Get Out of the Rut. Make an Elicitation Plan.

It’s hard for me to believe that next month is my 9 year anniversary with B2T. During that time, I’ve seen and heard a lot in the classroom.  Some of it is amusing, some of it is encouraging, and occasionally, some of it is surprising. I’ve recently been surprised by...

It Is Not All About You

A question most BAs get asked when assigned to a project is “how long will it take to complete requirements?”  Without going into ways to improve your estimating skills, I want to address a key point that is often missed when answering this question.  Our...

Estimating analysis time

Business analysts are rarely allowed enough time to elicit, analyze, and confirm requirements. Why? One reason may be that we don’t ask for it. An important BA skill is the ability to accurately estimate the amount of time required to perform analysis work and...

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...

Traceability must be planned

Traceability is a necessary component for complete and accurate requirements. Traceability is used in many aspects of requirements development and management. A simple definition is that “tracing requirements” means that we show relationships or links...

Getting Started Part II

As mentioned in last week’s “Getting Started Part I”, I start each project by making notes about what I already know about the project. These are some questions I like to answer about each project to document what I know before I can produce my...

Getting Started Part I – Scope or Stakeholders?

What should you do first? Would you define your requirements scope before you start to identify and analyze your stakeholders or vice versa? Would you receive the same answer if you asked 10 Business Analysts? I would bet not. Many might answer that they identify...

Requirements Planning is Personal

By “personal” I don’t mean that you need to keep your requirements planning to yourself.  No secret diary should be used requiring your project manager to snoop around your desk late at night to discover when you will be done with your requirements...

Don’t Forget About Your Requirements Work Plan

There are many tools in my BA Toolbox, but there are a few I use more than the rest.  Think of the handyman that just did some work at your house or office. They come with a truck full of tools, but it seems like their hammer is always by their side. That is how I...

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