5 Business Analysis Trends to Watch in 2018

It is often said that we live in a ‘fast moving world’, and many would agree that in recent years we have seen extremely fast movement in the context that organizations operate within. Whether it is political change, the availability of new technology, changes in social trends or customer expectations, increasingly there is a need for our organizations to respond . Organizations that cannot innovate, adapt and respond to the market risk losing their market share as they slowly dwindle…

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Ramaphosa has to go for growth – NEWS & ANALYSIS

Shawn Hagedorn says external pressure needed for ANC president to overcome internal opposition SA’s necessary grand compromise What do you do if you suddenly become the head of an evangelical church built on teachings which benefit the church’s elites at the expense of the congregation? The teachings must change. But for Cyril Ramaphosa to sell a new catechism, he is going to need much help from leaders outside his political church. What unites the ANC’s diverse factions is their shared…

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Youth Unemployment Stalks Matric Class of 2017 – EE – NEWS & ANALYSIS

Dreams Deferred: Youth Unemployment Stalks Matric Class of 2017 As we await the results of the tenth cohort of learners to sit for the National Senior Certificate (NSC), the excitement must be tempered with the hard post-school reality that many will grapple with. At a time when matriculants ought to be contemplating various future prospects for study and work, joblessness lurks as an increasingly likely post-school reality. Equal Education (EE) has previously cautioned against a matric certificate being touted as a guaranteed…

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United States Oil Fund LP ETF : , LP Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations. (form 10-Q)

The following discussion should be read in conjunction with the condensed financial statements and the notes thereto of the United States Oil Fund, LP (“USO”) included elsewhere in this quarterly report on Form 10-Q. Forward-Looking Information This quarterly report on Form 10-Q, including this “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations,” contains forward-looking statements regarding the plans and objectives of management for future operations. This information may involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors…

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Business Analysis – Leading with Influence

When I deliver Business Analysis training, one of the first questions that I ask the group is to identify challenges that affect their ability to deliver requirement services and deliverables. On a consistent basis, someone in the group shouts out the phrase “difficult stakeholders.” When you dig further, it is evident that there is a common mindset that life as a Business Analyst would be so much easier if project stakeholders and project management cooperated as requested. There is also…

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The Crucial Art of Pre-Project Problem Analysis

There is no inherent right or wrong way of writing a problem statement, but a fairly useful and common way is: The impact of which is… A successful solution would… So, imagining that we are working for a contact center and there are increasing wait times. The call center manager is keen for us to install a new ‘Interactive Voice Response’ (IVR) menu system to help route customers to the right location more quickly and to enable them to automatically…

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