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Tuesday, 28 April 2015 10:10

Business Analysis According to Sherlock Holmes

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I have been reading and rereading Arthur Conan Doyle’s stories and novels about the brilliant detective Sherlock Holmes for years. With the possible exception of Edgar Allen Poe’s lesser known Auguste Dupin (see The Murders on the Rue Morgue), Holmes stands as the pre-eminent and archetypical critical thinker and detective of all time. Sherlock Holmes provides the model for all the genius eccentric crime solvers who occupy the books, airwaves, and movie theaters of today. Holmes has a lot to say about how to analyze information and evidence and deduce the best solution or the perpetrator of the crime.

In recent years, we’ve seen even the most conservative, tightly-structured organizations begin to experiment with agile and hybrid approaches. These organizations have a long and comfortable relationship with the traditional waterfall approach, but their curiosity leads them to dabble in agile. Where does this leave their well-defined and well-protected organizational templates, standards, and best practices?

Tuesday, 28 April 2015 09:45

Data Flow Diagrams - Are They Worth It?

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A picture is worth a thousand words - somebody surely captured a lot in this saying. I am a Business Analyst and I write business requirements so where does this fit in? Well, it does fit in the context of all the diagrams that a BA can leverage to put forth business requirements in concise manner. In this article, let’s explore the world of data flow diagrams.