Business Architects use business analysis or do business analysis practitioners use Business Architecture
Business Analysts
by karez.daley@business-analysis.com.au
2w ago
by Business Analysis, Business architecture is a commonly used term in the business analysis domain as well in most organisations. This article describes in simple language what the term means and why it is so important. Like many things in the English language and in the business analysis world, the term “business architecture ” means many things to many people! This article attempts to disperse the general fuzziness that surrounds the discipline of business architecture and to convince you why it’s important to your business’s success. The BABOK describes business architecture as “Business a ..read more
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Seven steps to Mastering Business Analysis
Business Analysts
by karez.daley@business-analysis.com.au
2w ago
by Business Analysis, The Art of Knowing Your Audience In the dynamic realm of business analysis, effective communication stands as the cornerstone of success. The ability to understand and connect with your audience is a crucial skill that can make or break a project’s success. In Barbara A. Carkenord’s book, “Seven Steps to Mastering Business Analysis,” Chapter 2 dives deep into the importance of knowing your audience. This blog post will explore the key insights from this chapter and shed light on the significance of tailoring communication for business analysts. Establishing Trust with You ..read more
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Mastering Questioning Techniques
Business Analysts
by karez.daley@business-analysis.com.au
2w ago
by Business Analysis, The ability to extract information, facilitate discussions, and enable informed decisions is invaluable. One of the most powerful tools in a business analyst’s arsenal is the skill to know when and what questions to ask. This blog helps to explain different types of open and closed questions, along with practical examples of when and how to use them effectively in a business analyst role. Open Questions Open questions encourage detailed responses and invite stakeholders to share their perspectives, insights, and ideas. Question Description Example Recall Recall quest ..read more
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The Agile Mindset
Business Analysts
by karez.daley@business-analysis.com.au
2w ago
by Business Analysis, Some of the changes to achieve the future state will require considering large initiatives as Epics, as containers capture the more substantial investments that occur within a portfolio. Business epics directly deliver business value. The agile culture preaches frequent feedback loops that can be applied globally (across the entire organisation) and locally (across all teams). The idea is to create a network of these short planning and learning cycles at various organisational levels so that you can review strategy, initiative risk, and delivery capabilities. This allows ..read more
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Release Planning
Business Analysts
by karez.daley@business-analysis.com.au
2w ago
by Business Analysis, A release is of paramount importance for a software project. It may contain new features, bug fixes, or performance improvements for the system. The stakeholders affected by the items in the release eagerly await the expected release, as business processes may be on pause due to the bugs or awaiting new features. During my time working on agile projects, I have often encountered situations where a release is not delivered on time. This always causes frustration among stakeholders and business users. This is often caused by poor release planning or a lack of release plann ..read more
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In the Thick of IT
Business Analysts
by karez.daley@business-analysis.com.au
2w ago
by Gareth Jones, On a recent coaching call, my amazing Coach – Mark Creedon from Business Accelerator Mastermind asked me to book in a call with him on 3 things I need – if I had 3 wishes, what would they be? I clarified this by asking “Do you mean 3 personal things, 3 professional things?” to which he simply replied “Yes”. Easy right? Well, it didn’t turn out to be. This question was something swirling around the back of my mind through the remainder of the week and well into the next. I would raise the question to myself, not come up with an immediate answer, and then push the question to th ..read more
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Keeping Stakeholders Engaged in Long Digital Transformations
Business Analysts
by karez.daley@business-analysis.com.au
2w ago
by Business Analysis, A long digital transformation journey refers to a significant and complex process of adopting and integrating digital technologies, strategies, and cultural changes across an organisation. Unlike short-term digital projects, which may have specific goals and finite timelines, a long digital transformation journey occurs over an extended period and can span several years. Embarking on a long digital transformation journey comes with its fair share of challenges, particularly when it comes to keeping stakeholders engaged. Effective communication through exceptional business ..read more
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What is Portfolio Management?
Business Analysts
by karez.daley@business-analysis.com.au
2w ago
by Business Analysis, In the last blog in this series, we introduced the concept of Agile Portfolio Management as an effective way of assisting companies in the management of their multiple initiatives. In this blog we will delve further into what is Portfolio Management. DEFINITION OF PORTFOLIO MANAGEMENT Portfolio management began to be used primarily in the finance sector to select certain investments with the purpose of diluting the total risk of that investment. But unlike financial portfolio management, where the evaluation and decision-making criteria are fundamentally financial, the mo ..read more
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Agile Portfolio Management
Business Analysts
by karez.daley@business-analysis.com.au
2w ago
by Business Analysis, Part 1: SUMMARY Stakeholders’ commitment to the project will often heavily influence its success. Stakeholder commitment and availability often results in project delays and reduced clarity around requirements – often increasing risk and impacting cost and overall value. The main objective of portfolio management is to find a balance between projects, to explore strategic alignment and synergies between them and maximise the use of resources, establishing a comparative analysis in terms of cost, value, time, and risk. The answer to ensuring stakeholder engagement lies in ..read more
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Seven steps to Mastering Business Analysis
Business Analysts
by karez.daley@business-analysis.com.au
1M ago
by Business Analysis, The Art of Knowing Your Audience In the dynamic realm of business analysis, effective communication stands as the cornerstone of success. The ability to understand and connect with your audience is a crucial skill that can make or break a project’s success. In Barbara A. Carkenord’s book, “Seven Steps to Mastering Business Analysis,” Chapter 2 dives deep into the importance of knowing your audience. This blog post will explore the key insights from this chapter and shed light on the significance of tailoring communication for business analysts. Establishing Trust with You ..read more
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