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By Elizabeth Larson, PMP, CBAP, CSM and Richard Larson PMP, CBAP The close of one year tends to make one reflect on what has occurred in the past year and ponder the future. Here we ponder some trends in the … Continue reading


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Scrooged! “Bah humbug!”  Well at least that is what it sounded like to me (BobtheBA) at the time, a few Christmases ago.  And all I could think of was “What a Scrooge!”  So what’s the story that brought out the worst … Continue reading


Someone at a recent conference asked me how to respond to project stakeholders when they say that Use Cases take too long in an agile environment.  I was presenting a talk on “BA Toolkit for an Agile Project (or any … Continue reading


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Hello all – BobtheBA here and when we last left off we were exploring how innovation can be key to turning requirements trash into stakeholder treasure. The scenario we were exploring was a difficult stakeholder that was not forthcoming with their requirements. … Continue reading


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Hello all – BobtheBA here to briefly talk about strategy.  Business Analysis?  War strategy?  What do these two things have in common?  Surprisingly a lot.  It is very important to plan and manage your requirements effort but more importantly it is … Continue reading


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So we have all heard of the saying “the devil is in the details”, right? But what does it really mean? This idiom actually derives from an earlier phrase “God is in the detail” which expresses the idea that whatever you … 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


PMs, so focused on delivering on time and within budget, need to realize that PMs and BAs working collaboratively get more done, so the project has a better chance of completing sooner.
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Have you ever gazed at the stars and found it difficult to focus on a particular one? It’s initially a bit disconcerting. If you look away a small amount, the star seems to become visible. Look straight at it and … Continue reading