Browsing All posts tagged under »Business Analysis«

Meaningful Work – Busy Work

September 27, 2012 by

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Meaningful Work versus Busy Work was the central theme of a presentation and discussion I shared with the PMI Heartland Professional Development Day on September 17, 2012.   The title was “Undercover Agile”.  The premise was sorting through what’s meaningful and busy work in daily project management practice.  Once sorted, high performance organizations and project managers focus […]

Working in the Weeds

July 31, 2012 by

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12 months of two consulting project management engagements.  Digging in.  Pitching in. Working in the weeds! Since 2002 my career has been a blend of “doing” project management, business analysis, faclitation, agile and lean six sigma along with “teaching” those same subjects.  The last 12 months has been 95% of the doing.  Now that the […]

Business Analysis Technique #2 – Benchmarking

May 27, 2011 by

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Benchmarking is a valid, powerful and concrete way to compare a new system or process to the current, “as-is” state OR to compare multiple systems in a vendor selection process. To ensure each of those adjectives (valid, powerful and concrete) are met here’s some suggestions: Valid – ensure a level playing field in all systems […]

Celebration! 100,000 readers!

May 17, 2011 by

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Time for a little celebration.  Today the TAPUniversity blog surpassed 100,000 visits or reads.  Over the last two years our blog readership and contributions have grown steadily.  Several hundred professionals check in each day and explore over 400 articles and growing.    We’ll continue to publish and hope you’ll share in our exploration of the Management […]

Pragnalysis team announce launch of free Requirements Management Software Tool – “ReqLine”

May 16, 2011 by

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On medium and large scale projects, requirements management can become a difficult overhead.  Teams that rely on spreadsheet and word-processing software to create and manage requirements documents often find it difficult to maintain the traceability and inter-dependencies between requirements.   We all know the value of tracing, tracking and maintaining our requirements documents, but until now […]

Business Analysis Technique #4 – Business Rules Analysis

April 29, 2011 by

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Business Rules.  Universal definitions or process descriptions that transcend a single use case or process flow.  A little bit bigger than a glossary definition (such as income range, gender, ethnicity) but not quite a usage scenario in its own right.  Business rules as they’re refined, adapted and updated are invaluable requirements assets – they really […]

Business Analysis Technique #11 – Focus Groups

March 31, 2011 by

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Focus Groups – the 11th Technique listed in the Business Analysis Body of Knowledge employ a skilled facilitator(s) and a small group of prospective or current customers to seek out and understand what the customer or user wants and/or how they use a product or service.  The information gathered from a focus group is powerful.  […]