So, You Want What?

So, You Want What?

The swing picture has been circulating for years and we all still laugh at this picture, because it is still so true. Everyone who works on projects can relate to it. Yet if we know this happens, why is it so difficult to make a change? English: The Universal Language The customer speaks English. I […]

Avoid Project Management Pain

Avoid Project Management Pain

Project managers drive change. They sit at the helm of a chartered operation intended to deliver specified high-quality business benefits on time and within budget. Project management is a noble and difficult endeavor—part science, part art—and effective practitioners must be skilled and experienced in a host of related disciplines too numerous to list here (but […]

Bending the Dimension of Time for Qua...

Bending the Dimension of Time for Quality

So much to do. So little time. If only we had more time. Have you felt this way about a project? One colleague of mine likes to say, “Time, money, or resources. Which one do you want to sacrifice?” This is another play on the Project Management Triangle of Quality. Time x Resources = Scope If […]

Prime the Pump

Prime the Pump

By the time a Business Analyst (BA) shows up, many decisions have already been made. Things are in motion. Change is afoot. It could be, for some in an organization, that the arrival of a BA is the first indicator of change. After all, one might think, why are you shadowing me, putting my life’s […]

Blow Your Mind Requirements For Resul...

Blow Your Mind Requirements For Results

Six components of a well-written requirement are so powerful that I call them magical. Missing any one of these six requirement attributes will cost your project. Capture them up front to save money, time, help communication, and minimize frustration. Have you hired a company to gather requirements? They should provide these six. Because I love practical […]

Start with the End in Mind

Start with the End in Mind

When developing systems and software, how do you know when you’re done? Here are some proven failing methods: When time is up When the budget is exhausted When a sponsor or client demands the product When the project is cancelled or suspended These are arbitrary, and sometimes brutal, measures, none of which necessarily correlates with […]

How to Synthesize the Business Analys...

Business Analysis Competency

Rapid JAD provides a practical solution for how a Business Analyst can quickly master the organization and synthesizing of large amounts of information provided by stakeholders. When you look over the IIBA Business Analysis Competency Model there are a large number of competencies and tasks. Below is one pair from each major section which brings home […]

How To Get More of What You Need Fast...

How To Get More of What You Need Faster

As a business analyst or system developer, do you want to get more of what you need– accurate, complete, testable requirements that meet the customer’s needs–faster? Like any good business analyst, I often use graphical tools to explore an idea, discover logical relationships, simplify concepts, or present findings. Consider the following: This simple 2-by-2 chart […]

How to Increase Your Shares and Click...

How to Increase Your Shares and Click-Through

Building quality content and creating consumer appeal to reach your target market takes a new mindset. These five takeaways help in a world of social marketing: Topic, Title, Graphic, Lead Paragraph, and Content. As Erik Jul points out in I Don’t Like to Write, it is fun having written! But even if you have written, […]

Rapid JAD in Pictures

Rapid JAD in Pictures

by Erik Jul* Capture Now. No time is better, and certainly not later. Document once. Don’t do the work multiple times. Whose got the time? Visible to all. Everyone has to see. Why? They might have more perfect knowledge, opinions, suggestions, have approval authority, or just need a sense of comfort. Revise quickly. With all […]

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