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TA DA! Beyond Requirements Excerpt

I’m excited to announce that the book I’ve been working on for the last three years is available! In celebration (and a little promotion), I thought I would share an excerpt. I chose the excerpt below because it discusses some helpful concepts for analysts, regardless of whether you are working in an agile setting or not. […]

Ice Breaker and Energizer Infographic

Many of our training courses include what we like to refer to as Job Aids – tidbits of advice from our instructors to use as a reference when applying the class materials in the real world. One such Job Aid from our Facilitating a Requirements Workshop course, focuses on Ice Breakers/Energizers: when to use, when not […]

BA Expert Ice Breaker Ideas for a Winning Facilitated Session

We’ve all been there – standing in front of a group of stakeholders, trying to get them to 1. communicate 2. appreciate differences 3. focus and 4. be creative. Needless to say, conducting a facilitated session can certainly be a challenging role for a business analyst. One technique that we recommend in our classes is […]

Feed the Business Analysts, Not the Kangaroos

Earlier this week, I returned from a 2 week trip to New Zealand and Australia. The trip was initially spurred by the invitation for our New Zealand partner, Blair Loveday, and I to speak at the BBC Sydney. However, with such an opportunity, I quickly turned the event into a mini-tour of down under. Starting […]

“AS IF” – Four Steps For Getting and Using Feedback

As if you thought it was impossible to associate the complexity of business analysis with the simplicity of Clueless, I’ve done it! No matter who you are, what you know or what you can do for your company, knowing how to request and manage feedback is one of the most important skills you will need […]

A BA’s Unconventional Guide to Summer Reading

Many of you might have started out the summer with a Summer Reading List full of the latest mystery, romance or other top New York Times Best Sellers publications. However, as August approaches (I know…can you believe it?!), I challenge you to focus the rest of your summer to a new kind of reading list…consider this your Sunsantional Reading […]

10 BA Revolutionaries that Changed Your Life

It’s July 4th this week in America and we had a thought, “What better way to celebrate than to recognize the true revolutionaries in our industry?” These are the people that forged the sometimes lonely road with their determination and passion to make the business analysis profession what it is today, a recognized valued asset […]

Choose the Right Decision Criteria for Business Analysis

During a recent Facilitating a Requirements Workshop class, my students and I had great discussion regarding decision making criteria. In follow up, my students asked me for a quick write up and I wanted to share. How do we decide which alternative is the best when trying to help a group make a decision? We […]

Implement Decision Filters for Organizational Alignment

This blog was orignally published on our VP of Product Development, Kent McDonald’s, blog, Beyond Requirements. Organizations are impacted on a daily basis by decisions made by people at every level.  Even the most minute seeming tactical decisions can have an impact on the overall organization.  Successful organizations realize this and look for ways to align […]

Using the Purpose Based Alignment Model

This blog was orignally published on our VP of Product Development, Kent McDonald’s, blog, Beyond Requirements. What It Is The Purpose Based Alignment Model, created by Niel Nickolaisen, is a method for aligning business decisions and process and feature designs around purpose. The purpose of some decisions and designs is to differentiate the organization in the […]