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Featured articles showcased in this issue:
> End-to-End UML: Class Diagram
> Anatomy of a Use Case: Skip the Outline and Dive into the Main Scenario
> BA, Define victory first...
> The Role of SQL in Decision Centric Processes

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> More Business Analyst Humor
Even more Resources for Business Analysts
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End-to-End UML: Class Diagram
by Tony Loton
The UML Class Diagram, sometimes known as the Static Structure Diagram, shows the dependencies and persistent associations between object classes.

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Anatomy of a Use Case: Skip the Outline and Dive into the Main Scenario
by Mark Monteleone, President,Monteleone Consulting LLC
This article discusses Stephen King’s creative writing method and provides an example of using it in developing a use case narrative: the main scenario with alternate and exception paths. Yes, that is correct – Stephen King, the prolific writer of contemporary horror, science fiction and fantasy novels.

Process Management Capabilities

BA, Define victory first...
by Adriana Beal, Product Manager
Gerd Gigerenzer describes the two sets of mental tools required for making decisions. When risks are known, good decisions require logic and statistical thinking. But when we are dealing with unknowable risks, good decisions also require intuition and smart rules of thumb.

The Role of SQL in Decision Centric Processes
by Mark Norton, IDIOM Limited
The article discusses the underlying concepts at length, providing an understandable rationale that is delivered in the context of a practical methodology.

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Relevant Interview Questions
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Interested candidates send resume to:  Google Inc., PO Box 26184 San Francisco, CA 94126 Attn: D. Racherla.  Please reference job # below:  Operations Analyst (Mountain View, CA) Formulate, implement, and continuously evolve Google’s HR processes and systems. #1615.6060 Exp Incl: analyze & improve recruit & hire process; org design & change mgmt; regional implement. of functional initiatives; manipulation & analysis of large data sets incl SQL; Excel; develop. of report tools & dashboards for distillation of key perf metrics; proj mgmt; global impl projects with intl stakeholders; operational strategy; & multi-channel strategy & analysis.

Apple Inc. has the following job opportunities in Cupertino, CA:
·  Bus Systems Analyst [Req#9KTM5N]. Analyze complex bus problems to be solved w automated systems and procedures. Travel req’d 15%.
· Senior Business Analyst [Req#9N6374]. Des, dvlp & impl reporting & analysis to support bus. Deliver creative, value-added solns to Ops team.
Refer to Req# & mail resume to Apple Inc., ATTN: L.M., 1 Infinite Loop 104-1GM, Cupertino, CA 95014. Apple is an EOE/AA m/f/disability/vets.

Linkedin Corp. has openings in our Mtn View, CA location for Business Systems Analyst (Sr. Business Ops., Associate) (6597.522) Support leadership to deliver strategic projects that provide key business insights for high-priority initiatives. 
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