Business Analysis

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I love doing what I do. I love asking questions. I love being in the mix.
~ Larry King

Asking questions, the right ones, at the right moment, is one of the core skills of a great business analyst.

How can you ensure that you’ve covered all the bases during your analysis when it comes to asking all the required questions? One question, might be a tipping point to truth. Have you asked that? What holds you back from asking a question or questions? Fear? Bias? Reason?

There is an art and science to asking questions though. I think the art of asking questions improves with experience and once you know the proper science behind it.

In this enlightening episode Laura Brandenburg shares with us some incredibly useful insights on how to approach asking all the questions in a project. After all, we are all truth seekers looking to uncover the final iota of it with the last question standing!  Click to continue

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Requirements are the cornerstone of a Business Analyst’s work. Requirements are elicited, defined, communicated, validated, documented, modeled, baselined, categorized, interpreted, analyzed, traced, managed and changed.  
Requirements are the “necessary and sufficient properties of a business system that will ensure the business goals and objectives are met”.  Getting It Right, Business Requirements Analysis Tools and Techniques provides an excellent overview of the process of requirements analysis and the tools and techniques to adequately analyze and manage requirements.  It is one of a volume of books in the Business Analysis Essential Library series.

Of all the Business Analysis related books I have read, Seven Steps to Mastering Business Analysis stands out as one of my favourites.

This book provides a clear understanding about the role and work of a Business Analyst and the value the role provides.  Divided into seven chapters, the book details the steps to mastering the skills of a Business Analyst while also providing practical insightful advice. The book outlines key knowledge areas, analysis techniques and strategies and applies them to real project scenarios.

If you are a practicing business analyst, you will eventually be asking yourself this question.  The truth is, you already know a number of reasons why you should be certified.  There are also some things that you might not know.  We’ll touch on both of these later, but first let’s talk about the about some certification myths.

CBAP® Myths

Guaranteed Superiority

We have all heard this one before.  “I met Frank, who is a CBAP, and I was not impressed.  I already know more about Use Cases that he does, so clearly Click to continue