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 Your work experience is a lens that can help you make sense of the BABOK. Every practitioners journey of reading the BABOK is different; however, there are common themes and patterns that one needs to pay attention to and learn from.

In this AuthorCast, I am pleased to present a repeat guest, Jarrett Hailes, to enlighten us about how practitioners can extend their knowledge of the BABOK. We use the lens of his recently published book – Pocket Guide for Business Analysis Based on BABOK – to deep dive and understand the challenges and benefits of applying the BABOK. There are many more concepts that we delve into that can expand your horizons and help you see the BABOK in a new light.

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  To Function or Non-to-Function? 

We all know the golden triangle of software requirements:
Business Requirements -> Stakeholder Requirements -> Functional Requirements.
Ensuring that the right business requirements are elicited and analyzed ensures that you are solving the right business need. Stakeholder requirements ensure that the stakeholder needs are identified and trace back to the business requirements. And finally, the Functional requirements bring forward the functionality that is expected of the glorious future state system. 
 
What about Non-Functional requirements? (I am not a big fan of the way they are referred to as) 
 
Why do they not get the limelight they deserve? How does one go about approaching them correctly? How do you ensure that you’ve asked all the right questions that help you elicit the pertinent Non-Functional requirements? 
 
In this episode of the AuthorCast, I am pleased to present Roxanne Miller a self-proclaimed requirements freak. Her extensive background in software development, training and consulting lead her to author one of the most sought after books on Non-Functional requirements – ‘The Quest for Software Requirements”. In this podcast we deep dive into some of the problems that plague the BA community when it comes to the specification and modeling of the Non-Functional requirements. 

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This is a continuation of the episodes as part of building business capability conference. In this episode the focus on components of a structured conversation and how to use it build high value user stories. What are some key elements that you need to focus on beyond the ‘As a ____, I should be able to, so that ____’ conversation.

There are numerous tips on how you can leverage structured conversation to explore, evaluate and confirm high value user stories. If you are into agile analysis, this is a must-listen episode. You will also listen to some of the real world examples for a few challenges that you may face and how to overcome them as part of using this approach.

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The Big Agile Group Hug at BBC 

One of the exciting things about it is the proposed “Agile Open Jam” that will help you get answers to some of the most pressing questions on topics relevant to analysis and product management in agile. There is also an image and link to the poster at the end of this post with more details.

If you are attending BBC this year, don’t miss out on the Open Jam! This is being led by, Ellen Gottesdiener, Mary Gorman, Jake Calebrese, Kent McDonald and Jeffrey Davidson.

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There are very few gems in the biblio-world of requirements engineering and “Software Requirements” by Karl Wiegers is one of them. If you remember I had interviewed Karl in a previous AuthorCast episode and we had a detailed discussion about the second edition of the book.

Today, I am pleased to bring to you an interview with Karl Wiegers and Joy Beatty who have co-authored the latest edition (3rd edition) of this gem.

 

 

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Introduction:

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.