We have released the first online training course in a series for business analysts who wish to self study for recognised qualifications. The series is called, Guide to Success. The course is called Introduction to Business Process Modelling. It supports the syllabus for the BCS Certificate in Modelling Business Processes. Watch the video to learn more. … [Read more...] about Online training for business analysts – Video overview
Business agility is not an option Business agility is, among other things, the ability to change rapidly and safely in response to, or in anticipation of, relevant changes in the external environment. For every organisation, business agility is not an option. Here is a list of some of the ways in which the best business analysts and business architects can provide real value by supporting their organisation’s capability to achieve business agility. Ensure that all business and IS/IT … [Read more...] about How business analysts can help achieve business agility
The definition of requirements in terms of solving problems and satisfying objectives, originally specified by the IEEE, is now widely used. It is referenced by both the IIBA and the BCS international Diploma in Business Analysis. It is the definition that we often refer to at Capiro. In this article for the IREB Requirements Engineering newsletter. September 2017, the authors examine this definition and some of its implications. The IEEE definition of a requirement is probably not … [Read more...] about Requirements – What’s the problem?
Communication and interpersonal skills are the secret sauce of the most successful business analysts and business architects. And the further these professionals go in their careers, the more important these ‘soft skills’ become. We have included two articles by the same author on communication skills. The first covers interpersonal skills in general and provides a ‘top 10’ list of relevant communication skills. Interestingly, the list starts with ‘listening’ as a communication skill. You … [Read more...] about Communication skills get you talked about
The subject of business agility has been gaining increasing traction over the last few years. Ever since the presentation of the agile manifesto, which was primarily related to computer programming, the word agile is appearing in ever greater number of contexts. As Bertrand Meyer, in his book, ‘Agile, the Good, the Hype and the Ugly’, asks, "Who wants to say they are not agile?" And as many consultants, trainers and authors can confirm, use of the ‘A’ word is great for driving sales. … [Read more...] about The business agility manifesto
Yesterday’s technologies. One thing that hasn’t evolved that much for the average computer user is how to get what they’re thinking into the computer. Most business analysts probably still think primarily of the old technologies. We’ve had keyboards forever. And many business analysts spend a significant proportion of their time as an (untrained) typist. Unless we can ‘touch type’, business analysis activities such as writing up interview notes, reports and business cases tend … [Read more...] about Data capture at the speed of thought