Links

Here are some links to resources / websites / information that have proved useful in my contracting and consulting work. If you have a favorite BA or QA link that you find useful, feel free to share it on this list by contacting RML Consulting Services with your suggestion.

Templates

California Office of System Integration - Best Practices - Documents
Under Best Practices, the Documents tab has an extensive source of templates. Also note the Web-Based Training Modules, a large selection of videos including some on SDLC (Software Development Life Cycle).


Business Analysis

Alex Papworth offers on his website many free articles, resources, an interesting blog. His goal is to accelerate the professional development of all BA’s. Courses are offered.

Lauesen is particularly interesting for doing requirements documentation of COTS (Commercial Off The Shelf) purchases. Web site also includes good templates. Lauesen wrote a favorite BA book: "Software Requirements: Styles and Techniques".

Robin Goldsmith (Go Pro Management Inc)
Robin Goldsmith, principal of Go Pro Management, is a prolific writer on the whole range of BA activities, including original work on finding the right business requirements ("REAL" requirements), and the creator of the powerful Problem Pyramid(tm) tool. Much useful information on practical techniques and links to articles on TechTarget's SearchSoftwareQuality.com website.

Two names that need no introduction. Invaluable for anything to do with requirements.

Martin Coomber is a BA based in Wellington, New Zealand. He is a Certified Business Analyst Professional, tutors IIBA study groups, and mentors other BAs. His Document Productivity website provides document editing tools to the BA community.

Business Architecture

Website provides a range of consulting and training services focused on Enterprise, Systems and Software Architecture. Their award-winning web site (given the Technology Site Award - Five Star Selection, from itmWEB) organizes a selection of resources of software architecture that is worth a look from all BA's.


The website sponsored by Coley offers a great deal of good information on software testing as well as information on requirements and software management. Note the section on the IEEE 829 Standard for Software Test Documentation.
A consulting firm based in the UK that offers a host of excellent free resources primarily focussed on testing and QA. 


Organizations

IIBA® is an independent non-profit professional association for the growing field of business analysis. Web site is a rich collection of resources and source of the BABOK® (Business Analyst Book of Knowledge). I belong to the Toronto Chapter.

TASSQ is a forum and meeting place for professional and technical exchange promoting systems & software quality. Their excellent collection of past presentations at monthly meetings was unfortunately lost, but fortunately they are rebuilding with past presentations starting from 2013, which is quite useful.


General

Collection of articles, forums, blogs, whitepapers, webcasts, podcasts, etc. on the discipline of requirements gathering, constantly updated and with many experienced contributors
Use Wikipedia early in any search for general information and links to more details. For our purposes suggest you start with business analysis or quality assurance.
The Open Directory Project bills itself as the largest, most comprehensive human-edited directory of the Web. Another excellent resource.


Good Ideas

Some miscellaneous web sites that are not BA- or QA-related, but generally worthwile to know about.

What could be a better idea than composting your garbage with worms! A fun web site and useful too.