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As Business Analysts, we often feel that our work must be perfect. It is after all, being scrutinized constantly, and we know that in the end if something is labeled a defect, well… we get the blame. I frequently see … Continue reading


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Let’s be clear, I am an eater, a food enthusiast, foodie, and gourmand; all of which make for a great hobby and fantastic dining experiences. I am always on the lookout for an amazing gastronomic experience, whether it is the … Continue reading


 When I ask students for their biggest challenges in managing projects, they usually tell me it’s the lack of people, time, or money. They just don’t have enough resources to get done what’s expected of them.  I don’t doubt it. … Continue reading


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BobtheBA. Have you noticed that more and more people are working from home these days? Perhaps they actually work in the office, but they are cube-less (without a permanent desk)? I am sure you have noticed all of the people … Continue reading


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BobtheBA here and the last time I blogged, we briefly took a look back at 2011. The New Year is a time when people make predictions, resolutions, and plans with the hope of change and improvement. It can be a very exciting time … Continue reading


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Hello there – BobtheBA here wishing you fantastic Holidays in advance.  Yes, it really is that time of the year again!  Where did the time go?  Seems like yesterday when 2011 was full of plans, promise and new projects.  Now, with … Continue reading


I heard this from a project team member in a training class recently.  He was referring to the schedules for the projects he works on.  What he was getting at was that the team really doesn’t have a chance from … Continue reading


The  Minnesota Department of Transportation, Mn/DOT, recently completed the biggest project in its history: 3 ½ years and $288 million. And get this: It finished weeks early and was completed within 2% of original contract value.   I visited the project … Continue reading


I think people like a good fight. Certainly the media seems to, not only in the world of politics, but also in the worlds of sports and entertainment to name a few. In the world of business analysis the current fight … Continue reading


Years ago I worked on a large effort to reengineer a distribution center for a large retailer. We provided an estimate for both the business analysis work and for the entire project, which would involve the organization’s first use of … Continue reading