Business analysts : How to learn a new domain in less than a month

I had a very Interesting experience in my BA consulting career. About 7 years back, I was conducting a public workshop on business analysis. 2 managers from a large multinational corporation attended the BA workshop.  After about a week, one…

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Business analysis estimation – Theory vs. Practice

Business analysis estimation is bit of a strange topic for most BAs. We do study 8 to 10 techniques mentioned in various sources. Most common techniques mentioned are: •        Top-down estimation Estimate efforts for components using hierarchical breakdown. Typically done when…

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Stakeholder groups vs. UN Security Council – What’s the commonalities?

You must be wondering how can there be any similarity between our stakeholder groups and UN security council? Indeed there exists a beautiful co-relation. United Nations as a well-known organization to which most sovereign countries are member nations. However, 5…

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Structuring requirements in agile projects

All agile enthusiasts swear by user stories. User stories are succinct, told from a user perspective and contain user expectation from the system and contain the value the requirement provides. However, even for a small size project, number of user…

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Capability map

Capability maps – A simpler and practical approach

Capability maps are quite useful for any organization to understand the capabilities they need to develop to stay relevant. However, typical capability maps offered in many business analysis books are quite difficult to understand and develop. So we worked on…

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