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Featured articles showcased in this issue:
5 Side Benefits of Earning Your CBAP®
> Tracking Project Status with Requirements
> The Initial Conversation with Your Project Manager
> Brainstorming Revisited

Webinar: Stand Up and Deliver Great Product with Collaborative Requirements
Webinar: Own the Collaboration Circle to Keep Future Projects on Track

Also in this issue:
> More Business Analyst Humor
Even more Resources for Business Analysts
New Interview Questions

5 Side Benefits of Earning Your CBAP®
by Laura Brandenburg, CBAP
In my experience of pursuing the CBAP certification, while there are tangible benefits from the outcome of being certified, there are some very real and very significant benefits generated as a by-product of the certification process itself, even when it was painful and downright frustrating.

Top 10 trends for 2014

Tracking Project Status with Requirements
by Karl Wiegers & Joy Beatty
Tracking project status means comparing where you really are at a particular time against the expectation of what “complete” means for this development cycle.  Monitor the status of just those functional requirements that were committed for the current release, because that’s the set that’s supposed to be 100 percent done before you declare success and ship the release.

Align Software Requirements with Business Objectives

The Initial Conversation with Your Project Manager
by Mark Monteleone, CBAP, PMP, CSM 
As a business analyst (BA), what would you say during the initial conversation with your project manager (PM)? First, do not assume that the PM knows what to expect from a BA. In fact, this is your opportunity to set expectations and explain your value added to the project.

Brainstorming Revisited
by Mark Monteleone, CBAP, PMP, CSM 
Probably the most used facilitation technique in business analysis is brainstorming.  In summary, a group meets with a facilitator and attempts to gather as many ideas as possible to address a problem. The facilitator sets rules at the beginning of the session of which the most important is “no adverse judgment of ideas” during the session.

WEBINAR: Stand Up and Deliver Great Product with Collaborative Requirements
Jun 26, 2014 - Register Now, Cost: FREE

WEBINAR: Own the Collaboration Circle to Keep Future Projects on Track
Aug 20, 2014 - Register Now, Cost: FREE

Conference: World Congress for Business Analysts
Sep 22-24, 2014 - Register Now, Seattle, WA

Conference: Business Analysis Conference Europe
Sep 22-24, 2014 - Register Now, London, UK

More Articles, Posts, and Templates
> Pre or Post Documentation, Which do you Prefer?
> Modeling complex logic with Warnier diagrams
> How Do I Become A Business Analyst?
> Getting Started with Process Improvement: 18 Page Guide

BABOK - Interactive Reference Guide     Seven Steps to Mastering Business Analysis     

Relevant Interview Questions
> What information should be included in a logical data model?
> What are the most common types of data analytics, and what is the purpose of each type?
> Why is requirements traceability important on a project?

Help a fellow BA: Forum Posts
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> How detailed does an as-is business process analysis have to be?

FEATURED Business Analysis JOBS
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> Business Systems Analyst Job

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Business Analyst (Ref#: SJ319): Use Case/Business case development skills by interfacing with subject matter experts in business operations, product management, product marketing and sales.

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