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 you like spending time in the kitchen, test your skills by translating something […]

There’s More to Modelling than Runways and Catwalks 

How often have you seen a TV clip from a fashion show – Milan, London, New York – and thought to yourself “What on earth are the models wearing?!”.  Business analysts can be guilty of something similar. Sure it’s a model, but what does it mean, what’s it trying to say? In the fashion industry, […]

Requirements & Big Data Projects 

With big data projects rapidly becoming mainstream for even medium-sized organisations, more and more business analysts need to understand the business drivers that underpin business analytics projects. This recent paper, Forward Thinking for Tomorrow’s Projects – Requirements for Business Analytics, by Joy Beatty and Karl Wiegers of Seilevel Inc. avoids most of the technology jargon […]

The Creative Business Analyst 

Many of us are familiar with the process of business analysis – start by gathering requirements from stakeholders then turn them into a specification which developers can understand. These days however, we need to do more than just document the requirements. We need to work with stakeholders and business users to understand their systems and […]

UML – Business Context 

“Where does UML fit?” is a common question among new (and not so new!) business analysts. We all know that the M stands for modelling but beyond this, perceptions start to differ. In its current form (V2.0) UML consists of 13 diagram types all of which provide a different view of a system. In the […]

Problem Analysis Techniques 

This extract from IRM’s training material looks at how a structured approach to defining and analysing problems can be used as the basis for designing better solutions. Part 1 of this paper looks at problem definition. Part 2 introduces the reader to analytical techniques for determining the root cause of a problem.   Read full […]