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20 March 2008

Carnival of Business Analysts # 7; Solution Assessment and Validation.

Welcome to the March 10, 2008 edition of the Carnival of Business Analysts.

The Carnival of Business Analysts is a blog carnival about Business Analysis. What does that mean? It means each month we ask readers to submit blog posts about a particular BA related theme*. We flesh that out with our own search for blog posts on topic.

Previously in the Carnival of Business Analysts we have investigated several of the knowledge areas described in the BABOK (v1.6)
This month I have divided the articles into two sections; on topic and near misses.

1. On Solution Assessment and Validation

Brad at Seilevel’s Requiremets Defined Blog has two posts discussing the difference between validation and verification. Part 1 is here and part 2 is here. Part 1 gives a definition and part 2 gives some useful techniques.

at Quality Assurance and Software testing also has a view on The Difference between Validation and Verification.

Bas de Baar at goes further with practical tips. He talks about how pilots and prototypes go a long way towards validation and verifying solution approaches in Benchmark and Prototype. He’s also got this nice riff on how documents don’t work independently of other communication. This article is part of a series by Bas on requirements validation which starts here; Requirements Validation.

Adrian has posted an article by Scott Ambler at Modern Analyst on Requirements Modelling and Validation for Agile projects. (Free sign in required.)

There are a few other articles there by Scott which discuss requirements management for Agilistas in case you are interested.

Craig Borysowish at ITToolbox gives 3 tips for requirements documentation, with step three being a detailed description of verification and validation activities.

Josh Milane at MIT Technical writes about the Absurdity of MoSCoW requirements. He says a requirement is either a requirement or it ain’t, so why all this fuss over must have, could have, should have?

Guy Beauchamp also gives us a look at how he ensures requirements are aligned to project goals in his article The Fundamentals of Business Analysis, again at Modern Analyst. (By the way I have written about his concept diagram here at Better Projects.)

Addendum: I have added some more information in a new post here.

2. Almost on Solution Assessment and Validation

CMOE presents Strategic Planning for Small Businesses posted at Teamwork.

Woody Maxim presents The Answer posted at Woody Maxim.

Edith presents Three Golden Rule of Presentation by Guy Kawasaki posted at Edith Yeung.Com: Dream. Think. Act..

Noric Dilanchian presents Business model defined - Dilanchian Lawyers posted at Lightbulb, saying, "Here's the best definition we've ever come across of the term "business model". It comes from a book containing original academic research into business model issues at the Palo Alto Research Centre (PARC). PARC is arguably the greatest IT research centre of all time. The PARC riddle is - how did it succeed in invention and fail in IP and technology commercialisation? The takeaway is that carefully crafted business models build the bottom line."

Brian Terry presents Why you MUST become fanatical at testing and tracking posted at Big Selling Website Design.

Stephen Dean presents 3 Quick Ways To Judge Your New Product Idea posted at Stephen Dean's Copywriting And Internet Advertising Blog - Copywriter.

Warren Wong presents What Commiting To Something Means And Why You Should Do It posted at Personal Development for INTJs, saying, "Here are good reasons why you shouldn't be afraid of commitment."

Anna Farmery presents 10 Ways Brands Can Benefit from Joining the Conversation posted at The Engaging Brand.

Joshua C. Karlin presents Powerful Yet Reasonable Goals posted at Marketing & Fundraising Ideas.

Brian Terry presents The Law of Presentation posted at Big Selling Website Design.

Louise Manning presents Quality assurance or quality control posted at The Human Imprint.

The next edition will focus on the last of the BABOK knowledge areas Enterprise Analysis and will be published in late April. Get your (relevant) submissions in now!!!)

That concludes this edition. Submit your blog article to the next edition of the Carnival of Business Analysts using our carnival submission form. Past posts and future hosts can be found on our blog carnival index page.

* by the way readers and bloggers, the Blog Carnival tool is a great idea, but it attracts a million and one articles all claiming to show you the way to make a million dollars online with no effort, so if you use the Blog Carnival tool be warned there is a bit of spam filtering you have to do manually.