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You Have Got to Be Lazy to Be an Effective Business Analyst

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Robin Grace, Principal Consultant, IndigoCube

You see, I am a business analyst (BA), and more precisely the lesser-spotted, lazy beta alpha, the evolutionary pinnacle of my profession, at the tip of the BA spear. While the work of throwing or stabbing with the spear requires an effort by the arm that wields it, I prefer the sharp bit to do the work for me. In other words, doing as little as possible apart from…well, being sharp. While the sharp bit does all the work I am able to still the get the glory and recognition of a job well done. While the spear tossers return with painful shoulders, weary and, hopefully sometimes with a degree of success.

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Differences, Duties and Responsibilities of Business Analysts and System Analysts

Bhairav Bhavsar, LSSGB, LSSM, Mentor, Author

A business analyst is a person who analyzes, organizes, explores, scrutinizes and investigates an organization and documents its business and also assesses the business model and integrates the whole organization with modern technology. The Business Analyst role is mostly about documenting, verifying, recording and gathering the business requirements and its role is mostly associated with the information technology industry.
A system analyst is someone who is in charge of designing, transforming, modifying and evaluating different systems to ensure compatibility and users’ efficiency and effectiveness and also turns user requirements into a set of functional specifications, which are the blueprint of the system.

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My Secret for Business Analysis Success: Fundamentals

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Michael Roy, Business Analysis Professional / Requirements Leader

I am now in a position where people are entering the Business Analysis profession now look to me for guidance and direction. (Perhaps they mistake the gray hair, the salt, and pepper look, as proof of wisdom).

When asked what my secret for Business Analysis success is, I indicate fundamentals first. You can acquire skills related to Agile, the latest modeling language, and software development tools but you will fail if you have not mastered fundamentals.

The following fundamentals are crucial to success...

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Fast Track Product Management

Iavi Rotberg, Business Analyst and Product Manager

The paradigm shift towards agile and lean product development has brought collaboration within large cross-functional team in the spotlight. The existing literature is already mature explaining clearly how benefits can be quickly reaped by executing a clean transition to agile delivery by enhancing the performance of the new cross-functional teams. However, in parallel, the time spent in endless meetings by product owners, business analysts, engineers, product managers and many others involved in the product creation, has grown exponentially. This leaves key product people with little or no time to do the critical activities they are employed for.

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