Is It Really Mid-February Already?

Yes, 2011 is off to a fast and busy start! I can’t believe it has been 4 weeks since I’ve last posted! In addition to throwing all my mental energy into a high-priority project at work that we kicked off at the first of the year, I’ve also made a personal move which has consumed…

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5 Reminders For Kicking Off a New Project

Whew! This year has started off with a bang! Kicking off a large, strategic project has been refreshing – and has reminded me of some important lessons. So I thought I’d share 5 things I was reminded of over the past couple weeks and to get your thoughts on what I have coming up next.

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4 Ways to Improve Your Performance Self-Assessment

Business Employee Climbs Up Evaluation Improvement Form

It’s a new year and for many of us it’s also performance review season. So here are four things that you may not have thought about to include in your performance review, but could help to prove your value and dedication.

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Fresh Starts and Endless Possibilities

Happy New Year! I hope you all had a safe, fun, and rejuvenating holiday season! As you’ve noticed, I took a couple weeks off from blogging, and only occasionally posted to Facebook or Twitter. As much as I missed the opportunity to connect with you, it was a fantastic break that allowed me to take a step back and gear up for an exciting new year.

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End of Year Wrap Up

As the end of the year is upon us, it’s time to look back on all our accomplishments in 2010, and look forward to all the possibility that 2011 holds. Here at Real World BA, it’s been an amazing time starting to get to know so many of you in the BA community and I…

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Stakeholder or Steakholder?

This week I wrapped up my 7-part series on Engaging Project Stakeholders. In the course of writing that series, I consistently spelled “stakeholders” incorrectly (thank goodness for spell check) and shared a tweet about it:

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Engaging Project Stakeholders (Part 7) – Keeping the Engagement Going

Throughout this series I’ve talked about why it matters to engage your stakeholders, how to identify your stakeholders, kicking off the project and requirements phase effectively, and developing a requirements work plan (including addressing change management). In this final post of the series, I share a few tips for keeping this engagement going throughout the rest of your project.

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Weekly Wrap Up: Car Buying Process, Why ask Why, Party Invites You’d Want to Get

Are you feeling the end of year crunch yet? Whether it’s preparing for the holidays or pushing through those end of year projects, this is a busy time for a lot of us. Hope you’re able to take a few minutes, though, and check out some of my favorite articles this week.

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Is It Better to Be a BA Generalist or Specialist?

Today’s post is more of a question to get some discussion going around the question “Is it better to be a BA Generalist or Specialist?” Throughout my business analyst career I have seen BA’s of both varieties, and wanted to open up the discussion to hear what you think.

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Engaging Project Stakeholders (Part 6) – Change Management

Change Management is the process of identifying, analyzing, and deciding on modifications to your clients’ needs as they have been documented in your Requirements and/or Specification documents. Clearly defining the change management process in advance will help to keep your stakeholders engaged.

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