Category Archives: Tools and methods

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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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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Microsoft Excel: It’s More Than Just VLOOKUP

Yesterday’s post touched on the importance of being able to use spreadsheets well, and particularly Microsoft Excel. I thought I would expand on that subject here. I saw copies of Lotus 1-2-3 back in college and certainly read about it. … Continue reading

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Domain Knowledge Acquisition

I’ve touched on this subject briefly before, but I wanted describe it more directly. The simplest definition of domain knowledge, for me, is: what you need to know to create and apply effective solutions in a specific situation. Acquisition, of … Continue reading

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Advanced Manufacturing Process Integration Ideas

I’ve seen a lot of different things over the years and they cannot help but suggest possibilities for ways things can be done in a more streamlined, integrated way. Of particular interest to me has been the many novel ways … Continue reading

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Follow-up: A Way To Use Jira for Everything?

Today I continue yesterday’s discussion of ways to implement an RTM and my framework using Jira, except this time I want to talk about using Jira for every phase of an effort and not just for implementation and testing. Given … Continue reading

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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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