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What Does the CIO Say? An Interview with Ken Fulmer


Last week I had the pleasure of talking with friend and fellow IIBA Board director, Ken Fulmer.  Ken spent 31 years at Sonoco and was their Chief Technology Officer. After leaving Sonoco he stayed in the oil and gas industry and was the CIO for a company based out of the southeastern US.  Ken is […]

Technology Expresso’s Conversation with Kent

Last week, I had the pleasure of chatting with my fellow practitioners at Technology Expresso about the agile mindset. In short, the agile mindset comes down to an emphasis on delivering value by satisfying your stakeholders’ needs in a collaborative fashion. It’s these behaviors that are really important in agile more so than the practices and techniques that have been […]

Starting a COTS Project: Objectives (Part 1 of 3)


We’ve met Arthur previously.  He’s the Product Owner for an effort to replace the Commission System for a mid-sized insurance company in the middle of America. The insurance company Arthur works for has grown through acquisition. Until recently, one of its practices was to let each company keep its own identity when dealing with anyone outside […]

Who to Ask the Right Questions

If you’ve heard me speak before, you know that one of my goals in life is to meet everyone in the world. Not only does this goal allow me to make some really great friendships, I get to build a network of people that as a group know the answer to any question. For you […]

An Entrepreneurial Mindset to Teamwork

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  Being an entrepreneur has been one of most frustrating, challenging and rewarding jobs I have ever had.  While I am a project manager/business analyst from my corporate life, I now play many roles in my small business life.  I think my favorite part of being a small business partner is teamwork…it is crucial.  Each […]

Expanding the Business Analysis Mindset

Expand the BA Mindset

  In speaking with people on a daily basis in the business analysis arena, I find a common set of questions that continue to come up in my conversations regarding organizational structure and the roles that make it successful. These questions include: Should our team have BA specialists or should we have generalists? Should we […]

How to Build a Wildly Productive Collaboration Model

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My husband and I have been together more than 21 years; we’re married 20 this coming September. Pretty amazing, considering all we’ve been through together, but then again, we are like two peas in a pod…except when it comes to work. He is a carpenter by trade, who left construction when the housing bubble popped […]

The Intersection of Analysis and Agile – Some Examples

Intersection of Analysis and Agile

At the beginning of the year, I made a few predictions in my post The Future of Business Analysis. (One of those predictions has already come true.)  In this post I’d like to share some evidence of another prediction: continued interaction of analysis and agile communities. This interaction primarily comes in the guise of paying more attention to […]

We Are More Than Business Analysts


The Business Analyst As Therapist was an eye-catching article that offered some wonderful insights.  The author, Steve Blais, discusses the BA as a therapist as well as a translator and referee to name a few.  When functioning in different worlds (between the business and Information Technology), it is no surprise there is the need for […]

Keeping Sharp Takes Persistence


Do you find it easy to get in a rut? This may be especially true if you work with the same people and products every day. It takes effort to build your skills and expand your capabilities. We are all busy juggling projects, but it’s important to keep growing and stay out of the ruts […]