Author: JB

Fred Brooks on the Criteria for Success

“If we perceive our role aright, we then see more clearly the proper criterion for success: a toolmaker succeeds as, and only as, the users of his tools succeed with his aid. However shining the blade, however jeweled the hilt, however perfect the heft, a sword is tested only by cutting.” – Fred Brooks This is a particularly interesting quote when we consider our deliverables as analysts as tools to be used by designers, developers and QA analysts. The measure for our success is, in truth, inseparable from the success of those that use our work to accomplish theirs....

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Tweets of the Week

I’m a professional book junkie. Couple my commute with an Audible account, and I cover quite a bit of ground in short order. In fact, when I get around to it, I want to share some thoughts on a few I’ve recently read, including Give and Take by Adam Grant and Death by Meetings by Patrick Lencioni. Angela shared a list that may keep me busy for a few weeks: RT @WickAng: Great innovation-inspiring reading list from Stanford d.school: http://t.co/qpvHPM9F44. #iiba #baot #pmot – Great list! Thx! — Jonathan Babcock (@jonbab1) November 17, 2013 This was an interesting point...

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Business Analysis with the Stars!

Last month, I had the opportunity to participate as a judge in “Business Analysis with the Stars,” B2T Training‘s sponsored event for the Greater Atlanta Chapter of IIBA, and variation on the TV show “Dancing with the Stars.” Much like the televised dance contest, “stars” were selected from among chapter members prior to the show and given a mock business request for which they would plan and present an analysis approach as their “dance of the week”. The stars were paired with seasoned “expert” analysts whose job was to act as partner, guide and sounding board for determining the approach...

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The Benefits of a Sincere Compliment

Mark Twain once said, “I can live for two months on a good compliment,” and I think many of us would agree with him. The “business” of delivering business solutions can be a stressful and, at times, seemingly thankless one. My “practical” advice for the day would be to seek out opportunities to recognize, thank, and compliment your stakeholders and solution delivery team members for the work they’re doing and for the assistance they provide in helping you do your work as an analyst. Not only does a compliment or a small act of kindness serve as a “pick-me-up” for...

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