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Waterfall to Agile: A Necessary Mindset Shift For Business Analysts

BA Learnings

I tend to describe the agile approach as a way of working; A targeted way of working that allows us to make changes, respond to customers’ needs and manage uncertainty with minimal delays, and without needing to wade through “red tape”.

Writing Business Cases: 6 Things You Should Know About Identifying Project Benefits

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Business cases are often required to justify the need to launch new products/services, initiate projects or invest funds on business initiatives.

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10 Quick Tips For Procedure Documentation

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Most software development and process improvement projects involve introducing new ways of working as part of implementation.

The Language Of Requirements Documents - When To Use Shall, Will & Should.

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A well-written business requirements document (BRD) forms the basis of successful project documents and can be used to verify that all stakeholders are on the same page. Three words that are often misunderstood and therefore misused in requirement documents are shall , should and will.

ABCs of Data Normalization for B2B Marketers

Data normalization. It’s not a far stretch to suggest that the topic isn’t exactly what gets marketers excited in their day-to-day workflow. However, if lead generation, reporting, and measuring ROI is important to your marketing team, then data normalization matters - a lot. In this eBook, we’ll break down the ins and outs of data normalization and review why it’s so critical for your marketing strategies and goals!

What Business Analysts Can Learn From Swiss Cheese

BA Learnings

Swiss cheese has holes in various places on different slices of cheese when you cut it up. Let’s imagine these holes reflect weaknesses in the system where mistakes can pass through, afterall no system is perfect.

Business Analysts & The Anchor Effect

BA Learnings

I’ve always been intrigued by the concept of cognitive bias for the simple reason that it exposes the flaws in one’s thinking and ability to make sound decisions.

The Business Analyst's Guide To Encouraging Critical Thinking

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If you’re a manager in charge of a business analyst team or are a part of any team in charge of achieving key business objectives, this article discusses useful insights on how you can trigger and sustain critical thinking in the team. Imagine you’re in a meeting.

A List of Business Process Management Certifications

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While there’s nothing like having some experience under your belt, Business Process Management (BPM) certifications can aid analysts in some key ways: they serve as concrete evidence of business process management knowledge; offer the opportunity to learn new concepts /best practices; and benefit from the experience of trainers/mentors.

What BAs Should Know About Feedback Analysis

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Most people think they know what they’re good at. They are usually wrong. More often, people know what they’re not good at — and even then more people are wrong than right — Peter F.

Business Architecture: What's In It For Business Analysts?

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How can BAs ensure requirements are practical and in line with the strategy/capabilities of the business? The business architecture offers a starting point. Study after study shows that when CEOs discuss strategy, most employees don’t get it.

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How to Solve 4 Common Challenges of Legacy Information Management

Speaker: Chris McLaughlin, Chief Marketing Officer and Chief Product Officer, Nuxeo

After 20 years of Enterprise Content Management (ECM), businesses still face many of the same challenges with finding and managing information. Join Chris McLaughlin, CMO and CPO of Nuxeo, as he examines four common business challenges that these legacy ECM systems pose and how they can be addressed with a more modern approach.

4 Basic Tips For Writing A Better Business Case

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Business Analysts are often required to write business cases to justify whether or not a concept/product is viable. Business cases can be of varying lengths and structure. Taking on such a task can seem intimidating, but it doesn’t have to be.

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8 Tips For Implementing A Successful Business Intelligence Strategy

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In order to keep your business competitive, drive growth, ensure continuous improvement and enhance profits, a Business Intelligence (BI) strategy is essential. But a BI strategy is not just about technology or choosing the right platform.

Eliciting Requirements From Dispersed Stakeholders

BA Learnings

If you are meeting or contacting stakeholders for the first time and trying to understand their world, you need structure. By structure, I mean a framework of questions to channel the direction of the conversation or requirements elicitation. I was invited to prepare a business process documentation for a client who was based in another country. Traveling to meet the client was not an option. Though a Skype call could have helped, I didn’t want to go in blind.

