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[11 Feb 2013 | Comments Off on Goals Oriented Requirements | ]

Collaborating on deriving scope from goals is undoubtedly the most controversial topic in this book. In the last five years, the surge in popularity of value chains in software development has increased awareness of the idea of collaborating on scope and deriving it from business goals.

[14 Jan 2013 | 2 Comments | ]

As companies transition to Agile and Scrum to manage their software development projects, how does this affect the work of business analysts? Nancy Nee, VP Global Product Strategy at ESI International, shares her opinion on the role of business analysts in Agile software development projects and how this approach impacts the requirement gathering activity. She also provides some input on how to handle conflict between stakeholders.

[9 Jan 2013 | Comments Off on Asking Open-Ended Questions | ]

Getting the important business needs out of the requirements gathering process should be the goal of every business analyst. In this article, Karl Wiegers discusses the benefits of asking open-ended questions during requirements specification. They are especially useful to discover exceptions to the normal process behaviour. You are then able to determine and describe how the system should detect and respond to an error. The last question he asks during a requirements elicitation meeting is: “Is there anything else I should be asking you?”

[14 Nov 2012 | Comments Off on International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA) | ]

The International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA) is an independent non-profit professional association for business analyst. IIBA was established in 2003 as a Canadian Corporation. Its mission is to develop and maintain standards for the practice of business analysis and for the certification of its practitioners. IIBA local chapters exist in many cities in Canada, the USA and around the world.

[23 Oct 2012 | Comments Off on How Long Do Requirements Take? | ]

In this blog post, Karl E. Wiegers tries to answer the question: How long will it take to “do requirements” on your software project? The answer is naturally: it depends! The post lists conditions that can accelerate requirements development and other factors that lengthen the time needed for effective requirements development. Things are also different if you use a traditional project approach or if you follow an incremental and iterative framework like Scrum. You should also examines the tasks that the business analysts will actually perform and how long those …

[30 Aug 2012 | Comments Off on An Introduction to Business Analysis | ]

This video provides an overview of the different types of communication between business and IT units and offers a comprehensive overview of business analysis itself.

[10 Jul 2012 | Comments Off on Stop Gathering Requirements | ]

The concept of “gathering requirements” comes from the premise that there are requirements out there someplace that the business analyst has to find. But do users or stakeholders really have requirements? In this article, Steve Blais says that users don’t have requirements, so business analysts have to stop gathering requirements. His opinion is that user have business problem to solve. Requirements are defined or created by the business analyst as a possible solution to a business problem. The requirements document is the representation of the complete and accurate statement of …

[1 May 2012 | Comments Off on Business Analysist Critical Path | ]

This video provides a walkthrough of the tasks the Business Analyst will perform along a standard project.

[14 Feb 2012 | Comments Off on Business Analysis and User Experience Activities | ]

This video provides an overview of the Business Analysis and User Experience roles and processes, both with traditional and agile approaches. It shows how a team can understand and design for user and business needs that will be more likely to be adopted and used successfully.

[5 Dec 2011 | Comments Off on Measuring the Success of Requirements Gathering | ]

The best metric to measure the success of business analysis is to evaluate if business objectives for each project were achieved. This is however not always easy to do and this blog post proposes other metrics to get good indicators of success of the business analysis efforts.