Yaaqub Mohamed a.k.a Yamo

BA Templates mistakes

Seven Deadly BA Templates Sins

by Yaaqub Mohamed a.k.a Yamo2

Are you a business analyst who is jaded with the statistics of how poor requirements are #1 cause of failure in projects? 
 
And to your utter delight this theory and statistics repeats every year. 
 
According one of the many statistics the #1 cause of failure of projects is due to requirements… In one particular CIO analysis for example, the number was as high as 37%.
 
So, specifically the top cause of project failure is due to: 
 
Requirements: Unclear, lack of agreement, lack of priority, contradictory, ambiguous, imprecise.
 
In this post, I am not proposing that having the right BA templates  will help an analyst communicate requirements clearly and solve this problem and elevate us to the sainthood of project and business success. However, you’ll see factors and practices that trace back to some of these elements that causes project failures. 

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The first thought that’s on your mind probably is why is there a post about the New Year in Feb? Here are some statistics why … 
 
According statistics published by statisticbrain.com, on average about 65% of the people make New Years resolution in some form or shape. People who explicitly make resolutions are 10 times more likely to attain their goals than people who don’t explicitly make resolutions… so, this mean that by merely being deliberate about your resolutions and writing your goals down, you increase your chances of attaining them. 
 
After the first month, more than 50% of the people have abandoned their New Year resolution! This is about the right time when they would need a little push. Or I consider Feb to be the drama-free month when you can really focus on important goals that you want to accomplish.
 
So, what’s this push and how can you ensure that your goals remain in sight and achievable? 
 
What’s the secret of setting and attaining goals? 

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 Your work experience is a lens that can help you make sense of the BABOK. Every practitioners journey of reading the BABOK is different; however, there are common themes and patterns that one needs to pay attention to and learn from.

In this AuthorCast, I am pleased to present a repeat guest, Jarrett Hailes, to enlighten us about how practitioners can extend their knowledge of the BABOK. We use the lens of his recently published book – Pocket Guide for Business Analysis Based on BABOK – to deep dive and understand the challenges and benefits of applying the BABOK. There are many more concepts that we delve into that can expand your horizons and help you see the BABOK in a new light.

Here is the episode:

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Why is Enterprise Analysis not the first knowledge area in the BABOK?

This is one of the most frequent questions I get from students attending the CBAP-CCBA prep courses. This is one of those concepts where the light bulb needs to go off if you have to place it correctly. We discuss this and a lot more about arguably the most controversial chapter in the BABOK.

In this podcast, we deep dive into Enterprise Analysis. It was a lot of fun to discuss this topic with Steve Downer, who is very enthused about this topic. I also got an opportunity to learn a few new things from his wide spectrum of experience.

Here is enterprise analysis (and much more) coming to life from the futuristic Steve Downer:

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Can BABOK help your improve your business analysis practice? 

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Time and again, I have witnessed (and know first hand) that having knowledge about performing certain tasks can be useful. In this episode of I present an interview with Jarett Hailes on his certification journey and how it helped him improve his practice.
 In one of the previous BA interviews, Margaret Marco insisted that BAs should go independent after getting their CBAP, Jarett takes this notion further and elaborates on how getting certified can specifically help you. Listen to his inspiring journey of how BABOK changed his approach to analysis and helped him effectively implement business analysis best practices. 
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