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By Alan Koch
Alan Koch The Business Analyst (BA) role is focused on understanding what the business needs and ensuring that our projects deliver on those needs. And while the solution requirements are a natural outcome of the BA's work, that "front-end" work is only the beginning of the ways the BA can ensure that our projects deliver business value. Read more »
Compelling versus Charismatic - Where should we be?
By Carl Pritchard
Carl Pritchard "What's the distinction between being charismatic and being compelling?" I haven't been able to get that question off my mind. As project managers (or just human beings), we need to understand the distinction and leverage each at the appropriate time.  Read more »
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No, I'm not talking about breakfast cereal. This article explains how Kaizen and Kano can be used in conjunction with Kanban. Building on the previous discussion on Poka Yoke, we will explore additional continuous improvement topics and how they relate to software development or operational support of a legacy environment. Let's start with defining each of the components and how they support each other. Read The Rest »
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A requirements workshop is a focused session, usually lasting from a couple of hours to a couple of days, during which a set of stakeholders or subject matter experts are assembled to help elicit and understand a specific set of requirements.

Traditionally, the Business Analyst (or a project manager acting in that capacity) conducts requirements workshops during the planning or early execution phases of a project to help elicit detailed requirements. Requirements workshops may also occur later in the project lifecycle to help identify and solve problems, prioritize requirements, and evaluate solutions.

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