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10 Key Questions: The Foundation for All Successful Projects

It is a sad fact that the majority of business improvement and system development projects start off in the wrong place, head in the wrong direction and fail!  This failure is unacceptable as all the errors that cause it are easily avoided. Amazing as it may seem, all it takes to start any project in the […]

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An As-Is business analyst suggering from MAIM (Manis As-Is Modeling) or asisitis.

Should As-Is Modeling to be a Notifiable Disease?

Not Insanity or an Illness? For very many years now, most rational analysts have been bewildered by the bizarre and irrational behaviour of As-Is BAs (and some senior executives) who, in spite of the overwhelming evidence that As-Is Process Modeling is a fatally flawed approach to business improvement, persist on inflicting it on enterprises everywhere. […]

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Business and data definitions give direction to an enterprise.

160 Pragmatic, High Quality Definitions for Business and Data Analysts

Quality Practice Begins with Quality Definitions Sadly, in the worlds of business and data analysis and modeling good definitions are hard to find, bad definitions abound and misunderstanding and misuse of even the most fundamental terms is commonplace. I am a perfectionist. I am passionate about quality and want to deliver it to my clients […]

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Essential Business Modelling Definitions

A recent post I made called “How ‘As-Is’ BAs Deliver ‘Has-Been’ Enterprises” has resulted in a lot of discussion both on this blog and in Linkedin. One of the major things to emerge from all of this discussion is the confusion that exists regarding clear definitions for the fundamental elements of Business Analysis and Modelling. […]

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How ‘As-Is’ BAs Deliver ‘Has-Been’ Enterprises

Spread across the world, there is an army of BAs that are daily sending enterprises backwards in time and building ever higher walls between them and the future.  Are these BAs dedicated industrial saboteurs? Far from it! Most are actually conscientious, hard working and well meaning. So, how can they be doing so much damage? […]

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Information Gathering 2: Analysis Workshops – The Key to Detail

The purpose of analysis workshops is to add detail to the information gathered during strategic one-to-one interviews with senior executives. They are NOT the starting point for analysis.

The content of this post is an excerpt from the eBook IMM Function Modelling

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Information Gathering 1: Strategic Interviews the Foundation of Success

The one-to-one strategic in-depth interview is the most effective means of gathering information from senior directors and senior executives and are the foundation of all successful system development and business improvement projects. The following content is an excerpt from the eBook IMM Function Modelling The purpose of one-to-one strategic in-depth interviews is to find out […]

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The As Is Logic Chasm

This post is an extract from the book I am currently writing on Procedure Modelling. The book explains the approach to take in order to build quality Procedures and the pitfalls to avoid when doing so. One of the pitfalls is what I call the ‘As Is Logic Chasm’, into which so many BAs and business managers fall.

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Procedure Modelling eBook

I am just starting to write Procedure Modelling, the fifth book in the series for the Integrated Modelling Method. The purpose of this book is to define Procedure Modelling and how it differs from Process Modelling. To define in detail the elements of a procedure, i.e. triggers and outcomes, controls, method, knowledge, skills, resources and evidence. To show step-by-step how to do Procedure Modelling. I would love your input. Have a look at the full post and tell me what you think.

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Data Quality is Essentially Simple!

At first glance the subject and practice of Data Quality can seem hugely complex and about as difficult to unravel as the Gordian Knot. The main reason for this is that most of the current efforts in this area go into trying to clean up the data quagmires that are created daily because the Five […]

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