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My Day

Categories: News

This is how my day is looking. How's yours?

By Brian Logan   Fri 24-Jan-2014 Leave a comment »

A is for Analysis

Categories: News, Business Analysis

The following is by Cecilie Hoffman, October 24, 2010, Republished with permission.

Read the poem aloud for the best result.

A is for analysis - differentiate and abstract,
yields requirements and rules from science inexact.

B is for business, whose capability we improve.
Maximize throughput? Just a step in our groove.

C is for change, for better for worse,

D is for decisions, or leaderless we curse.

E is for elicit, requirements fall not from trees!

F is for functional, remember non-functional, please.

G is for goals, stakeholders have their own,
non-overlapping, we lament and bemoan.

H is for how, counterpart of what,
a distinction so simple yet a knot hard to cut.

I is for iterative, cyclic nature pervades all,
yet management grips tightly to venerable waterfall.

J is our judgment project managers fear,
twin loyalties to business and to projects dear.

K is for knowledge we continuously accrue,

L is for listening which we actively do.

M is for metric, the chestnut is true,
that which we measure can be improved, can you?

N is for negotiate, can everyone agree?
Cross-functional monkey rodeo, that’s no way to be.

O is final outcome, our striving to delight
the blessed product champion who was our guiding light.

P is for process leaving nothing undone,
identifying hidden handoffs, one by one.

Q is for questions we have license to ask.
Assail those assumptions, take them to task!

R is for requirements, our stock in trade.
Oft mistaken for specification, please hand me a blade.

S is for scope, that game of ping pong,
one stakeholder to go, will the decision last long?

T is for trust, partner of integrity.
Armed with the pair, analysis proceeds intrepidly.

U is for users whose lives we make better,
improving usability or efficiency unfetter.

V is for validate and verify, they are different you know,
but it’s value, true value that analysis shows.

W is for who, what, when, why and where, the pentagonal key
that unlocks preconception setting ideas free.

X is for executive whose sponsorship we seek,
facilitating these folks is not for the meek.

Y is for yes, magic word of approval.
Can it be heard without a tribunal?

Z is for zilch, either missing or unknown,
the truth will emerge once the seeds have been sown.

Cecilie Hoffman’s professional passion is to educate technical and business teams about the role of the business analyst, and to empower the business analysts themselves with tools, methods, strategies and confidence. Cecilie is a founding member of the Silicon Valley chapter of the IIBA. She authored the 2009 Bad Ass BA series for BA Times. See her blog on her personal passion, motorcycle riding, at

By Brian Logan   Wed 10-Nov-2010 1 comment »

Guilt Upon Accusation

Categories: News

New Zealand's new Copyright Law presumes 'Guilt Upon Accusation' and will Cut Off Internet Connections without a trial. is against this unjust law - help us

Tags: copyright
By Brian Logan   Mon 16-Feb-2009

Herceptin and incomplete reporting

Categories: News

Join in on Stuff's debate about the funding of Herceptin. Take a chance to comment about how the reporters haven't covered the story and what conclusions the reporters want you to draw from the articles.

Should ten people die so that one may live?

Should one person die so that ten may live?

By Brian Logan   Mon 19-May-2008

Gay Geek Dinner

Categories: Gay, Day to day

The first Gay Geek Dinner was held last night. I had an enjoyable time and got to meet new people. After a few late cancels and several no-shows we ended up with eight people in the end, which worked well for chatting together. Two Shows Daily

We met up at Mighty Mighty, with it's great ambience. Something I hadn't thought about was how strangers could meet each other in what eventually was a busy bar, but we managed. (Maybe that's what happened to the no-shows?)

The Google t-shirts, discounts cards for Moo, and Armageddon swag was well received.

When time came for dinner, i.e. a few people asked when were we eating, we moved on to Southern Cross. Food geeks would love the way steaks are served, on a sizzling hot stone.
Steak, Southern Cross style

One has to slice the steak up into small pieces to cook.
Steak, Southern Cross style

As we finished eating the live music that started playing wasn't to our tastes so wandered back to Mighty Mighty for an after dinner drink, losing three diners in the process.

The evening finished with hot chocolate at Ernesto, being waved at by friendly cops stopped at a red light.

All-in-all an enjoyable evening for the first Gay Geek Dinner, meeting people with similar interests.

By Brian Logan   Sat 19-Apr-2008