Business Analysis Quick Tips

Best Practices at a Glance

B2T Training experts and other Business Analysis practitioners developed these Business Analysis Quick Tips to share best practices. After downloading these Business Analysis Quick Tips, let us know what other questions you ask by posting a comment on our Facebook page.

Quick Tip: How Can You Improve Your Requirements Gathering Techniques?

Requirements gathering is one of the most basic tasks of a business analyst professional. Unfortunately, performing good elicitation isn’t as easy as you might initially think. There is a lot of planning and thought that needs to go into performing successful elicitation. Our experts compiled this list of techniques to improve your requirements gathering efforts.

Quick Tip: How Do You Create a High Performing Team?

Most of your work life is spent being part of a team. When was the last time you actually sat in your office and worked alone to complete a project from start to finish? Most likely, you work in team environment and it’s more apparent now than ever that high performing teams are more successful. BA experts at the BBC Conference shared their concrete ideas on how to create a high performing team.

Quick Tip: 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” solution. In collaboration with attendees at the BBC conference, our experts developed this Quick Tips guide to help ensure that you're doing the “right” project solution.

Quick Tip: 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. At the BBC Conference, we asked expert BAs how they determine when they are done – we’ve compiled their answers and want to share them in this Quick Tip guide.

Quick Tip: How to Improve Remote Facilitation/Collaboration

Remote facilitation has nuances that require additional preparation and setup to be successful. Our experts have compiled a list of some of their recommendations and made them available to you in this valuable Quick Tip.

Quick Tip: 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 – they won’t get you far. Our experts share some of their favorite techniques improve their stakeholder engagement.

Quick Tip: 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. Provide real value by using our expert's recommended techniques that they’ve used to be more successful in requirements prioritization.

Quick Tip: 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. To help make the transition smooth our experts compiled this Quick Tip guide with the help of BAs at the BBC Conference.

Quick Tip: Leverage the Context Level Data Flow Diagram

The Context Level Data Flow Diagram is not only valuable for initially establishing the scope, but can be leveraged in many ways throughout your project’s lifecycle. Our instructors all chipped in and put together a list of 19 ways they’ve used the Context DFD to help create our new Quick Tip.

Quick Tip: Potential Areas for Process Improvement

Why is process improvement so difficult sometimes? Is it 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. We have identified 15 Quick Tips to support and improve your efforts.

Quick Tip: 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. That’s why at the BBC Conference as asked BA experts to help create this list of potential questions to ask when starting a project. You’ll notice many of the questions listed are all about understanding the problem/opportunity and what success looks like.

Quick Tip: Tips for User Training and Project Implementation

Many of the techniques that we use as part of our business analysis training can be used for your user training. Our experts compiled a list of techniques to ensure the training is effective and implemented in a manner that encourages user acceptance.


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