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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”.

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.

What Business Analysts Can Learn From Swiss Cheese

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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

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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 Magic of Intent: Start Knowing The Goals of Your Users

Speaker: Terhi Hanninen, Senior Product Manager, Zalando, and Dr. Franziska Roth, Senior User Researcher, Zalando

It's important to know your users - what are their preferences, pain points, ultimate goals? With user research and usage data, you can get a great idea of how your users act. The tricky part is, very few users reliably act the same way every time they use your product. Join Terhi Hanninen, Senior Product Manager, and Dr. Franziska Roth, Senior User Researcher at Zalando, as they explain how they were able to reach a new level of user understanding - by taking their user research and segmenting their users by point-in-time intent. You'll leave with a strategy to change how your product team, and organization at large, understands your users.

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 Business Analyst's Guide To Managing Change Requests

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It’s common knowledge that people tend to resist change as much as they can. However, without change, there can’t be progress and BAs would certainly not have that much to do. When working on large projects, change requests from stakeholders are to be expected.

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.

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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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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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.

Encouraging Innovation in an Established Product Culture

Speaker: Richard Cardran, Chief Creative Officer and VP Strategy, HIA Technologies

Innovation is both a process and an outcome. The best way to begin innovating your products is by innovating your internal process. We'll explore the challenges, solutions, and hands-on techniques for becoming a successful "agent of change" within a well-established product culture. We'll examine the importance of UX and user-centric feature analysis, the adaptation of Agile Methodologies to the creative process, as well as a way to drive successful culture change for setting expectations and winning approvals with cross-functional stakeholders. Innovation and Leadership go hand in hand. Join Richard Cardran, Chief Creative Officer and VP Strategy, HIA Technologies, as we assess some case studies to see how to lead with a clear strategy well-defined tactics, and an unbiased understanding of the fundamental question: "why are you innovating?"

How Do Business Analysts Fit Into Agile Projects?

BA Learnings

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.

Eliciting Requirements From Dispersed Stakeholders

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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.

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.

Embedding Operational Reports: Everything Product Managers Should Know

Speaker: Dean Yao, Sr. Director of Product Marketing, Logi Analytics

Businesses are run with analytics - but companies continue to struggle with interpreting, analyzing, and distributing data. Operational reports help get information to the people who need it most, in formats they understand, and in a timeframe that matters. Join the webinar to learn how embedding operational reports can give your users a precisely formatted, ready-to-analyze view of their operational activities. World-class software teams are embedding operational reports to empower end users with interactive data visualizations, detailed information, and highly precise formats that can be shared via email, PDF, print, or online.

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.

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.

Your 2-Part Metrics Audit for High-Value Products

Speaker: Sam McAfee, Product Development Consultant, Startup Patterns

You know what they say: what's measured improves. As product managers we're in a golden age of being able to get all sorts of metrics and run all sorts of experiments. But what are your measurements and analytics focused on? Are they really truly objective? Do they contribute to the ultimate vision of your product? And is everybody clear on that vision? Join Sam McAfee, Product Development Consultant, as he takes you through a two-part measurement audit. First, you'll learn how to make sure your measurements actually align with your product strategy. And second, you'll learn how to evaluate your culture of using measurements, so future experiments will more consistently provide high-value results.

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 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.

How to Get Stakeholders to Open Up During Elicitation Sessions

BA Learnings

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.

Assessing and Fostering a Culture of Innovation

Speaker: Magnus Penker, CEO & Founder, Innovation360 Group

Welcome to an interactive empowering session on how to sharpen your future through innovation management, which can help guide your company’s goals. During this webinar, Magnus Penker, international thought leader and author, will dive into how to assess and foster culture and capabilities for innovation.

Add Shine to your Data Science Resume with these 8 Ambitious Projects on GitHub

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Overview Here are eight ambitious data science projects to add to your data science portfolio We have divided these projects into three categories – The post Add Shine to your Data Science Resume with these 8 Ambitious Projects on GitHub appeared first on Analytics Vidhya.

