Ten Steps to Creating Reliable Spreadsheets

Stop worrying about how sophisticated your spreadsheets are. What you (and your company) should worry about is how reliable your spreadsheet is. Here are ten things you can do to ensure your data is right and that you (and your company) aren’t depending on a unreliable spreadsheet. Embarrassingly enough, I run both my personal finances […]
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Crafting a Strategic Response to the World You Live in with PESTLE

The world is a big complicated place. A PESTLE analysis provides a way to understand your world…but that only matters if you turn the information PESTLE generates into something useful. Following your PESTLE analysis with three more steps (and merging it with another critical business analysis tool) can lead you to something actionable. As we […]
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The Two Business Analysis Tools and the One Technique Every Business Analyst Must Master

Of all the tools and techniques available to a business analyst, two tools and one technique are essential. One tool defines the question that drives analysis, one technique balances off the three forces that drive the selection of all the other tools, and the final tool ensures that the BAs conclusions are communicated effectively.  Business […]
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The Real Role of the Business Analyst: Connecting Strategy to Action

If business analysts were just people who”analyze businesses” they would have, at most, a passive role that wouldn’t contribute to their organizations’ achieving their goals. The real role of the business analyst is a far more active one and provides the essential link between the organization’s goals and its IT projects. Wikipedia defines four kinds […]
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Actually, Project Managers are Pretty Good at Estimating Software Projects

Fortunately for the organizations they work for,  development teams are smart enough not to build the original project’s design — which is why we have Scrum and Agile. But, even with Scrum, good estimating may be the least important thing you have to do: Adopting Scrum, Kanban, or any Agile methodology means that you have […]
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