The purpose of this article is to identify the types of tools a business analysis needs – based upon the functions that the business analyst does. It is not to do a comparison of tools, but rather to extract the universe of what is state-of-the-art – or best of breed – in the professional. The idea is to provide you with some information to allow you to steer your way to the tools and capabilities that you need within your project or organizational setting.
There are multiple stakeholders within the organization of the products and processes of Business Analysts. The list includes Business Analysts themselves, plus the project management team, architects, designers, developers, quality assurance, and testers. This article explores the details needed and interests of each of the stakeholder groups. Let’s take a look at one strategy. Using the basic equation “Thing + Information + Sharing = New Value Proposition”, you can identify some things that may change going forward.
A Business Analyst career offers a well-structured path. This includes two primary foundational certifications that can be earned on the way to establishing solid credentials. This article explores those two credentials, the advantages of earning certification, and offers ideas to help you as a Business Analyst to choose the right path for you. This is the second part of a series of four articles on “Business Analysis”, where we explore various aspects of the field in practice today.
What does a Business Analyst do? Well, on a simplistic level, it’s pretty simple: Business Analysts gather requirements and organize them. But it does get more complicated than that. Who does Business Analysis, and is it in combination with other jobs? What are the left and right bounds of the Business Analysis function? What do Business Analysts need to know? This article explores these questions. This is the first part of a series of four articles on “Business Analysis”, where we explore various aspects of the field in practice today.
For many there may come a time to ask, “What’s next after project management?” This article explores just that – exploring the potential for owning your own business, where you of course can leverage your project management skills!
Project management skills are broad and foundational. They can be leveraged in a wide variety of situations and in the private sector for-profit, non-profit, and public sector worlds.The consulting arena is a natural place for people with PM skills, for consulting is all about projects.
You might not think of it first thing, but being a seasoned project manager has provided you with skills that are transferable in many ways to being a good project investor. Having a keen eye and disciplined approach for determining good projects versus bad is a valuable skill.
This article explores some situations where project management skills provide a very sound skill base. These include opportunities to run small businesses, pieces of larger businesses or things outside the commercial sector such as opportunities in non-profit organizations and even volunteering.
Individuals who obtain certifications primarily do so to be more valuable for the job market. This article shows, through case studies and through logic, that obtaining certifications will make one more valuable if the certifications show a knowledge of different (yet interrelated) knowledge areas.
You may have looked into getting certified before, but shied away after viewing the price tag. But it is possible for you to get certified without spending a fortune. Find out how to get certified while saving yourself (and your company) money in the process.