Andrew Barker

Thoughts and Tools for successful (IT) projects

10 Business Analysis Skills for this year

2 years and 2 months ago
By Drew

Nice list of meta skills to consider.

think of the BA role as a broker of information, getting big picture and details from many different people, groups, executives, subject matter experts, vendors, technical resources, etc

1) Conceptual Modeling Skills

2) Communicating Details and Concepts

3) Curiosity

4) Decomposing the Abstract into Details

5) Mentoring and Coaching

6) Communicating Risks

7) Leveraging the «parking lot»

8) Change Management

9) Asking WHY?

10) Impromptu Whiteboard Drawing

via The Top 10 Business Analysis Skills for 2012.

Tracking A Project's True Benefits

2 years and 2 months ago
By Drew

Is it on time? Under budget? Possibly these are the least important questions to worry about. This article offers a few other metrics to consider about regarding the value and purpose of a given project.

 

we often get so caught up in the process of tracking our projects that we focus on tracking the project management and not the project itself. Cost and schedule matter, but project results matter more

via Genius PMO: Tracking A Project's Financial Benefit Is Pure Genius - PM Hut.

Are You Meeting the User Experience Hierarchy of Needs?

2 years and 4 months ago
By Drew

Short and sweet... and makes sense to me.

Hierarchy of needs

The basic needs in the UX pyramid are functionality and information. The higher needs are aesthetics and usability.

via Are You Meeting the User Experience Hierarchy of Needs? - UX Movement.

Stop Gathering Requirements

2 years and 4 months ago
By Drew

...where do requirements come from? They are analyzed into existence. Requirements are defined or created by the business analyst. The business analyst's job is to define the solution to a business problem. The requirements document is the representation of the complete and accurate statement of what must be done to solve the business problem. Requirements are a business analyst's job, not to gather, but to create.

via Stop Gathering Requirements | Steve Blais.

Elicitation in a New Domain

2 years and 5 months ago
By Drew

This is likely to be useful for me in the near future.

a few simple tricks to help effectively elicit requirements in these unfamiliar situations

via Elicitation in the Dark: Finding Your Way to Success in a New Domain.

Playing with Project Management

2 years and 5 months ago
By Drew

Interesting application of 'Gaming' here.

Software development projects are notorious for blowing past deadlines and through budgets, however managers try to track progress and motivate workers to hit milestones. A startup called RedCritter is taking a new approach, with software that turns the task of measuring performance and sticking to a schedule into something more like a game.

via Playing with Project Management - Technology Review.

I wonder how well this would really work. I'd imagine the intended player audience makes a difference.

Reminds me some of Jane McGonigal's work.

 

Mind the Gap – The Capability Gap

2 years and 5 months ago
By Drew

I really like the material at Bridging the Gap. Very good BA content there.

The purpose of Assess Capability Gaps is:

«To identify new capabilities required by the enterprise to meet the business need.»

via Mind the Gap – The Capability Gap (BABOK 5.2).

How To Run A Creative Design Process For A Big Project

2 years and 5 months ago
By Drew

Although written by a Drupal consultant, this is a great structure for any IT project.

How do we get people to agree on things when there are sometimes as many as 10 voices in the room?

Here are some pieces of the puzzle for you to chew on.

via How To Run A Creative Design Process For A Big Project | Chapter Three.

9 Ways to Start the 9AM Meeting On Time

2 years and 5 months ago
By Drew

Some very good ideas here for attendance guidelines...

5. Make It a Short Meeting – Most meetings are allocated too much time. Very few topics need an hour-long meeting. Instead, schedule it for 30 (or 15) minutes. It is easy to be 5 (or 10) minutes late to an hour-long event. People will be less likely to miss 10 minutes of a 15 minute meeting.

via 9 Ways to Start the 9AM Meeting On Time | Time Management Ninja.

How to Rock a Systems Design Interview

2 years and 5 months ago
By Drew

On its face this article is about how to interview for a development job. But as a BA, this offers nice guidelines for many projects I have worked on.

take ownership of open-ended problems, and it's our job to come up with the best solution to each. We need people we can trust to do the right thing without a lot of supervision — people who can own large projects and take them consistently in the right direction. Invariably, this means being able to communicate effectively with the people around you. Working on problems with huge scope isn't something you can do in a vacuum.

via Palantir Technologies » Blog Archive » How to Rock a Systems Design Interview.

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