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A BA’s Unconventional Guide to Summer Reading

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...

10 BA Revolutionaries that Changed Your Life

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...

Choose the Right Decision Criteria

Choose the Right Decision Criteria

During a recent Facilitating a Requirements Workshop class, my students and I had great discussion regarding decision criteria. While the discussion came out of a class centered on business analysis, the answer resonates with almost any industry. Since my students...

Implement Decision Filters for Organizational Alignment

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...

Using the Purpose Based Alignment Model

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...

Make Sure Your Training Delivers Repeatable Results

Make Sure Your Training Delivers Repeatable Results

My team and I have conversations all the time with people trying to determine how to develop their team’s skills. Something that comes up frequently is the need to build skills in the context of the team’s specific environment. Managers and the individual learners do...

What Happened to Teamwork?

What Happened to Teamwork?

We live in an interesting time.  Kids are growing up, not with a silver spoon, but rather a titanium iPhone. The older generation, mine, question what impact this will have on the younger generation’s ability to communicate using their mouth and ears and not their...

Be The 30% (Part 2)

Be The 30% (Part 2)

In Part 1 of this blog series, I challenged you to become part of the 30% of teams that make successful process changes.  I introduced the framework for process improvement, and identified two questions that teams in the 30% consistently ask: Why are we doing this? Is...

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