Select the Right Business Analysis Technique Workshop

Select the Right Business Analysis Technique Workshop Request Info Overview This is a structured session designed to help analysts critically think about the how to select the best business analysis technique and related tools to use for their project requirements....

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...

We NEED Project Managers!

Sometimes Business analysts tease Project Managers, we joke that we are more important than they are. In a meeting with a group of BAs last week I was reminded of how much we need PMs!! Analysis paralysis! We joke about it but it is a real problem. Most BAs can get...

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...

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