4 Steps for Considering Project Context

When you ask an analytical person a question, you will rarely get an answer. Instead, their response will likely be in the form of another question. Why is this? Answers depend on context. Context refers to the framework of a situation or event. Even a simple...

6 Tips to Identify Business Analysis Red Flags

I recently read an article from CIO.com “6 Tips to Identify Project Management Red Flags.” While reading, I couldn’t help but think of business analysis red flags in the same respect. So here’s my take on “6 Tips to Identify Business Analysis Red Flags” to...

Scope Creep’s Impact on Analysis

You’re in a project meeting; team members and stakeholders are having a great discussion when it happens…one of your key stakeholders says: “Our system is going to do live chat too, right?” You’re caught off guard – some folks think “sure, no problem”, others...

Strategy Analysis (fka Enterprise Analysis): Who Cares?

As I am sure you know, the IIBA released BABOK v3 in April 2015. Though there were many changes (some minor and, some more profound), the change that I found and believe to have one of the greatest impacts on the BA community is the disappearance of Enterprise...

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...

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...

Be The 30% (Part 1)

I like to focus on the positive. I’m the person who skips right over the headlines about attacks and shootings to get to the stories that make me feel good. I figured out a few years ago that if something was really important and world altering, somebody in my family...

A Guide to Simplifying and Automating Processes

Conclusion:  To be good at automating, you need to remove all the noise (waste and steps that don’t need a decision) between you and each action. A while ago, my colleague and mentor Dusty Rhodes asked me the following question, “How would you teach process...

Did BAs Buy Into the Change in 2014?

In my first post of 2014, The Business Analysis Space is Changing: What You Can Do Now, I wrote about changes happening in the BA space and some things individuals performing business analysis can do to get ready. Here is the basic gist of the change I was talking...

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