Archive for April, 2009

… is not cheap

Tuesday, April 21st, 2009

Yes, the economy is depressed.
Yes, there are many candidates for every job opening.
Yes, I know, many of us are unemployed.
So this is the time to take advantage of the situation and get a Business Analyst for a lower rate (or salary). Right?
If you get A REAL BUSINESS ANALYST to take a pay cut, you’ll never get a happy camper.
If you take a second level Business Analyst, chances are you won’t get a first class job. Then it will cost you.
IAG Consulting researched that. Attend their seminar:

… is not an SME

Sunday, April 19th, 2009

A Subject Matter Expert (SME) is someone who is very familiar with the Line of Business (LOB), its objectives, goals, functionality and process.
This is the expert to go to with specific questions about the LOB.
A REAL BUSINESS ANALYST is someone with a different expertise: Asking questions, analyzing the answers and helping with the solution design. In any industry. In any LOB.
I found out that it actually helps NOT being a subject matter expert when eliciting business requirements: It lets you get away with asking some “dumb” questions, such as: “Why?”

… is also a Project Manager

Saturday, April 18th, 2009

A Real Business Analyst brings in the business requirements, and at the other end – designs, composes and executes the test plans. A real BA has the responsibility to a successful project, even if he/she is not the Project Manager.