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Richard Larson
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Business analyst and project management proponent
Business analyst and project management proponent

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Watermark Learning hosts monthly IIBA Certification chat sessions. First Friday of each month, 12 pm EST and free to all. Register at: 
http://bit.ly/172dNr0 . Takeaways from latest session: 1) Absorb BABOK per your learning style, 2) Do a brain dump before exam starts, 3) Spend ~100 hours studying.

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Julian, well said as usual. Let me add a couple quick thoughts while they are fresh in mind. One is that unexpressed needs or undocumented requirements can be thought of as expectations. To use your analogy, I may not know I need vitamin C, but I expect to live in a healthy way. It is our jobs as BAs to turn those expectations or unstated needs into the usable form you describe, namely requirements. 

The other thought revolves around value. Like you I am passionate about it, but I usually talk in terms of benefits. Your post hits the right note about the iPod feature (sorry no pun intended) being less important than the benefit or value of the experience of listening to my music whenever I want and happen to have my iPod with me. A 'Gucci' bag may have status benefits for the owner over a knock-off. Benefits are central to solid business cases, which I've been speaking and writing about a lot lately. 

BTW, the CCM was a big hit at this year's BASSA conference in Cape Town. I attended a session in which the presenter did a great job representing it (and cited your articles). 

Elizabeth and I are finishing up packing for our trip To South Africa to speak at this year's #BASSA2013  conference. Long plane rides for us, but we love visiting S. Africa - it's our third time there. 

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Elizabeth and I are finalizing the 2nd edition to our book on Requirements Management: Defining and Managing Requirements Using
Agile, Waterfall, or Hybrid Life Cycles. 
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Photos from the 2010 Trip that Elizabeth and I took to Peru. Machu Picchu was as mysterious and awe-inspiring as we had thought.
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We launched a new Google+ page for Watermark yesterday.  

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Join us for an informative and lively webinar on “Seven Questions to Determine if Your Organization is Agile-Ready”. Presenter is Elizabeth Larson, PMP, CBAP, CSM, and the CEO of Watermark Learning. Thursday, Jan. 24 at 12:00pm ET. Registration is free and you can sign up at http://bit.ly/wLgD8N.

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Had a great question in my talk at the BBC conference. It inspired me to post a blog about why spend the time on use cases in agile projects. Check out my post and leave your thoughts. Love to hear from you!
http://www.watermarklearning.com/blog/use-cases-on-agile-projects/

I'm crazily working to get ready for a trip to South Africa that Elizabeth and I will be taking. We're thrilled about starting our partnership with FTI over there, and we're kicking it off with a CBAP Prep class and BA Fundamentals. It's a LONG bunch of flights, tho!!
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