BA Mindset Video #5: Analysis Before Synthesis; Information Before Requirements

Requirements don't come from business - they come from business analysis. This next video episode deals with the myth of "gathering business requirements".We gather information from stakeholders, analyze it, discover, investigate, compare, research and analyze some more, and then synthesize…

Requirements Clinic: Analyzing the Results of Business Analysis

A requirements clinic is a focused inspection of a set of business requirements, often led by an external facilitator or a third party. The goal is to assess stakeholder alignment on requirements and evaluate the requirements for: CompletenessConsistencyClarityContradictionsUndocumented assumptionsRequirements gaps…

Business Analysis Tools and Techniques

After the Explain many times, many ways post, I’ve received a lot of feedback.  In this post, I will follow-up on the most popular question: “Based on the different learning types and stakeholder needs, what business analysis methods or techniques…

Business Analysis Pitfalls: We Only Capture System Requirements

What is a requirement? Most definitions describe a requirement as a “condition or capability needed by a user to solve a problem or achieve an objective”. A condition or capability could be anything – a process step, a new template,…

Shared Understanding Tip #6: Structure the Requirements, Do Not Pile Them Up

Creating a shared understanding of business requirements is like picturing a building instead of a pile of bricks. You cannot achieve it without organizing requirements in a structure that makes sense. More than that: how can you, a business analyst,…