Business Analyst

Business Analyst Tip: Context Matters

In an episode of “The Big Bang Theory”, Leonard arrives home with his arms full of food and says “I hope you’re hungry” to which Sheldon responds “Interesting. A friendly sentiment in this country, cruel taunt in the Sudan. It’s a lesson in context.”  The humor may be dark, but …

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Collaborate on documents during your meetings

A nice trick that business analysts can use now that collaboration technology like Google Docs exists is to allow meeting participants to simultaneously collaborate on documents during the meeting itself.  Simply have everyone in your meeting open up the document on their own computer, and then everyone can edit the …

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What is the professional Business Analyst?

Lately I’ve been thinking to myself, “What does it mean to be a professional?” It’s a word no doubt you’ve heard thrown around, often in a cavalier way. People take one look at another person and say, “They are not professional,” or view the actions of another and think, “A …

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Risky Business

When you hear the terms “risky” and “invites failure,” do you imagine a successful project methodology? The debate between waterfall and agile methodologies can be found in any analysts’ meeting of the minds. The linear approach of waterfall methodology runs the project in one large cycle. Agile methodology takes the …

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The Top 50 Things a Business Analyst Can Delegate

It isn’t news that most business analysts don’t have enough time. Especially senior resources, who are loaded up with work because they are the only ones in the organization who can do some of the more valuable tasks. The only way to clear time for those tasks is delegate their other work …

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