Tag Archives: BABOK

Data Mining

Data mining is the processing of large quantities of data to glean useful insights and support decision-making. Descriptive techniques like generating graphical depictions or applying other methods allow users to identify patterns, trends, or clusters. Diagnostic techniques like decision trees … Continue reading

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State Modeling

What do we mean by state? We commonly think of the states of matter as solid, liquid, and gaseous, and we know that these are dependent on temperature. For water at — atmospheric pressure — we refer to these states … Continue reading

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Reviews

Reviews are about examining some output or artifact for quality and agreement. I primarily think of this process in terms of my framework, as shown in the figure below, but many contexts are valid. In my framework, review means building … Continue reading

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Business Model Canvas

Like the balanced scorecard technique I described yesterday, I view the business model canvas technique as a way to get analysts to look at organizations in a different way. It is used fairly commonly (though I had never seen nor … Continue reading

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Balanced Scorecard

I have never explicitly used this technique, but I have certainly examined problems, systems, and opportunities from all the perspectives contained within it. This is true of many techniques described in the BABOK. I often note that every formalized technique … Continue reading

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Concept Modeling

A concept model, or conceptual model, is an abstract representation of an organization, process, system, or product. It relates the nouns and verbs and other categorizations within and between elements. It can take any arbitrary form, in contrast with the … Continue reading

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Survey or Questionnaire

Surveys and questionnaires are excellent tools for gathering data, opinions, needs, and observations from large groups of respondents in a relatively short time. They come in many forms, with individual questions being either open-ended, where respondents can provide any type … Continue reading

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Mind Mapping

A mind map is a particular type of diagram used for taking notes, organizing thoughts, and understanding hierarchies. Business analysts can use any type of diagram that aids understanding and communication between participants in any engagement. (My website is littered … Continue reading

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Functional Decomposition

My first engineering job was as a process engineer in the paper industry, where I designed and analyzed large industrial systems that ran this… through this… to make this… We can break the system down (or build it up) like … Continue reading

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Data Modeling

From the BABOK: A data model describes the entities, classes or data objects relevant to a domain, the attributes that are used to describe them, and the relationships among them to provide a common set of semantics for analysis and … Continue reading

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