Business Analysis Quick Tips

Best Practices at a Glance

Let’s face it, business analysis is hard. While there is a lot of advice available to help in your analysis work, it can be hard to sort through it all to find the take aways that will help you most. Our business analysis quick tips can help.

We asked our in-house experts and other business analysis practitioners for their best advice on several key business analysis topics. From this crowd-sourcing activity, we developed these business analysis quick tips to share best practices and ideas for improving your performance as a business analyst.

How Can You Improve Your Requirements Gathering Techniques?

Elicitation is one of the most basic tasks of a business analyst professional. Unfortunately, choosing from the vast list of requirements gathering techniques and performing good elicitation that yields value isn’t as easy as you might initially think. More info.

How Do You Create a High Performing Team?

Most of your work life is likely spent in a team environment. As the pace of work continues to quicken, it’s apparent now more than ever that a fluid, high performing team is essential to your success. More info.

How Do You Ensure You’re Doing the Right Project Solution?

A valuable solution is one that will provide benefits to its audience and to the business. However, it can be difficult to determine if you’re proposing or delivering the best or right project solution. More info.

How Do You Know You’re Done?

It is critical for project teams to agree on a definition of done for a project phase or iteration. While this sounds simple, it can lead to very complex and difficult discussions. More info.

How to Improve Remote Facilitation/Collaboration

As co-located teams are becoming more and more of the norm, virtual collaboration can be a challenge. Remote facilitation has nuances that require additional preparation and setup to be successful. More info.

How to Improve Your Stakeholder Engagement

You could know all the elicitation analysis techniques in the book, but if you don’t have the right people, engaged at the right time, providing the right input – you won’t get very far. Making an effort to improve stakeholder engagement can significantly impact your effectiveness as a business analyst. More info.

How to Successfully Prioritize Requirements

Effectively prioritizing requirements is critical in order to make the best use of your stakeholders’ time and organization’s resources. However, there isn’t a one size fits all approach to prioritization. More info.

How to Transition from Waterfall or Iterative to Agile

Making the switch from a waterfall or iterative development methodology to agile is not a simple step by step process. There are many variables involved which can make it difficult. More info.

Leverage the Context Level Data Flow Diagram

The Context Level DFD is not only valuable for initially establishing scope, but it can also be leveraged in many ways throughout your project’s lifecycle. More info.

Potential Areas for Process Improvement

Why is process improvement so difficult sometimes? Shouldn’t it be easy to recognize the best way to restructure or reengineer a process? No, it can be challenging to determine the best approach and know how to get started. More info.

Potential First Questions to Ask When Starting a Project

Ever been assigned to a project and not sure where to start? Don’t worry, you are not alone. Our experts and other business analysts have been in that position too. More info.

Tips for User Training and Project Implementation

Unfortunately, project implementation can sometimes be met with resistance and confusion. Many of the techniques that we use during our business analysis training can be used for your own user training. More info.

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