Monthly Archives: March 2019

Combined Survey Results (late March 2019)

The additional survey results from yesterday are included in the combined results here. List at least five steps you take during a typical business analysis effort. Requirements Gathering Initiation Testing QA Feedback User acceptance Requirement Elicitation UX Design Software Design … Continue reading

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A Simulationist’s Framework for Business Analysis: Round Five

Today I gave this talk at the Project Summit – Business Analyst World conference in Orlando. The slides I used for this presentation are here. The most recent version of the slides, which includes links to detailed discussions of more … Continue reading

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What Do I Mean By “Solve The Problem Abstractly?”

Requirements and Design Phases Looking at the phases I’ve described in my business analysis framework, I wanted to describe the major difference between the step for requirements and design. The artifacts created as part of these phases, which usually include … Continue reading

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Unified Theory of Business Analysis: Part Three

How The Most Commonly Used Software Tools Apply to the Solution Effort and the Engagement Effort Continuing last week’s discussions I wanted to analyze how business analysts tend to apply their favorite software tools. Excel (24) Microsoft Excel is such … Continue reading

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Unified Theory of Business Analysis: Part Two

How The Fifty Business Analysis Techniques Apply to the Solution Effort and the Engagement Effort Yesterday I kicked off this discussion by clarifying the difference between the solution effort and the engagement effort. Again, the solution effort involves the work … Continue reading

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Unified Theory of Business Analysis: Part One

Defining and Distinguishing Between the Solution Effort and the Engagement Effort There seems to be a great deal of confusion in describing what business analysts do, since they often seem to be doing such different things. I’ve confirmed this after … Continue reading

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Components of a Solution

I wanted to define some terms and provide some context in preparation for the next few posts. Specifically, I’m describing the components of a solution. A process model is a model of a system that either does exist or will … Continue reading

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Combined Survey Results, Updated (March 2019)

With the addition of survey data taken at recent meetups in Orlando and Tampa, the combined results are updated here. List 5-8 steps you take during a typical project. These vary, but mostly follow a recognizable pattern, in rough keeping … Continue reading

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