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Things We Can Learn from the Italian Stallion – Part III

If you have not read Part I and II of this blog series feel free to take a look.  At the end of Rocky II Rocky wins the title of heavyweight champion.  He is now very wealthy and defends his title 10 times.  In the beginning of Rocky III a real contender wants a piece...

Gap Analysis for COTS

Gap analysis is a well established technique for business analysts working on COTS (Commercial off-the-shelf) package implementations. It is amazing that this simple technique can be helpful with so many analysis challenges. Most gap analysis is done in a matrix or...

It Is Not All About You

A question most BAs get asked when assigned to a project is "how long will it take to complete requirements?"  Without going into ways to improve your estimating skills, I want to address a key point that is often missed when answering this question.  Our answer is...

Things We Can Learn from the Italian Stallion – Part II

If you have not read Part I of this blog series you can read it here.  In case you are not as familiar with the Rocky movies as I am, here is a little recap of what happens at the end of Rocky.  Rocky goes 15 rounds with Apollo Creed.  Rocky's right eye is badly...

Things We Can Learn from the Italian Stallion – Part I

OK, I'm coming clean.  My all time favorite movie is Rocky, Rocky II, Rocky II, Rocky IV, Rocky V, and Rocky Balboa.  Every now and then I watch one of the movies and never get tired of the scenes of Rocky training or battling the next opponent in the ring.  But,...

Why BAs should love testing!

I have found that many BAs cringe when talking about software testing. They don't want to test and don't seem to want to learn the basic testing principles. I fell in love with testing when I learned about the best practices and all of the techniques. When you are...

Seriously, Are you a good Listener?

Hear me out!  I go to my gym to workout at least 3 times a week.  I go at different times each visit so I do not have the pleasure of getting to know the staff that well because of the changing shifts.  Each time I go to pick up my membership card when getting ready...

Dinner with a menu or without?

  Recently I participated in an interesting discussion about software development projects. There was an underlying assumption by some that using a consistent software development life cycle (SDLC) on all projects is a good thing and someone asked how to best...

Build Solid Relationships

It is so important for people in the business analysis role to build strong, solid relationships both in and out of the office.  Many people dislike the term "networking," but I feel it is one of the most important skills of a successful BA.  By helping others and...

It’s Not the Shoes

When I was a young buck I could not beat this one kid on the block in a 100 yard dash.  I was convinced it was my worn out shoes causing me to lose time and time again.  I pleaded and begged my parents to buy me a new pair of sneakers for weeks.  Eventually they gave...

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