Business Analysis

Top 5 Reasons Organizations Should Support Certifications

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There will always be a debate about certifications and whether organizations should support them. Some feel they are an essential and growing part of professional life. Others feel a credential does not make practitioners a better business analyst, Agilist, or project manager. Both sides have a point, and the debate will continue. What is undeniable,…

A Business Analyst’s Perspective: Seven Reasons for Project Failure

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Statistics show that the real figures regarding project success are not at all encouraging. Only 30% of projects are considered successful; the others are challenged oroutright failures. How does one determine if a project is a success? From a project management perspective the answer is simple, the “Holy Trinity” – time, budget, and quality. Reality…

Is Your Project Manager-Business Analyst Collaboration a Pressure Cooker?

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Is your project’s red-yellow-green status for requirements based on percentage complete of the requirements document? Or percentage complete of the JIRA stories documented? Maybe this is why requirements are taking so long! Is the focus on the status of the document or the progress toward shared understanding of the problem and solution? It is important to honor…

Strategy Spotlight: Four Common Skills Needed to Embrace Strategic Thinking in Your Business

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Recently I was asked to do a keynote on strategic thinking for a large audience in the retail sector. The audience was mostly business owners who needed to improve their strategic thinking abilities. As I used my business analysis skills in gathering and documenting requirements to create the presentation and to understand the challenges and…

A Day in the Life of a Business Analyst

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Business Analysis is the responsibility of knowing  when a business’s needs change, assessing the business impact of those changes, obtaining, examining and recording requirements, and maintaining the communication and delivery of the requirements to relevant stakeholders. Being a Business Analyst is a little like being an architect. Instead of producing plans, the Business Analyst provides…

10 Characteristics of an Awesome Business Analyst

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Does your organization handle large, complex technical projects? Do you have diversely skilled project teams assigned to those projects? How about overloaded project managers? Are they juggling several projects at once? This sounds like every organization I’ve managed projects in and every company that I’ve consulted for along the way. If this is your organization,…

The Value of Business Analysis:The Trusted Advisor

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Often when people talk about the Business Analyst being a trusted advisor within the organization, they are speaking about advising senior management of the organization. That role of the Business Analyst is that of a Management Consultant, the role of trusted advisor goes much beyond consulting or advising management. The Business Analyst has to become…