5 Simple Ways BAs Can Avoid Repeating Mistakes From Past Projects

5 Simple Ways BAs Can Avoid Repeating Mistakes From Past Projects

Once you embark on a new business analyst job or project, chances are that you will try to avoid past mistakes and look for ways in which you can deliver better results. 

A lot can be said for this motivation. The beginning of a project is usually an opportunity for a fresh start. Regardless of how advanced your business analysis skills are, or how fine-tuned your business analysis process is, there is always room to do better. Guest post by Jason Hartman.

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Confirmation Bias: What BAs Can Learn From Data Scientists

Confirmation Bias: What BAs Can Learn From Data Scientists

When we have a strong belief about something or a bias towards a particular opinion, we consciously or unconsciously seek out evidence that validates what we already believe. When we come across contrary evidence, our default behaviour is to ignore it, diminish it or in some cases, conclude that it’s wrong prematurely without exploring its merits.

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Business Analysts & The Anchor Effect

Business Analysts & The Anchor Effect

Imagine a component in your car requires a fix. You approach your mechanic and he gives you a quote. This quote (assuming you’ve never had to pay for this part before and you have no prior knowledge of how much it costs) becomes the reference point from which you begin negotiation. This reference point is called an anchor and its effects can be seen in everyday situations.

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A Business Analyst's Guide To Managing Change Requests

A Business Analyst's Guide To Managing Change Requests

It’s common knowledge that people tend to resist change as much as they can. However, without change, there can’t be progress and BAs would certainly not have that much to do. When working on large projects, change requests from stakeholders are to be expected. Successful project managers and analysts know how to manage them without bringing the project to a standstill.

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What Every Business Analyst Should Know About Analyzing Complex Projects

What Every Business Analyst Should Know About Analyzing Complex Projects

The relentless pace of technological progress drives businesses to work on increasingly more complex projects. With this increased complexity comes new challenges and roadblocks that business analysts must learn to overcome.

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Don't Let Governance Threaten Your Agile Transformation

Don't Let Governance Threaten Your Agile Transformation

Governance seems to be one of those frightening words that threaten to stop an Agile transformation effort dead in its tracks. I’ve been hearing it whispered, and even screamed once or twice, quite a lot recently. There’s no big surprise here. As big corporations and Government agencies get increasingly fascinated by frameworks like Scrum, they are mandating their IT departments to “go agile” and then, sooner or later…governance!

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Knowledge Management In Business Analysis: Multiplying Human Potential

Knowledge Management In Business Analysis: Multiplying Human Potential

Who’s the one person in your team you simply can’t afford to lose? It’s okay - every business has one: some expert, savant, or otherwise indispensable worker who holds projects together like glue. People like these are called Subject Matter Experts. They are those from whom we elicit those requirements that are not always explicitly stated. These people are incredible assets—until they are no longer with the business…and then they become a liability. Guest Post By Edgar Wilson.

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What Business Analysts Can Learn from Agile Thinking & Logistics

What Business Analysts Can Learn from Agile Thinking & Logistics

In today’s business climate, connectivity, the grand scale of partnerships and complex communication keeps everything moving at fast speeds. Analysts have no choice but to adapt quickly to emerging consumer or company demands and come up with innovative ideas while in action and under pressure, even as the full details of the situation are still unclear - Guest Post by Willie Pena

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