2016 Site Overview

Due to work and other commitments I ended up taking December 2016 off as far as new material for this website goes.  But I have several articles and wiki pages in progress and hope to get the new material coming soon.  In the meantime, here are some quick statistics for the website for the 2016 calendar year vs. the 2015 calendar year:

  1. Unique site visitors were up over 45% to roughly 48,400
  2. Returning visitors increased from 13.1% of site visitors in 2015 to 15.5% of site visitors in 2016
  3. Mobile traffic was up over 100%, but still made up under 15% of visitors (no surprise)
  4. The top countries that visitors to the site came from were:
    1. United States (27.0%)
    2. United Kingdom (9.8%)
    3. India (6.7%)
    4. Australia (6.6%)
    5. Canada (6.1%)
    6. Germany (4.0%)
    7. Netherlands (2.4%)
    8. France (2.0%)
    9. South Africa (2.0%)
    10. Philippines (1.6%)
  5. The most popular pages on the site in terms of page views (other than the home page) were:
    1. Responsibility Matrix wiki page
    2. Context Diagram wiki page
    3. My blog post on Why I Chose not to Renew my IIBA Membership
    4. Decomposition wiki page
    5. Stakeholder Onion Diagram wiki page
    6. My blog post on using OneNote for Meeting Notes
    7. Stakeholder Communications Matrix wiki page
    8. Benchmarking wiki page
    9. Stakeholder Salience Diagram wiki page
    10. Data Dictionary wiki page
  6. But the pages that people spent the largest average time actually reading were:
    1. Interviews wiki page
    2. My blog post “Better Business Analysis through Problem Statements”
    3. Decomposition wiki page
    4. VMOST Analysis wiki page
    5. Observation wiki page
    6. Unified Process wiki page
    7. Stakeholder Salience Diagram wiki page
    8. Data Dictionary wiki page
    9. Kano Model Prioritization wiki page
    10. My blog post “We are not Business Analysts”

For a web site that I work on during my personal time, without earning any money from and as a way of giving back to the community, this was a tremendously successful year.  The increase in returning site visitors to over 15% of unique traffic is extremely gratifying given that most users find this site through search sites like Google and DuckDuckGo.  That means that people are finding the material I write valuable enough to come back.  I am also very happy that several of my posts are attracting attention and being read.  It’s good to know I’m not just spouting off into the wind.  At least some of the time.  🙂

But honestly two of the things in the list above that I really appreciate is that the wiki pages for VMOST Analysis and Kano Model Prioritization are among the articles people spend the most time reading.  Both of those pages are (in my opinion) probably the best references on those subjects you will find on the internet.  The fact that they are there tell me that there is an audience who appreciates the occasionally months of work I put into researching some of these topics.

So to all of you who come here and find value in what I have put together with this site, I thank you.  Especially those of you who continue to come back, and those who take to the time to read some of the very long pages I put together when I try to make an exhaustive resource.  You can get a quick summary in a lot of places, but I hope that this will be where you come when you want detailed information.  And that continues to be my goal for the site.

I hope you all enjoy nothing but success and happiness in this new year.

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