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2017: 5 Most Popular Business Analyst Learnings Posts

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Dear BAL readers, Welcome to another exciting and promising year! 2017 flew by so fast but not without leaving its mark and some interesting ideas for us to remember as business analysts. Here is a list of the most popular 2017 posts, as determined by BAL readers. This list is based on the number of page views recorded for each post.

How Do Business Analysts Fit Into Agile Projects?

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Though the Agile Methodology is used heavily in software development domains, it has since spread into different sectors. With Agile comes a growing emphasis on equipping the development team, e.g. your software developers, content writers, engineers, designers, etc, with the information, tools, and direction they need to produce a tangible output within a fixed period of time, that is, sprints of typically 2 weeks.

The 2019 Technographic Data Report for B2B Sales Organizations

In this report, ZoomInfo substantiates the assertion that technographic data is a vital resource for sales teams. In fact, the majority of respondents agree—with 72.3% reporting that technographic data is either somewhat important or very important to their organization. The reason for this is simple—sales teams value technographic data because it makes essential selling activities easier and more efficient.

Confirmation Bias: What BAs Can Learn From Data Scientists

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When we have a strong belief about something or a bias towards a particular opinion, we consciously or unconsciously seek out evidence that validates what we already believe. When we come across contrary evidence, our default behaviour is to ignore it, diminish it or in some cases, conclude that it’s wrong prematurely without exploring its merits. This behaviour is due to a cognitive bias known as confirmation bias.

5 Simple Ways BAs Can Avoid Repeating Mistakes From Past Projects

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Once you embark on a new business analyst job or project, chances are that you will try to avoid past mistakes and look for ways in which you can deliver better results. A lot can be said for this motivation. The beginning of a project is usually an opportunity for a fresh start.

LinkedIn Groups For Business Analysts

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Ready to plunge into the networking space? Professional groups on LinkedIn offer an effective platform for you to share ideas, stay on top of trends, explore opportunities and advance your career as a Business Analyst.

The Business Analyst’s Transferrable Skills

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Transferrable skills are a core set of skills and abilities, which can be applied to other jobs and industries.

The Time-Saving Power of Intent Data for Sales

By using the power of intent data, capturing buyer interest has become more feasible for sales. Not only that, but using it will save immense time during your workflow; a win-win on all fronts.

A List Of Business Analysis Events For 2018

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If you’re ready for socializing and networking or just looking for professional development opportunities, here are some business analysis events to get you started in 2018. So, go ahead and save the dates: 1.

Groupthink Culture: How BAs Can Navigate The Tide

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Groupthink, a term introduced by social psychologist Irving Janis in 1972, occurs when a group makes bad decisions because group pressures lead to a reduction in mental efficiency and moral judgement. These groups ignore alternatives and are usually insulated from outside opinions.

How Business Analysts Can Avoid Confirmation Bias

BA Learnings

When we have a strong belief about something or a bias towards a particular opinion, we consciously or unconsciously seek out evidence that validates what we already believe.

5 Ways To Manage Denial On Business Projects

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You meet a client to discuss a problem. You present the facts and suggest solutions. They refuse to acknowledge your ideas. Worse still, they even refuse to accept the facts or shift their perspective. What can a Business Analyst do in such circumstances? Here are five ways to minimize confrontation, manage denial and find ways forward on business projects. Establish a relationship. Focus more on the client themselves as a person, and less on the details.

How ZoomInfo Enhances Your Database Management Strategy

Forward-thinking marketing organizations have continuously invested in a database strategy for enabling marketing processes. Download this ebook to learn how to maintain a strategy that includes refreshed information, database cleanses, and an accurate analysis at the same time.

How to Get Stakeholders to Open Up During Elicitation Sessions

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If you’ve worked as a Business Analyst for a while, you’ve probably encountered stakeholders who appear quite economical with information. You know there’s more to the issue than they’re letting on. While there are multiple reasons why stakeholders may hold back information (see How to Deal With A Difficult Stakeholder ), there are also some basic approaches you can adopt, all of which are recommended by psychologists, to encourage stakeholders to speak or open up. Here we go: 1.

