Author Anthony Chen

The single most important failure with requirements

A lot of our clients bring us in to fix their requirements issues. Based on the literature a lot of what you see about requirements is geared towards making sure that you write a requirement in the correct way – measurable, testable, traceable and atomic.  Our experience with many Fortune …

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Requirements for analytics and reporting

Lately we have run into a number of projects that focus on reporting and analytics. As always our job is to determine the requirements. For analytics and reporting however, the requirements are a bit different than a traditional functional based portion of the system. We use a couple of different models, …

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Tips for modeling large system migrations

It seems like many of the projects that we are implementing these days are large system migrations.  Typically they are 20 year old mainframe systems that are being converted into new technology. Unfortunately these systems usually have no documentation so no one really knows how they work. Here are some …

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Career Progression for Business Analysts

This is an excerpt from a discussion on ModernAnalyst.com about the Real world examples of BA career progression. Idevanoff, Thanks for listing these, however I am already aware of each and everyone one of these proposed career moves. I’ve read about them endlessly and to me they sound like something …

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BRD vs. Functional Requirements

Business requirements vs Functional requirements We often get the question asking “what is the difference between business requirements and functional requirements?” In prior posts I have discussed that these distinctions are actually artificial and are artifacts of an organization structure that requires people in “the business” to produce a “business …

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Why meetings are so disruptive

Paul Graham has a great article on his blog on why meetings feel so disruptive to many of us. He partitions the world into managers and makers. Managers live their working life in 1 hour increments, so slotting a sudden meeting in is no big deal. It is just an …

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Getting the most out of Caliber RM – Excel

In a prior post I wrote about the different ways you can get output from Caliber RM. Since then we have started using a few additional mechanisms that may not be obvious to new users. For the longest time we couldnt figure out the cleanest way to get our software …

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