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Application Monitoring in a Modern Cloud World

Applications are no longer simple two-tier architectures. Back then, application monitoring was easy compared with today. But as the shift to the cloud happened, applications became more efficient and effective. Application architectures now include many tiers across...

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Bridging the Gap Between Business Vision and Cloud Strategy

With today\'s low latency and increased bandwidth, moving your data from on-premise into the cloud makes sense. Many businesses are seeing the benefits of allowing someone else to handle the infrastructure, so they can focus...

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Kick-Start Requirements Discussions With These Four Questions

“What should I ask to get good requirements?” a developer inquired, continuing, “I don’t have a business analyst, so I have to do my own requirements gathering, and I don’t know where to start.” Whether...

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Prepping Your Requirements For Primetime: Validating Requirements

In parts one and two of this series, I discussed how confirming elicitation results and verifying requirements act as gates during the vetting process to ensure that your requirements are ready to be used by...

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When Risk Management Falls Short: Using a Business Process approach to Overcome Challenges

“Risk is like fire: If controlled, it will help you; if uncontrolled it will rise up and destroy you.” -Theodore Roosevelt Risk Management teams who are assigned with identifying risk might go about their task...

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Prepping Your Requirements For Primetime: Verifying Requirements

In part one of this three-part series on readying requirements, I proposed that they must pass through three gates defined in the IIBA BABOK. These gates ensure the requirements are ready to be used by...

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Prepping Your Requirements for Primetime: Confirming Elicitation Results

We should always ensure the requirements we develop can pass through three quality gates before we consider them complete and ready for the rest of the project team to act on. They have to be...

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In Pursuit of a More Perfect Knowledge Base

In my junior BA days, I worked at a financial services company, where I collected obscure details during requirements elicitation like a child collects rocks. I collected tribal knowledge from subject matter experts about systems they helped...

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Engaging in Productive Conflict – Why and How

When I work with teams, I ask members to share the first three words that come to mind when they think of “conflict.”  Typical responses include: arguments, war, uncomfortable, frustration, avoidance, difference of opinion, futile,...

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Backlog Management for Agile BA’s

So why do we have a backlog? Usually because there are not enough hours in the day to accomplish all the tasks we know need to get done. Usually our sprints are only two weeks...

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Understanding Product Vision and Project Scope

Raise your hand if you thought that the Product Vision and the Project Scope were the same thing? Don’t be ashamed, I did for a very long time. It was easy for me to intertwine...

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Important Communication Skills for Business Analysts

In a Business Analyst’s day, we are constantly communicating. If we are not communicating then we are planning communication packages for our Business Analysis information packages. We are the bridge of communication from all the...

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