Author Archives: R.P. Churchill

Unified Theory of Business Analysis: Part Two

How The Fifty Business Analysis Techniques Apply to the Solution Effort and the Engagement Effort Yesterday I kicked off this discussion by clarifying the difference between the solution effort and the engagement effort. Again, the solution effort involves the work … Continue reading

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Unified Theory of Business Analysis: Part One

Defining and Distinguishing Between the Solution Effort and the Engagement Effort There seems to be a great deal of confusion in describing what business analysts do, since they often seem to be doing such different things. I’ve confirmed this after … Continue reading

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Components of a Solution

I wanted to define some terms and provide some context in preparation for the next few posts. Specifically, I’m describing the components of a solution. A process model is a model of a system that either does exist or will … Continue reading

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Combined Survey Results, Updated (March 2019)

With the addition of survey data taken at recent meetups in Orlando and Tampa, the combined results are updated here. List 5-8 steps you take during a typical project. These vary, but mostly follow a recognizable pattern, in rough keeping … Continue reading

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Business Analysis Survey: Round Five

I collected more survey responses at the recent Tampa IIBA meetup, and the results are posted below. List 5-8 steps you take during a typical project. listen – to stakeholders and customers analyze – documents, data, atc. to understand thhings … Continue reading

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Communicating With Leaders

Yesterday I attended the Tampa IIBA’s chapter meeting to see the presentation given by Kara Sundar, titled Communicating With Leaders: Increase Your Productivity and Influence. The presentation was very effective and based on materials from the book Change Intelligence by … Continue reading

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A Simulationist’s Framework for Business Analysis: Round Four

Yesterday I gave my talk at the Orlando IIBA chapter meetup. The updated presentation is here: https://www.rpchurchill.com/presentations/zSimFrameForBA_Orlando/SimFrameForBA.html This presentation was a bit different than previous ones because I’ve begun to add some new material dealing with what I call The … Continue reading

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Monitoring System Health and Availability, and Logging: Part 4

One more piece of context must be added to the discussion I’ve written up here, here, and here, and that is the place of these operations in the 7-layer OSI communications model. The image above is copied from and linked … Continue reading

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Monitoring System Health and Availability, and Logging: Part 3

Now that we’ve described how to sense error states and something about how to record logging information on systems running multiple processes, we’ll go into some deeper aspects of these activities. We’ll first discuss storing information so errors can be … Continue reading

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Monitoring System Health and Availability, and Logging: Part 2

Continuing yesterday’s discussion of monitoring and logging, I wanted to work through a few specific cases and try to illustrate how things can be sensed in an organized way, and especially how errors of various types can be detected. To … Continue reading

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