother, Where Art Thou,” the patriarch of the Simpson family designs a car, which provides a surprisingly sophisticated look into project team dynamics. […]
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Starting a Requirements Business – Getting Started

Thu, 02/05/2015 - 16:00
“You don’t tell the market what you are selling, the market tells you what it will buy” - I talk to a lot of people about starting businesses and a lot of them still think that a comprehensive business plan that takes months to develop is a key component to starting a business. It turns […]
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Sticking to our Guns

Tue, 02/03/2015 - 16:00
I’ve been working on a program that has certain been a challenge, both from the subject matter, the extremely short timeframes given (imposed governmental regulations that must be met), to the stakeholders (who have day jobs to perform as well). Everyone is under pressure, which can make for some short fuses as well as poor […]
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Setting boundaries in Agile Requirements Management

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 19:05
I was once part of a team at a consumer-facing technology company, who described themselves as incredibly fast-paced, operating within a rapidly changing environment. This team was smaller (4 developers in a 10-person business unit), so I expected the ability to get things done quickly to be one of our strengths. Upon joining, I was surprised to hear […]
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