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What’s the Most Popular Form of Elicitation?

IRM Training has recently conducted research and what we found was that 58% of Business Analysts use interviews as one of their primary methods of gathering requirements. The real time and direct interactions can make interviews very effective for extracting...
IRM Training
March 29, 2017


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Requirements Solution Specification Template

This month we are sending you a template from our Writing Better Requirements course which serves as a guide for setting out your requirements specification document. Our 12 page template will help business analysts document all the key requirements...
IRM Training
February 13, 2017


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Jobs Outlook for Business Analysts

Did you know that the Department of Employment undertakes research into job prospects for business analysts. Their forecast is for continued growth in employment prospects through to 2020.The research also contains useful information on average earnings...
IRM Training
November 14, 2016


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BPMN vs UML vs DFD – which one is best?

While many large companies still describe their requirements using the written word, there is a huge amount of evidence that pictures (i.e. modelling languages) are a clearer and more reliable method of communication. A 2016 survey of Australian business...
IRM Training
October 11, 2016


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Analysis – the other side of the fence to design

Last month’s IRM newsletter featured an article focusing on the value-add a business analyst can provide by designing business solutions for their clients.     But before you can design anything, you need to understand what the...
IRM Training
September 7, 2016


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Business Analyst or Business Solution Designer?

At IRM we’ve long argued that investigating, eliciting and gathering requirements (i.e. analysing business problems) is only half the job. Sure the business wants you to understand their problems but more importantly they want you to come up with a...
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August 9, 2016


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Boom in ICT hiring but are your skills falling behind?

There may be a boom in technology hiring but many employees feel let down by the lack of training. A recent (July 2016) article in ITWire - based on research conducted by recruitment company Hudson - throws up some interesting statistics: 31%...

Business BA or IT BA – which one are you?

The terms hard and soft skills can be applied to many occupations. Think of a programmer who is predominantly concerned with applying hard skills (writing software) or a social services counsellor who needs to be an expert in people (soft) skills. However...
IRM Training
March 16, 2016


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What do Business Analysts and Graphic Designers have in common?

This month’s article returns to a theme relevant to all business analysts – visual communication. I don’t mean putting text on PowerPoint slides, instead it’s about using diagrams and sketches to understand as-is systems and to explore to-be solutions....
IRM Training
February 5, 2016


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Process Modelling 101

Not wishing to piggy back too much on My Kitchen Rules (currently screening on Australian television) but for business analysts who like cooking – and even those who don’t – here’s a fun exercise to practice your process modelling skills.   If...