Blogs

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The 7 S's of Business Analysis Practice

It is interesting how many techniques and frameworks there are available to business analysts - and how rarely we apply them to business analysis itself. The phrase 'cobbler's shoes' often comes to mind as we use analytical techniques to help our customers improve their work but don't think about applying them to ourselves. Some examples where we might gain insights from using such techniques are: Drawing a use case diagram of the BA services Building a rich picture of a BA...
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Business Analysis: party fears, definitions, analogies and taglines....

BAs are often asked what they do and/or what benefits their existence brings. People who don't "get" business analysis may not be clued into the value it can offer. Some may even not be aware of the existence of the role. So what is your elevator speech? Does your heart sink at the party when you have to explain what it is that you do? Any answer will be unique to the individual but I have sought out some useful definitions and tag lines for the role that I can share with you. Hopefully some...
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Business analysis - needed as never before?

As the dust settles on Brexit, politicians from both sides (Remain & Leave) have to unite to find the best way forward for the UK. They need to engage with each other and their respective constituencies as at no other time in most of our living memories, regardless of personal likes/dislikes or political persuasion. A strategy is required that focuses on delivering a set of priorities that have been carefully negotiated and are 'right' for the whole country. Does this sound...
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Business Analysis – a career less ordinary

Let's be honest, 'Career Planning' isn't a term often heard within BA circles. It could even be said that many of today's leading practitioners drifted into the role. Some may have been press-ganged into a BA position following some minor involvement in a change project, others, at a loose career end, might have held a vague notion that business analysis was something for them and signed the pledge card. Certainly very few of today's BAs would have started their working lives with the firm intention...
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Mick and Andy: a story of stakeholders and requirements

Occasionally the Business Alchemist views other forms of social media including LinkedIn.* Amongst the endless recruitment posts, I saw recently a copy of a letter penned by Mick Jagger to Andy Warhol and reflected on how the correspondence stacks up as a requirements document. On the surface this isn't the greatest requirements document. It does though have a few redeeming features. Respect and attention is paid to Warhol as a stakeholder and his status as a highly creative...
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Mr Blue Sky Thinking

Business Analysts are encouraged to scan the external environment of their organisation, looking for the threats and opportunities of changes in political, economic, socio-cultural, technological, legal and environmental trends. They also try to understand the competitive environment their organisation is operating in, and to suggest how their organisation might effectively compete. However, understanding these forces and trends using PESTLE and Porter's Five Forces framework is one thing; coming...
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