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November 17, 2017

14 Financial Analysis Approaches the Business Analysis Professional Should Know

It is not often that I write about numbers. Why, because some professionals find it boring and want to nod off at the mention of numbers, while others simply say, well my numbers are giving to me by someone else.

Here’s the thing, you may not create the numbers, but you need to know how to read them and understand what they mean. 

Recently I have been working on three separate strategic business analysis projects. We are following standard business analysis best practices. That is to say, current state, future state, risk analysis and communications as outlined in the BABOK. As part of these initiatives, we have had to gather the numbers, which essentially [...]

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November 16, 2017

Are You Suffering from Agile Fever?

Have you ever come across a colleague or a family member who has a knack for making every conversation about them?

Do you have people in your social circle who influence every group decision to their benefit? Of course you do! When describing these people we typically say “You know the whole world revolves around Joe!” Do we really enjoy spending time with these people? Of course we don’t because they are exhausting and frustrating to work with. Well let me tell you something, these people have a lot in common with user stories. The user story has become the center of the Agile world. Everything in Agile seems to revolve around the user story. They have [...]

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November 15, 2017

Short Quiz on Team Member Behavior – What Would You Do?

Team members are often in the dark on the behavior expected of them while working with others.

Here are 9 important but common situations that team members are likely to encounter throughout their project.

Choose the answer that best represents the behavior you expect from your team members or coworkers.

The answers are provided at the end of the quiz.

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1. What should a team member do if she believes that she cannot meet an already committed date?

Work it out with the team leader and propose potential solutions Get help from her manager Work it out with the person with whom she has made the commitment Say nothing until she is 100% sure that the [...]
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November 13, 2017

The Elevator Speech… for the BA

A BA walks into an elevator, is joined by an executive, and suddenly the executive asks the BA, “So, what are you working on these days?” (Sounds like the start of a joke ...)  Most business analysts, due to their project success focus, think of requirements management when questioned about their work. So the BA responds by describing the features of a business solution that the BA is currently working. The BA seldom mentions the associated business benefits with the work (i.e. why the work is vital to the business). Unfortunately, the BA ignores the first rule of conversation: know your audience. The executive asking the question is more likely to understand [...]

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