Author Archives: R.P. Churchill

Unified Theory of Business Analysis: Part Three

How The Most Commonly Used Software Tools Apply to the Solution Effort and the Engagement Effort Continuing last week’s discussions I wanted to analyze how business analysts tend to apply their favorite software tools. Excel (24) Microsoft Excel is such … Continue reading

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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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Computer Simulation

I gave this talk on computer simulation at the Mensa Regional Gathering in Orlando on Sunday, January 20, 2019. The slides for the presentation are here. I give a brief description of the major types of simulation and discuss some … 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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