This week’s BA Muster brings you articles about the challenges faced by business analysts and business analyst managers.
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Whenever there’s a problem to explore, which is most often during the initiation of a project, it’s useful to have a visual means of your analysis. Like mind mapping, the fishbone analysis method is a business analysis technique that enables you to explore the likely causes of a problem. The fishbone method can be used in brainstorming sessions or as a personal thinking tool.
In my example below I use the six categories for defining a problem to structure my fishbone diagram.
Here’s how it works…Read More
This third edition of the Business Analyst’s Muster comes from The Analyst Coach, the Seilevel Software Requirements Blog and Techwell.
1. Communication Skills You’ll Need for Effective Analysis by The Analyst Coach. This article gets back to the important fundamentals reminding us of the types of communication skills that business analysts must develop. It describes the relevance of oral and written communication – and teaching skills – needed to effectively communicate requirements.Read More
You’ve come to the right place if you’re looking for a comprehensive review of the book, Business Analysis Techniques: 72 Essential Tools for Success.
I personally own a copy of this book, and based on my own research, I would like to provide you with the best and most unbiased information possible.
This book describes 72 business analysis techniques and explains the context in which they are used within a business analysis effort. Each of these techniques are specific “tools” that can applied at various stages of a project life cycle.
There are 7 chapters: Business Strategy and Objectives, Investigate Situation, Consider Perspectives, Analyse Needs, Evaluate Options, Define Requirements and Manage Change.Read More
I hope you enjoy this week’s BA Muster bringing you articles from Business Analyst Learnings, The Business Analyst Times and the BA Coach.
1. Applying the Kano Analysis Model to Requirements Identification & Prioritization. Following on from my current theme focusing on business analysis techniques, the Kano Analysis Model is a way of eliciting, categorising and prioritising product requirements. I haven’t used this technique before but it’s certainly has my interest piqued. I like how requirements are categorised as threshold, performance and excitement requirements. Especially how excitement requirements “can help differentiate the business in the market and set it aside from competition.”Read More
The mind map is among the business analysis techniques that provides a visual representation of ideas, thoughts, problems… anything. It’s a great brainstorming tool for generating new ideas and exploring a problem.
There’s no real rules to using mind maps. You just enter your central idea, maybe it’s a requirement or a problem, and then start adding everything that comes to mind.
Mind maps are excellent in interviews and workshops, or as a personal thinking tool.
Here’s how to create a mind map…Read More
Ever heard of The Five Whys questioning technique? This is one of many business analysis techniques but it’s one of my personal favourites when it comes to understanding a problem. That’s because it’s so simple.
Asking “why” is a simple and effective way to solving problems that can be used by any business analyst to improve a business process or write better requirements.
However it’s so easy to forget this simple questioning approach when we’re given a task. There’s a risk to take the information we’re given – a business requirement or a half formed solution – and build a solution based on untested information.
And this untested information may result in rebuilding a system or re-engineering a process later on. It can get expensive!Read More
This week’s BA Muster features 3 quality articles.
1. How to avoid the silent danger: Burnout! by Adrian Reed. This article describes the need for balance between too much stress and no stress at all. If there’s no stress at all, you run the risk of boredom. And too much stress creates anxiety and leads to burnout. This article gives you some useful and practical strategies for keeping in that optimum zone.Read More
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