Business Analyst Blog

When you communicate is anyone listening?

After recently attending a couple of conferences with business analysts and project managers, I noticed a common theme about the topics presented this year. Many speakers devoted their energies to discussing the importance and complexity of effective project...

It’s all about Teamwork

Over the last few months I have been in more discussions than I can count about the role of the business analyst, project manager vs. business analyst, where the business analyst fits in on an agile team, and which roles are needed to make a successful team.  They...

Planning for the BA Career

I wanted to share a great presentation from the Project World and World Congress for Business Analysts conference in Anaheim this month. Russ Pena from Sun Trust presented their professional development framework. His organization has recognized the importance of the...

We raise red flags and keep organizational objectives in mind!

I attended the Project Summit/BA World in Boston this week. Once again it was great to be with so many individuals who understand the importance of business analysis work. Most of the same challenges that we have been talking about for a couple of years still plague...

Where’s the Usability?

Even though development tools and techniques have improved drastically I still hear from corporate application users that the systems their IT department built or purchased for them lack usability.  We all know that projects are still failing or challenged based on...

The Vital Role of Communication

After recently attending a couple of conferences with business analysts and project managers, I noticed a common theme about the topics presented this year. Many speakers devoted their energies to discussing the importance and complexity of effective project...

Traceability must be planned

Traceability is a necessary component for complete and accurate requirements. Traceability is used in many aspects of requirements development and management. A simple definition is that "tracing requirements" means that we show relationships or links between...

Collaboration and Influence

As Business Analysts we rarely have formal authority over anyone we work with on our projects.  To give our teams the best chance for success we have to work collaboratively with all of our stakeholders. I just read an article on CIO.com that I think you will enjoy. ...

Another One for the Toolbox

I attended a Certified ScrumMaster training class this year delivered by Lithespeed.  The class was very valuable, and I want to share a tool, trade-off matrix, to help set customer and team expectations.  In my opinion this is a tool that should be used on all...

Yikes! What about the data?

Some people cannot understand why data requirements are important. There are a lot of Business Analysts who say they have never collected data requirements and do not understand why they should.  Here is one small example from my experience. I was doing some business...

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