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80/20 Rule : The Pareto Principal

Pareto Principal

The term 80/20 rule  is widely used now in all walks of life to describe relationships between “causes and effects” and “efforts and results”  but what is the rule ? and what are the uses and limitations in business analysis?

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More pictures please ! the problem with words

Pictures for Business Analysis

I am sure we have all done this, you are sitting down to watch a film, it’s a film based on a book you have read. The characters appear on screen and they look and sound nothing liked you had

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Cost Benefit Analysis

Cost Benefit Analysis

Cost benefit analysis can be applied to everything. In simple terms it means that when looking at solutions you ask yourself if a particular approach is worth doing. Asking does the benefit outweigh the cost is one the most  powerful tools

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System and People Taxonomy

Taxonomy

I know what you’re thinking. Blimey that’s a pretentious title what’s it all about….  Well firstly yes I agree with you, I have no defense I have tried to simplify and failed. Taxonomy is a word normally associated with categorising plants and animals. The

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Document Analysis

Documents

A great way to get a piece of business analysis off to a flying start is look at what has already been recorded on the area in scope. The following is a list of the typical documents I look for when I

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Analysis Approach and Planning

Project Plan

What, why, who, when, where, resources, output, how…… ? These are the first bunch of questions I think of when starting a new piece of business analysis. Normally all at once ! I then relax and work through it one question

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Finding opportunities in a large business area

analysis

Many of my projects have started with the following brief from the sponsor: “find where the problems are, make it better, I have a team of 25, (50 or even 100 +)  people but we still have all these issues!”

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