Author Archives: R.P. Churchill

Jira and Confluence for RTMs and My Framework

I finally finished the Udemy course on Jira and Confluence. As I watched each section of the course I thought about how the capabilities of the two products can be used to represent Requirements Traceability Matrices, and furthermore how they … Continue reading

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Pittsburgh IIBA Meetup: Do You Think You Are a Good Listener? Let Us Surprise You!

This evening’s talk at the Pittsburgh IIBA Meetup was about communication skills. Although there was some discussion about conveying messages the emphasis was on how to receive them. Both are important to business analysts. BAs must provide context for what … Continue reading

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A Simulationist’s Framework for Business Analysis: One More Update

So I’m working my way through the Jira course and I finally came to a clear understanding of a special case I’ve been trying to clarify. For the most part the processes of discovery and data collection result in the … Continue reading

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A Simulationist’s Framework for Business Analysis: An Update

While continuing to work through my Jira course with an eye toward using it in conjunction with a Requirements Traceability Matrix, I’ve been thinking about the context of how the work actually gets done. I’ve discussed the content of the … Continue reading

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Requirements Traceability Matrix (RTM)

One of my favorite tools to use during any project, but particularly for software projects, is the Requirements Traceability Matrix (RTM). I’ve discussed this in presentations I’ve given on the framework I use for performing business analysis (and project management … Continue reading

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Data Collection: Characterizing a Process

Having discussed the process of discovery yesterday I wanted to go into detail about data collection today. While discovery identifies the nouns and verbs of a process, data collection identifies the adjectives and adverbs. I’ve listed a bunch of ways … Continue reading

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Discovery: Learning What’s In a Process

Discovery is observing or researching what’s in a system or process. It identifies facilities, entities, resources, information, and activities. These are the nouns and verbs that comprise the system or process under investigation. Discovery does not try to quantify the … Continue reading

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A Simulationist’s Framework for Business Analysis: Combined Survey Results

These results are combined from versions of this talk given in Pittsburgh, DC, and Baltimore. List at least five steps you take during a typical business analysis effort. I would list the steps I take in conducting an analysis project … Continue reading

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A Simulationist’s Framework for Business Analysis: Round Three

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Structured Thought: Problem Solving

On Monday I attended a Meetup at the IIBA’s Pittsburgh Chapter for a presentation about structured problem solving given by a gentleman named Greg Acton. The presentation included an introduction of about twenty minutes, a small group exercise for another … Continue reading

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