Business Analyst Blog

Why number or name each requirement? One reason – CRUD

For those of you who have been writing requirements for years, this is a trivial question, but for newer BAs or people who work with BAs it may not be obvious. Requirements are related to other requirements. By their very nature they often do not stand alone. For...

How do we speed up software testing? Write better requirements!

I have been reading about software testing again, just surveying the market to see what new techniques and approaches have been invented. I have found that the basics are still in well-respected planning, preparation, objectivity, etc. What is amazing to me is what I...

The Need for an Excellent Business Analyst

For years I have been promoting a philosophy to IT solution teams centering on the need for clear, concise requirements.  Without excellent requirements the customer will never be completely satisfied.  I know, "never" is a strong word, but it is what I believe to be...

The Importance of a Formal Requirements Review

A critical analysis step is a formal review of the requirements.  This blog will not cover how to conduct a formal review in detail, but the importance of a formal requirements review vs. a more typical, non-formal review which is common among project teams. Often...

Adding Processes to a Context Level Data Flow Diagram?

I have been using Yourdon's context level data flow diagram for about 15 years. I still find it one of the best tools for scoping project boundaries and getting everyone on the team to see the project in the same way. The only complaint that I have received about this...

Why Does a Business Analyst Need to Understand Data?

One of the unique aspects of the B2T Training Business Analyst curriculum is our focus on data requirements. Many of our customers initially tell us that their BAs don't do data requirements. I think they are identifying and documenting data requirements without...

Are Business Analysts Anxious?

I was talking with a Project Manager recently. She said that she thinks most Business Analysts get anxious when a project, or idea for a project, is not well defined. In her organization, the initial phases of a project involve looking for business opportunities,...

It Pays to be a Curious Business Analyst

I recently read an article written by one of my favorite gurus, Neal Whitten, entitled Do You Really Get Your Job? Neil is very big on accountability. He writes an article that reminds us to examine our jobs and roles and to think about whether we are performing in...

Is a model a requirement?

Jason P commented to my May 8th entry that a model is not a requirement. I disagree. One of the changes that I would like to see in our industry is a broader use of the word requirement. A requirement can be represented as a sentence, or a symbol on a diagram, or...

Why don’t customers know what they want?

I just reviewed an article on www.stickynotes.com about, It Is Still The Requirements: Getting Software Requirements Right, by James Ward This is a very interesting article on the challenges facing a Business Analyst in gathering/eliciting requirements. Mr. Ward...

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