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The Intrapreneurial Business Analyst

The role of the BA is transitioning from a humble ‘Taker of Requirements’ into a Leader, an Innovator and a Disruptor and this year’s conference presented a myriad of exciting new areas including the Agile BA, design thinking visual modelling, as well as creativity, innovation and leadership. The BA Europe ...

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Business Analysis – Valued More than Ever

A month ago, I was in the Middle East, running a Business Analysis workshop, when a thought struck me. Something was very different. Something quite fundamental had changed. Looking around the room, I realized what it was. Ten years ago, when I started travelling to run workshops in the Arabian ...

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Business Process Modelling Notation for Business Analysts

Workflow modelling has long been accomplished by technical resources attempting to add context to technical requirements. As industry has progressed along with complexities of business management, we have again found the need to specialise and segregate responsibilities. As a result, many business analysts have moved from a purely technical requirements ...

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Business Analysis and Work Simplification

In this age of automation, we have a tendency to become so involved in the designing and programming of the ultimate system that we tend to forget the art of “work simplification.” This is a serious omission, as work simplification is the foundation of the systems concept. What is “Work ...

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The Business Analyst as a Change Agent

The most successful organisations are able to identify opportunities for self-improvement and conceive of changes that can make them more efficient, more successful and better equipped to achieve their goals. But, all too often, these new ideas get discussed, everyone resoundingly agrees they’re a good idea and then, somehow, the ...

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The Top Ten Business Analyst Trends for 2016

Last year’s TwentyEighty Strategy Execution’s trends for business analysis focused on bedding in the BA role within projects and within organisations. Each year TwentyEighty publish trends and predictions for both project management and business analysis – and new for this year strategy execution too. In this article we take a ...

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The Business Analyst Trends for 2015

One year on and the trends for the Business Analysis community are taken up a notch as the focus shifts to bedding in the BA role within projects and within organisations. Each year ESI publish trends and predictions for both project management and business analysis and in this article we ...

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Junior Business Analyst Skillsets

If you’re looking to pursue a role in business analysis there are core competencies – the ability to do the job – that you need to take a look at. Within each competency area there are also a number of tools, techniques and processes that enable you to do that ...

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What are the Root Causes of Business Analyst and Project Manager Tensions?

Over the last decade, we’ve seen a rapid expansion of business analysis in projects. As a consultant working with companies across the globe, I’ve noticed a corresponding rise in the levels of tension between the key people leading projects, especially between project managers (PMs) and business analysts (BAs). In some ...

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Changing the Project Manager and Business Analyst Relationship

Business Analysis is growing fast. As requirements for projects and programmes become ever more complex, the role of the Business Analyst is becoming a permanent fixture in the project team. In our latest webinar we explored the relationship between the Project Manager and the Business Analyst: Productive Partnership or Conflicted ...

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Project Managers and Business Analysts – The Perfect Partnership?

With the escalation of Business Analysis, we’ve seen the emergence of tension in the leadership of projects. Years ago, the Business Analyst reported into the Project Manager and was just another team member. Now Business Analysis is even more critical to success meaning that the BA and PM must work ...

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