4 Steps for Considering Project Context

When you ask an analytical person a question, you will rarely get an answer. Instead, their response will likely be in the form of another question. Why is this? Answers depend on context. Context refers to the framework of a situation or event. Even a simple...

8 Virtual Facilitation Lessons Learned

A couple of years ago, our President, Kupe, called me about a class I was scheduled to teach. This particular class was Facilitating a Requirements Workshop, and I was set to deliver it to a group of students in the Northeast. The problem was, the client really wanted...

Get Out of the Rut. Make an Elicitation Plan.

I really love teaching. I guess that’s not surprising, given that I’m (at least) a fourth-generation teacher. This is a clip from the 1920 Wyoming Census. The first entry on this page, Gertrude Shaw, is my great-grandmother. Widowed at 29 with three children to...

What is requirements management?

As the business analysis profession evolves we will get more consistency around our terminology. One of the phrases that is still used inconsistently is requirements management. Most experienced BAs use the phrase “requirements management” to mean the...

Stakeholders who change their mind

I presented a webinar for Catalyze (www.mycatalyze.org) on February 14th entitled Designing a Sure-Fire Stakeholder Strategy. The presentation touched on the importance of business analysis planning, specifically planning for stakeholder communications. We had 150...

Eliciting Requirements

A BA’s understanding of how business stakeholders do their work is very critical to gathering the right requirements to meet their business goals. A BA, like a detective, investigates until he or she has uncovered the details about how the business operates: the...

It’s good to have a developer during requirements elicitation

We tackled a complex analysis problem yesterday and I was reminded how great it is to have a developer available to help with brainstorming during requirements elicitation. A manager at one of our clients has a very complex algorithm for optimizing revenue in a...

BA Considerations when Working with Global Teams – Part 2

Continued from BA Considerations when Working with Global Teams – Part 1 1) Selecting and using common (familiar) processes, tools, templates, techniques and standards. We should try to select development processes, tools, techniques and templates for which the...
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