Business agility is not an option Business agility is, among other things, the ability to change rapidly and safely in response to, or in anticipation of, relevant changes in the external environment. For every organisation, business agility is not an option. Here is a list of some of the ways in which the best business analysts and business architects can provide real value by supporting their organisation’s capability to achieve business agility. Ensure that all business and IS/IT … [Read more...] about How business analysts can help achieve business agility
Articles on business analysis
These articles will consider business analysis practice, approaches, techniques, management and tools as well as a look at current concerns and future trends for business analysis.
Levels of business analysis Strategic: Business transformations; Portfolio management; Business change; Business architecture and Target operating models; Business agility; Benefits realisation. Operational: Business processes; Business data; Management information and Decision support; Business rules; Business cases; Business requirements discovery; Problem analysis. Tactical: Software requirements specification and management; Business Analysis Roles and Qualities Business … [Read more...] about Levels and roles of business analysis
Optimising Business Analyst Performance A business analyst’s role is very much about the continuous improvement of business capabilities. But the capabilities of the each business analyst and the whole business analysis function also need to be continuously improved . Unfortunately, business analysts and other team members often do not have the time, the independence, the authority or appropriate organisational structures to examine and improve their own capabilities and to optimise their own … [Read more...] about Business analysis centre of excellence
Why terms of reference? Terms of reference are a key tool of business analysis. They are a vital control for: projects activities and work packages within the project project governance and management project team members A useful mnemonic for possible elements of a terms of reference is BOSCARD. It provides a framework for a terms of reference and is the basis of a contract between the business analyst and other project team stakeholders. BOSCARD BOSCARD … [Read more...] about Terms of reference for a better service
Requirements analysis As requirements are discovered (elicited) and captured, they should periodically be analysed; they can be analysed for completeness, correctness, priority, release date, ambiguity, clarity, testability, achievability, cost, risk, scope, cultural feasibility, etc. This is true whether the requirements are captured as user stories, use cases, business tasks or any other format. The requirements analysis process involves checking backwards with the requirements owners … [Read more...] about Requirements analysis and modelling
Chinese Whispers in requirements discovery The child’s game, referred to in English as Chinese Whispers, is one in which children, typically seated in a circle, receive a whispered message from the person on one side and whisper it to the person on their other side. The last person in the circle has to say out loud what they they heard. To the delight of the children, this usually has nothing to do with the original message. Unfortunately the process of requirements discovery … [Read more...] about Requirements discovery is child’s play