Being part of the solution

You can probably recollect at least one business nightmare over the past few years you have heard about, been affected by and unfortunately sometimes even been an unwilling participant in creating. The ultimate customer is usually the loser of these disasters but the list of affected usually includes many others on the inside. So what can we do about it?

What’s the difference between an ordinary and extraordinary BA?

The obvious difference between an ordinary and extraordinary BA is the “extra”. The word ’extra’ is the same as saying ‘in addition to’. Since everyone would like to be viewed as extraordinary, what can we do to make the jump – what can we each do ‘in addition to’...

Lots of resources to learn about agile

I will diverge in this week’s blog about agile before writing Agile and the BA – Part 2. In trying to better understand the intention of agile practices, I thought it best to hear directly from the co-founders of Scrum, Jeff Sutherland and Ken Schwaber. The most...

Agile and the BA – Part 1

Agile approaches are becoming more common for software development projects. This blog and several future blogs will discuss concepts important in agile approaches from the perspective of a business analyst. The first concept to be explored is collaboration....

Is It Really Tyranny of Best Practices?

I enjoyed reading a provocative article on BA Times, The Tyranny of Best Practice and Its Effect on Requirements Elicitation, about the evolution and tyranny of best practices. I have always believed that techniques and processes become known as best practices because...

BAs are Bridge-Builders Instead of Bridges

I was reading an interesting chain of comments on one of the LinkedIn BA group websites about the role of a BA being described using a bridge metaphor. Someone asked why the BA definition in the latest BABOK v2.0 no longer uses the metaphor of a bridge between...

James Bond and Business Analysis

Q: I’ve always tried to teach you two things. First, never let them see you bleed. James Bond: And the second? Q: Always have an escape plan*.   *From the James Bond movie (The World is Not Enough) In case you have never followed the Bond movies, Q was typically...

Should the BA scribe at a team meeting?

I had a discussion recently with a client about how the role of a BA in many organizations was traditionally thought of as a scribe in meetings. Thankfully with all the recent focus on business analysis as a discipline, the many different skills provided by a business...

Why do we need detailed business requirements?

Eliciting business requirements is a critical skill for a business analyst. Although we hear the phrase business requirements over and over again by software vendors, by training companies, by business analysts of various industries, and by speakers in our IIBA...

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