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...

#AskAnAnalyst Podcast Episode 18: More Business Analysis Basics

This week, I asked one of our expert instructors, Heather Mylan-Mains, to join me for a follow up on our last episode, Back to Business Analysis Basics. I wanted to get Heather’s opinion first on what she considers business analysis basics and then explain why...

#AskAnAnalyst Podcast Episode 17: Back to Business Analysis Basics

Throughout my career, I’ve been in and out of the IT industry in different facets and through these years I’ve seen technology grow into what it is today. Technology has evolved to be a strategic part of almost every industry. But how has it changed? They way we...

6 Tips to Identify Business Analysis Red Flags

I recently read an article from CIO.com “6 Tips to Identify Project Management Red Flags.” While reading, I couldn’t help but think of business analysis red flags in the same respect. So here’s my take on “6 Tips to Identify Business Analysis Red Flags” to...

Scope Creep’s Impact on Analysis

You’re in a project meeting; team members and stakeholders are having a great discussion when it happens…one of your key stakeholders says: “Our system is going to do live chat too, right?” You’re caught off guard – some folks think “sure, no problem”, others...

#7 Agile Q&A: Any way to help manage scope?

Q&A from our Analysis in Agile: There’s More to it than User Stories  webinar. Scope management in an agile environment occurs in a few different ways.  Starting off, it’s very helpful to establish one or two SMART Goals that the project is intended to...

Adding Processes to a Context Level Data Flow Diagram?

I have been using Yourdon’s context level data flow diagram for about 15 years. I still find it one of the best tools for scoping project boundaries and getting everyone on the team to see the project in the same way. The only complaint that I have received...

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