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Business analysis estimation – Theory vs. Practice

 

 Business analysis estimation is a bit of a strange topic for most BAs. We do study 8 to 10 techniques mentioned in various sources. Most common techniques mentioned are: Top-down estimation Estimate efforts for components using hierarchical breakdown. Typically done when the budget is fixed. Bottom-up estimation Uses WBS to estimate deliverables, activities, tasks, and …

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Spot the similarities – NFRs and building foundation

 

 It’s 4th of Jan 2016 and let me wish you a happy new year before I get into the subject.   NFRs (Non-functional requirements) are poor cousins of functional requirements (FRs). Tomes have been written about functional requirements, how to express them in text form, how to model them (UML and what not). NFRs hardly find …

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Sprint should not contain requirements. Disagree? Read on.

 

  In tons and tons of agile literature, we all have been told that during a sprint, team completes requirements, design, development, testing and deployment.   Looks so picture perfect.   But does it really happen in real projects? To me, I have worked on projects which are following sprint based approach but we do not …

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Why CPRE Makes More Sense Than CBAP for Indian IT Business Analysis

 

 Why CPRE Makes More Sense Than CBAP for Indian IT Business Analysis Before you read further, here is the disclaimer. My organization, Adaptive US is a registered education provider to IIBA, Canada (provider of CBAP certification) and IREB, Germany (provider of CPRE certification). We train for both certifications.   However, when I conduct these workshops, most of …

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Smart way to manage parallel operations during system transition

 

   When new systems get deployed in any organization, we continue to operate both new system and old system together for some period. Sometimes, this could be a year.   Now if we ask end users to enter data on both system, it is going to cause huge dissatisfaction. This also is clearly a non-value …

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How to make a 46 year old lady look like 16

 

   Just to clarify, this article is all about business analysis. I am still a practicing BA and I have not changed my profession.   2nd point – Please do not make it a gender issue – we men would also like to look younger.   Now you must be wondering how this article relates …

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Why a large US bank went with Adaptive after cancelling the BA workshop mid-way?

 

   This is a real story.   Our sales team received a call from a one of the top 5 banks in the world indicating they are keen to work with us.   This was bit surprising that we never approached the bank for any business and we did not know anyone there.   So …

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Stakeholder groups vs. UN Security Council – What’s the commonalities?

 

    You must be wondering how can there be any similarity between our stakeholder groups and UN security council?   Indeed there exists a beautiful co-relation.   United Nations as a well-known organization to which most sovereign countries are member nations.   However, 5 countries (US, UK, China, Russia and France) are permanent members …

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