Appreciative Inquiry: a key leadership technique

There are many great tools and techniques a leader can use to make them better leaders. Consider the following leadership case. Janet, a program manager, comes to see her boss, Sophie, on a Friday afternoon.  Sophie is Director of Corporate Projects. Janet, a customer service manager, is a little subdued and exhibits a look of disdain, frustration and concern as she slips into the chair…

Gauging LRT in Barrhaven

Take our light rail poll Smoothcube wants to hear from you about Barrhaven’s LRT environmental assessment study. The City of Ottawa announced recently that the LRT study will take place to understand the options for bringing light rail transit to the growing Barrhaven community. The completion date for the study is expected to be 2020. Business leaders expect light rail to bring efficiencies to Barrhaven,…

SmoothRaaCS™: Changes made to beta testing user experience

Below are the latest adjustments made to the SmoothRaaCS™ software application to support the beta release.  We are providing the change log here as part of our openness and transparency values. If you have a change that you would like to see made to the beta application, please send hour notes to contact@smoothcubeanalytics.com. ID Enhancement Date Entered Status B-001 Email support needs to be configured…

SmoothRaaCS™: A better requirements management experience!

We are pleased to announce the beta release of our requirements software application called SmoothRaaCS™ or Smooth Requirements as a Collaboration Service, an initiative by SmoothCube Business Analytics to provide a better requirements management experience to all business analysts. The site is available at https://smoothraacs.ca. We encourage all business analysts looking to participate in beta release testing to stop by, register for free and test…

SmoothRaaCS™ Documentation

Smoothcube is a firm believer in applying international standards to the development of its application documentation. Using this philosophy, we make every effort to conform to the guidelines of ISO/IEC 18019:2004(E), Software and system engineering — Guidelines for the design and preparation of user documentation for application software. To access the documentation, click the link below. SmoothRaaCS – Business Analysis Application  

BI for the BA – Live Blog 11:42 a.m.

Entity relationship diagrams ERDs show the relationship between classes of data, or data entities.  Unified Modelling Language (UML) is a common language to use to show the relationships between classes or entities.  Concepts of one-to-one, one-to-many or many-to-many is used here. Data models are good concept sources for having discussions with stakeholders. Data dictionary, not often used, can be developed to document the definition of…

BI for BA – Live Blog 10:47 a.m.

Dimensional modelling Tolerates redundancy to assist query speed across multiple tables Uses cubes rather than table concept Few tables; fact table concept is used; measures are connected to dimensional tables Uses OLAP (online analytical processing) – an environment where information is queried.  There are no updates, deletes or inserts in a data warehouse or data mart. OLTP is online transactional processing (this is the most…

BI for the BA – Live Blog 10:02 a.m.

Discussion focusses on workload where there are multiple systems that will feed a data warehouse.  A question came out as to how to tie the data sources together?  One aspect is the concept of mapping source information together using unique identifiers that can be created by a data modeller, or BA doing the data model in the staging environment where extraction and transformation occurs prior…