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Featured articles showcased in this issue:
> The Real Brains Behind Better Facilitation
> Business Analysis Certificate Program Features The Decision Model
> 5 Top Mistakes Management Makes With BA Performance Measurement Programs (And How to Avoid Them)
> The Influencing Formula for Business Analysts
> Webinar Topic: Business Data Reporting, data discovery, ETLs
> Webinar Topic: Automate & Optimize Business Decisions and build corresponding Rules
Also in this issue:
> More Business Analyst Humor
> Even more Resources for Business Analysts
> New Interview Questions
The Real Brains Behind Better Facilitation
by Glenn R. Brûlé, Executive Director, ESI
Facilitation is one of the most critical soft skills of the business analyst, as well as one of the most difficult to master. Working with various stakeholders requires tremendous preparation, insight and finesse in addition to an understanding of key principles of the facilitation process.
Business Analysis Certificate Program Features The Decision Model
by Barbara von Halle, Managing Partner, KPI, LLC
Like most business analysts, Charles captured business rules as part of requirements gathering. Also like most business analysts, he followed traditional business rules approaches. These included writing individual business rule expressions, storing them outside the confines of process models and use cases, and providing pointers to them. However, he changed his approach after experimenting with The Decision Model.
5 Top Mistakes Management Makes With BA Performance Measurement Programs (And How to Avoid Them)
by Adriana Beal, MBA
When used properly, a performance measurement program can help BAs and their managers identify specific improvement priorities, clarify responsibilities, and drive the desired behaviors required to achieve business goals. However, in practice it's rare to see managers taking advantage of the benefits a good performance measurement system can offer...
The Influencing Formula for Business Analysts
by Elizabeth Larson, CEO of Watermark Learning
I often get asked, “How can I get stakeholders to attend my meetings?” or “How can I get stakeholders’ buy-in on the project?” These are complex questions and the easy answer is that you can’t. As BAs and PMs we can’t get anyone to do anything, but we can certainly influence them so that they want to.
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