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The thinking meeting
We use meetings as a way of getting a group of people together to share knowledge, information and ideas and to make decisions. However, meetings are often criticised (especially by participants) as a waste of time and a barrier to getting work done. You often hear complaints about the effectiveness of meetings, things like:It’s only the most talkative people who are heard  I need more time to…

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What does “value” mean to a Business Analyst?
As a Business Analyst I can contribute analytical and systems thinking So that the eventual solution provides business value by exactly matching the real needs of the business.  This Business Analyst’s story raises some interesting questions about value, and why the BA is the person to discover it. Wants versus Needs Let’s start by looking at how requirements usually get started. If you ask…

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6 Things the Agile Business Analyst Should Know
There is a lot of confusion about the role of business analysis in agile development – some people say we don’t need analysts, others tell us “analysis is so important we do it all the time”, others say the Product Owner does all the work of analysis, others suggest that business analysts are part of the cross-functional team. Of course my answer is “it depends”. Irrespective of the job titles of…

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BA top trends
We caught up with Jenny Saunders, SoftEd’s Practice Lead for Business Analysis to talk key trends, hot topics and the future of Business Analysis. 1. What’s the most pervasive trend in the BA space at the moment? The most important is User Centred Design or Design Thinking.   UCD promotes five key steps: 1. Empathize; 2. Define; 3. Ideate; 4. Prototype; and 5. Test.   It’s all about understanding…

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The long awaited BABOK® Guide v3 Is here!
SoftEd’s Chief Knowledge Engineer, Shane Hastie is held in high regard around the world and was selected for the lead team on the IIBA’s international committee that developed the BABOK® Guide v3. The Guide to the Business Analysis Body of Knowledge® Version 3 (BABOK® Guide v3) was released in April and SoftEd trainers Sean Boylan, Ellan Young and Suzanne and James Robertson were all…

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Knowing when to stop – trim that tail ruthlessly
My friend and collaborator on building our Agile Business Analyst courses (both classroom based and elearning versions) Steve Adolph posted an excellent discussion on the Development Knowledge blog about the importance of leaving decisions in product development projects to the last responsible moment and the shape of a healthy backlog.   Following on from Steve’s wise words I want to talk about…

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