Getting to know Shrian Ramsamuj, Cyber Security Professional, Grindrod Bank

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Shrian Ramsamuj, Cyber Security Professional, Grindrod Bank will be presenting at the CISO Africa 2020 event in February 2020 and we caught up with him to find out more about himself and his current view of the industry. CISO Africa 2020

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Become a Data Visualization Whiz with this Comprehensive Guide to Seaborn in Python

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Overview Seaborn is a popular data visualization library for Python Seaborn combines aesthetic appeal and technical insights – two crucial cogs in a data. The post Become a Data Visualization Whiz with this Comprehensive Guide to Seaborn in Python appeared first on Analytics Vidhya.

4 Unique Methods to Optimize your Python Code for Data Science

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Overview Writing optimized Python code is a crucial piece in your data science skillset Here are four methods to optimize your Python code (with. The post 4 Unique Methods to Optimize your Python Code for Data Science appeared first on Analytics Vidhya.

Measure the Immeasurable: Beyond Vanity Metrics

Speaker: Sari Harrison, Product Management Instructor, Product School

As a product manager, it's your job to realize your product’s vision by executing your chosen strategy. It’s also your job to deliver value to the business. Ultimately, these two outcomes are aligned so the temptation is to focus primarily on business metrics. Doing this can cause you to lose focus on the real value you are trying to achieve, in favor of moving the vanity metrics such as launches and time spent. Join Sari Harrison, Product Management Instructor at Product School, as she explains how to use immeasurable success criteria along with your more standard KPIs to deliver products that don't just get used a lot, but deliver real value.

AI’s Impact on Cyber Security

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CISO Africa Insights

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A Hitchiker's Guide to CDAO Africa 2019

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255 delegates from local and global leading organizations attended the CDAO Africa 2019 event, which delivered as promised. The attendees could be categorized into three main types of people that attended the event. DataCon Africa Insights

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Digitizing Customer Experiences Requires a ‘Human Touch’

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Digitization is one of the most popular customer experience (CX) optimization techniques. It involves taking analogue or manual customer interactions and replacing them with digitally assisted or automatic ones. Customer Experience & Customer Management

Demystifying BERT: A Comprehensive Guide to the Groundbreaking NLP Framework

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Overview Google’s BERT has transformed the Natural Language Processing (NLP) landscape Learn what BERT is, how it works, the seismic impact it has made, The post Demystifying BERT: A Comprehensive Guide to the Groundbreaking NLP Framework appeared first on Analytics Vidhya.

Leverage Your Organization for Best Product Decisions

Speaker: Rene Kolga, Senior Director of Product and Marketing, Nyotron

You can learn a lot by studying your product data, but the real magic happens when product managers blend different types of data from different sources. If you want to blend data and intuition to make bold decisions that move your product forward, you'll need to open yourself up to new data sources - but where do you get this new information? Rene Kolga, Senior Director of Product and Marketing at Nyotron, knows the answer: from other teams in your organization! Join us as Rene goes through the different teams you'll find in a B2B organization, how to build a strong relationship with those teams, and what kinds of insights you can get that will benefit your product.

Everything you Should Know about p-value from Scratch for Data Science

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Overview What is p-value? Where is it used in data science? And how can we calculate it? We answer all these questions and more. The post Everything you Should Know about p-value from Scratch for Data Science appeared first on Analytics Vidhya.

Build an Image Classification Model using Convolutional Neural Networks in PyTorch

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Overview A hands-on tutorial to build your own convolutional neural network (CNN) in PyTorch We will be working on an image classification problem – The post Build an Image Classification Model using Convolutional Neural Networks in PyTorch appeared first on Analytics Vidhya.

Here are 7 Data Science Projects on GitHub to Showcase your Machine Learning Skills!

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Overview Working on Data Science projects is a great way to stand out from the competition Check out these 7 data science projects on. The post Here are 7 Data Science Projects on GitHub to Showcase your Machine Learning Skills! appeared first on Analytics Vidhya.

A Complete List of Important Natural Language Processing Frameworks you should Know (NLP Infographic)

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Overview Here’s a list of the most important Natural Language Processing (NLP) frameworks you need to know in the last two years From Google. The post A Complete List of Important Natural Language Processing Frameworks you should Know (NLP Infographic) appeared first on Analytics Vidhya.

Buyer’s Guide for Embedded Analytics

Selecting the right embedded analytics technology in a crowded market filled with sub-categories can be a daunting task. This eBook discusses the top evaluation criteria buyers of embedded analytics need to consider.