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The Basics of Business Analysis

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As Quercus’ resident UX Specialist, my recent venture into the BA world has been an interesting one. Working with the fantastic business analysts we have here as mentors has been incredibly beneficial, but when I heard about the Basics of Business Analysis course being offered at Grant MacEwan I couldn’t help but attend.
The course offered a high level introduction to the ideas and theories behind business analysis. Thanks to a great instructor, Dune Nguyen, the content was not only fascinating, but also easily applied to scenarios to situations outside the BA world. Dune offered some tips for success which can prove useful no matter your role:

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Is Your Technology Solution a Good Fit for the Cloud?

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Are you considering, or just wondering about, how you might be able to leverage the “cloud” for your software application?

Let’s put this into a scenario… You are at an organization where all of your information technology resides on-premise. The desktop workstations and laptops are all interconnected via an internal network and connectivity is available to internal email, application, database, and file storage services. Heck, let’s say that even your phone system uses a centrally managed IP based software solution.  Everything you need for your day-to-day operations is available within your organization’s self-managed and on-premise technology infrastructure. Read More »

Application Types

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Yes, a rich internet based web application would be awesome, but is it really what you need? I would love to own a new Porsche 911, but not if I am using it to haul around building supplies for my construction company (unless it was balsa wood, maybe).

Just like using the right vehicle for the job, so should you be using the right software application for the right job. Here is an overview of the different application types that exist today, and some information about each to help you better understand your options when considering a new software application… Read More »

Functional and Non-Functional Requirements

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There are actually methods to the madness in the process of gathering information for software requirements. As a system end-user or a subject matter expert  it is likely that you have worked with others during some information gathering processes. Whether it was via a big meeting, or a simple phone call, someone probably has asked you a question or two about what you want the system to be or do. To help you better understand what is being asked of you, here is an overview of the two types of requirements that you are being asked about… Read More »

Usage Scenarios – Real World Information Gathering

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Let’s say you are a key system user or maybe a business subject matter expert. What would you typically tell someone when you explain what you do to accomplish a specific task? How about if you were to sit down train a new employee on a computer system. What information would you give to that new employee so that the employee can better learn how to do the job that needed to be done?

Just like training a new employee for a job, gathering information for software development projects requires a great deal of diligence. Not enough training, or giving a new employee the wrong information, could have a dramatic effect on how that new employee performs their tasks. Gathering the wrong requirements for a software project would have a dramatic effect on the delivery of a valid solution. Due diligence is required for software project requirements information gathering – making sure that the right solution is created for the right reasons. Read More »

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