For anyone waiting for the unveiling of the new certification program from International Institute of Business Analysis™ (IIBA®), I have been wondering whether such changes will be helpful for organizations and the practitioner community as a whole.

As a business analyst you can get only two distinct images of your project manager:

Use them to create linkage and connect with people

Agile has become a common methodology used in many projects, and it's being used more often. Experts agree that the future is not agile or another methodology, waterfall, but a hybrid of the two.1

Wednesday, 18 May 2016 07:47

Failing for Success

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Failing never feels good because, well, it feels like failure. Nobody wants to fail. We are driven to be number 1, top dog and the big winner. Nobody has ever said, “Wow! That’s awesome! You failed!” The black and white checkered flag falls, and the winner is ordained. The fear of failure is so strong and painful that it’s amazing how far we will go to avoid it. Fleeing, running, hiding, or avoiding it all together.

In the first installment of this series it was stated that the overall objective of these articles is to improve the quality of requirements produced by business analysts. Following the adage that “Context is Everything” it established that a number of different contexts will be explored. And in keeping with this principle it set business information systems as the context of the requirements to be addressed.

Note: Here is the 3rd episode of my ‘Coach Clinton 7-Steps to Accomplishment Methodology’ where I had set the stage for putting you on the track of accomplishment.

In a perfect project world, the cost of the project and the resources you use on it wouldn't be an issue and the best resources could be available to the project 24/7 from the beginning. Oh, and they wouldn't need sleep, and they would never get tired. In a perfect world - or at least some alternate universe.

There are many definitions, tools, and techniques that can be applied to strategy analysis. If you do an internet search you will find all sorts of options available. The challenge is selecting the best approach, tools, and techniques to use given the business problem or opportunity.

Tuesday, 03 May 2016 07:34

It's All About Decision Making

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In August 2013 I started out on a mission to convince the world what business analysis was really about. After long conversations about decision making with my colleague Kate McGoey, who first introduced me to the concept, I wrote this blog post "Decision Making: An Underlying Competency Or What A Business Analyst Does"

Tuesday, 03 May 2016 07:17

Just Know It - Requirements In Context

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I have long been a believer in the saying “Context is everything.” As a business analyst dealing with business users, understanding the context of the topic of discussion is essential.

When I sat down in a Canadian hotel room to write this article for BATimes, I had a completely different topic in mind—a rant about the length of TSA pre-check lines and how bad processes make life miserable for users. But as I was writing, I became more and more distracted by the news of Prince’s death. Social media started blowing up with Prince memories, pictures of buildings and monuments bathed in purple lights, and videos of spontaneous tribute parties in front of Prince’s Paisley Park headquarters and First Ave, one of Prince’s favorite clubs in Minneapolis.

Tuesday, 26 April 2016 08:42

Fill Your Business Analyst Toolbox

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Every good mechanic has a toolbox, and that toolbox literally gives the mechanic the confidence and capability to do whatever it takes to get the job done.

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