Requirements are the cornerstone of a Business Analyst’s work. Requirements are elicited, defined, communicated, validated, documented, modeled, baselined, categorized, interpreted, analyzed, traced, managed and changed.
Requirements are the “necessary and sufficient properties of a business system that will ensure the business goals and objectives are met”. Getting It Right, Business Requirements Analysis Tools and Techniques provides an excellent overview of the process of requirements analysis and the tools and techniques to adequately analyze and manage requirements. It is one of a volume of books in the Business Analysis Essential Library series.
Of all the Business Analysis related books I have read, Seven Steps to Mastering Business Analysis stands out as one of my favourites.
This book provides a clear understanding about the role and work of a Business Analyst and the value the role provides. Divided into seven chapters, the book details the steps to mastering the skills of a Business Analyst while also providing practical insightful advice. The book outlines key knowledge areas, analysis techniques and strategies and applies them to real project scenarios.
You have been asked to provide a presentation to senior stakeholders about the status of a large project in which you are acting as the Business Analyst. You open Powerpoint and create a new blank slide. You start to think about how you want to depict the necessary information. What template background is appropriate? Should I insert some images or just use bullet points? How many bullets is too many? How many slides are too many? You want to keep the content relevant and simple but not sure how best to accomplish this goal.
You’ve seen many presentations over the course of your career, some memorable and some not so memorable. Thinking about the audience for your presentation, you wonder how to meet their needs without presenting too much information.
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You start the day early, sitting at your desk reviewing the days events on your calendar. You get a telephone call from a user with an issue regarding a release implemented a few days ago before you head into a morning meeting. At the meeting, you jot down tasks you need to look into by the end of the week. Your boss has pushed up your requirements deadline. Getting back to your desk, you notice an email from a colleague asking for some assistance reviewing requirements for his project. You set out to reply, but remember you need to do some final preparation for a requirements workshop in the afternoon. Your mind wonders to the persistent plumbing issue at your house, you need to make time to call the plumber today as well.
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