Category Archives: Tools and methods

Understanding and Monitoring Microservices Across Five Levels

Did I know anything about microservices (or DevOps, or…) when I landed at Universal recently? No, I did not. Did that stop me from figuring it out in short order? Nope. Did that stop me from being able to reverse-engineer … Continue reading

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Using Data In My Framework and In Simulations

I recently wrote about how data is collected and used in the different phases of my business analysis framework. After giving the most recent version of my presentation on the subject I was asked for clarification about how the data … Continue reading

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Combined Survey Results (late March 2019)

The additional survey results from yesterday are included in the combined results here. List at least five steps you take during a typical business analysis effort. Requirements Gathering Initiation Testing QA Feedback User acceptance Requirement Elicitation UX Design Software Design … Continue reading

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A Simulationist’s Framework for Business Analysis: Round Five

Today I gave this talk at the Project Summit – Business Analyst World conference in Orlando. The slides I used for this presentation are here. The most recent version of the slides, which includes links to detailed discussions of more … Continue reading

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What Do I Mean By “Solve The Problem Abstractly?”

Requirements and Design Phases Looking at the phases I’ve described in my business analysis framework, I wanted to describe the major difference between the step for requirements and design. The artifacts created as part of these phases, which usually include … 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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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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