Maintaining high quality of business analysis consistently is a challenge to many organizations. Inconsistent business analysis output quality results in undesirable project outcomes, poor decisions, operational disjoints and missed opportunities...
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Domain Knowledge is Overrated

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Adriana Beal, Product Management & Business Analysis

Visit any active discussion forum for business analysts and aspiring BAs, and invariably you will find at least one thread asking how to develop domain knowledge, either in a new industry, such as health or insurance, or a new business function, such as marketing or supply chain management. Alice just got a job working for the first time in financial services, and is worried that her lack of experience in this domain will get in the way of her doing a great job. Bob keeps getting his resume ignored for analyst jobs in government agencies because most of his experience is in ecommerce applications. What to do?

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Requirements for Devices Around Us: Embedded Systems

Karl Wiegers & Joy Beatty

It’s important to have a good understanding of requirements before getting too far into development on embedded systems projects, even more than on most software development projects. Excessive requirements churn that dictates hardware changes is much more expensive than comparable volatility on software-only projects. It’s also essential to know about constraints that both hardware and software engineers must respect: physical object sizes; electrical components, connections, and voltages; standard communication protocols; the sequence in which certain operations must take place; timing requirements; and the like. Hardware components that have already been selected for the design impose constraints on those yet to be chosen...

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Building Organizational Business Analysis Excellence: A Practitioner Guide

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Franco Pang, Lead Business Analyst

Business analysis is an indispensable function in all business organizations, performed at myriad forms and scales. It grows from purely a task to a management function with more defined roles, responsibilities and capability requirements. Maintaining high quality of business analysis consistently is a challenge to many organizations. Inconsistent business analysis output quality results in undesirable project outcomes, poor decisions, operational disjoints and missed opportunities.
This article uses the actual case of a postal-logistic company to discuss how low quality business analysis impacts an organization and what improvement initiatives the organization implemented to address the problems...

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The Story of Al’s Spreadsheet and Absent Brains

Ronald G. Ross, Principal, Business Rule Solutions, LLC

To ensure the continuity of operational business knowledge, no organization should ever depend on absent brains – or even on brains that could (and eventually always will) become absent in the future. To say it differently, your operational business knowledge should be encoded explicitly in a form that workers you have never even met yet can understand.

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* FINANCIAL ANALYST (REQ#9F738X) Perform financial anlyss to assist getting pricing strctr for Apl prdcts.
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*SENIOR LOGISTICS ANALYST (REQ#9TE36B) Support srvc logistics across Latin America. Serve as POC for AppleCare Logistics rel issues partnering & collab w/ Ops, Logistics teams. Travel req’d 30%.

Refer to Req# & mail resume to Apple Inc., ATTN: L.J., 1 Infinite Loop 104-1GM, Cupertino, CA 95014. Apple is an EOE/AA m/f/disability/vets.

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