Month: June 2007

Excellent Resources for Business Analysts

Thinking of trying your hand at business analysis? Already a BA, and want to find information that will help you hone your skills? Just wondering what in the world a Business Analyst is, and what he/she does? If so, I hope you’ll find this post helpful.

There are lots of great Web resources available to BA’s and those with similar interests. Below is a list of just a few of my current favorites, in no particular order.

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You Know It’s Getting Deep When..

I really enjoyed Chris Woodill’s collection of “weasel words” that IT delivery folks will use to buy time, deflect responsibility, or describe a situation as much rosier than reality. Now, I’ve never met Chris, but having read through this list, I’d almost swear we must have worked on the same projects with some of the same people!

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Meeting Agenda as Catalyst?

What are leading reasons for unproductive review sessions of project deliverables? One comes quickly to mind for me – how about when 90% of your invitees show up without having even glanced at the materials in advance. For one thing, holding a meeting in this environment is not only incredibly inefficient, but it is also unfair to those who have done their homework. In my last post, I suggested that it is a good idea to provide meeting attendees with an agenda before the meeting so they know what to expect, and to provide structure and direction to the meeting. In this post, I’d like to show how the agenda can also be leveraged to ensure that deliverables are reviewed before the meeting. My approach would work something like this… First, inform meeting attendees that you’d like them to provide you with their comments on the deliverable before the meeting so you can be sure to add their items to the agenda. Emphasize that in order to carry out a productive review meeting, you are really going to enforce the agenda and focus time on those items that people were able to see and prepare for in advance of the meeting. Second, Inform attendees that if you’ve received no feedback within an arbitrary number of days prior to the meeting (typically 1 or 2, depending on how much lead...

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