Making “Rules of Thumb” Decisions

We all have our own “rules of thumb” or heuristics that we use to make business, project and even personal decisions. Funny how using those rules can result in making poor decisions, isn’t it?  Over the years, I have found that decision-making always comes with an “it depends” clause and an optional “do nothing” clause. […]
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Building a “Just Right” Set of Project Requirements

How hard can building a complete, comprehensive, consistent, and understandable set of project requirements be? We all know that our project requirements should not just be a jumble of information.  The trick is making sure that we structure and organize those requirements properly so they define what is needed at the correct level of detail. Effective […]
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The Three Types of Takers

I have heard it said that there are 3 kinds of people making up your organization: risk takers, caretakers and undertakers. These three types of folks definitely exist out there, and their approach to dealing with people and projects can have an impact on your team and your project’s success. Let’s take a closer look […]
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Three Business Analysis Techniques for Solution Validation

If you find yourself performing solution validation as part of your project, remember that there are three general techniques that the BABOK® Guide  recommends that you use when validating that solution and addressing any defects or issues that you might find. Some of these techniques occur early in the project life cycle when you are […]
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Closer Look: Validating Your New Solutions

As discussed in my previous post, the BABOK® Guide’s Solution Assessment and Validation knowledge area asks business analysts and project teams to compare their solution and its capabilities against the project’s business, stakeholder and solution requirements that were created earlier in the project life cycle. One key aspect of this activity is that you then […]
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