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What Business Analysts Can Learn From Technical Writers

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Most of my time, especially at the tail end of software development projects, is spent preparing user guides for end users. I try to be creative by including screenshots and business process models so that readers can completely understand what the automated processes are about, and how the supporting business applications work. As a BA, you may find yourself in a situation where you need to prepare user guides, test plans or other technical documents for end users.

What COVID-19 Means for Data and Analytics Leaders


This is an extract from Corinium's 2020 State of Data and Analytics US benchmarking research. Click here now to access the full report. Data and Analytics

New to Git and GitHub? This Essential Beginners Guide is for you

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Overview Git and GitHub are essential tools for any data science professional who wants to code Learn the value and the in’s and out’s. The post New to Git and GitHub? This Essential Beginners Guide is for you appeared first on Analytics Vidhya. Beginner Github git

How ZoomInfo Enhances Your ABM Strategy

For marketing teams to develop a successful account-based marketing strategy, they need to ensure good data is housed within its Customer Relationship Management (CRM) software. More specifically, updated data can help organizations outline key accounts for their campaigns. And to begin the targeting process, marketing teams must develop an Ideal Customer Profile (ICP) with appropriate firmographic and behavioral data to ensure they’re going after the correct audience.Download this eBook to learn how to start improving your marketing team's data!

Business Analytics vs. Data Science – Which Path Should you Choose?

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Introduction “Business Analytics” and “Data Science” – these two terms are used interchangeably wherever I look. But there’s one indisputable fact – both industries. The post Business Analytics vs. Data Science – Which Path Should you Choose?

Running Low on Time? Use PyCaret to Build your Machine Learning Model in Seconds

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Overview PyCaret is a super useful and low-code Python library for performing multiple machine learning tasks in double-quick time Learn how to rely on. The post Running Low on Time? Use PyCaret to Build your Machine Learning Model in Seconds appeared first on Analytics Vidhya.

An Introduction to Machine Learning Libraries for C++

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Introduction I love working with C++, even after I discovered the Python programming language for machine learning. C++ was the first programming language I. The post An Introduction to Machine Learning Libraries for C++ appeared first on Analytics Vidhya.

10 matplotlib Tricks to Master Data Visualization in Python

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Overview matplotlib is a widely used Python library for performing data visualization and exploratory data analysis These 10 matplotlib tricks will enable you to. The post 10 matplotlib Tricks to Master Data Visualization in Python appeared first on Analytics Vidhya.

Data-Driven Marketing 101

This eBook highlights how data-driven strategies empower marketing campaigns through personalization tactics.

What Data Analysts Need from Their Leadership


Ahead of his appearance at this year’s Chief Data & Analytics Officer Africa conference, Michiel van Staden, Data Analytics Lead: Everyday Banking Growth at Absa, shares three things his experiences to date have taught him about data leadership. The value of data analytics rests on communication.

Video: Data Conversations Over Coffee with Maciej Kaliszka


In episode 6 of Data Conversations Over Coffee we talk to Maciej Kaliszka about building a fully accredited Data University! Data and Analytics DataCon Africa Live

Tips for Advancing Analytics Capabilities from Data Champions Online, US


The importance of company-wide buy-in and cross-functional collaboration emerged as key themes at this months Data Champions Online, US digital event.

6 Open Source Data Science Projects to Try at Home!

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Overview Work on your data science skills using these open source projects These open-source data science projects cover a broad range of topics, from. The post 6 Open Source Data Science Projects to Try at Home! appeared first on Analytics Vidhya.

Best Practices for Marketing Database Cleanse

Finding a vendor to cleanse and optimize your marketing database can be difficult if you don’t know what to look for. Download the eBook to get the most out of your database cleanse and find an appropriate vendor for your B2B marketing objectives.