Business Analysis Defined

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This eCourse is an introduction to the field of business analysis. It defines how business analysis is currently practiced and what “requirements” really are. It also explains how different software development methodologies (Agile, Structured or Waterfall, Iterative) impact business analysis activities. In addition, the eCourse/book describes what business analysis techniques are widely used by business analysts (or anyone wearing the business analysis hat).

In today’s world, every organization does some form of business analysis whether they use the term or not. For many (especially larger organizations), it is an extremely structured, managed process while others thrive on change and only do business analysis when and as needed. The perception that business analysis is only needed to develop IT solutions is not entirely accurate. Actually, it is a critical component of any change initiative within an organization whether software is involved or not.

“Business Analysis Defined” provides insight into this fast-growing field by distinguishing strategic, tactical, and operational business analysis. It is based in part on surveys of what BAs really do and what business analysis techniques people use most often when they are the one “wearing the BA hat”. Because of the tight relationship between requirements and information technology, the authors also share their experience on how software development methodologies impact the business analysis responsibility.

Upon completion of this course, you can:
• Identify and categorize best practices
• Defend the need for good requirements
• Classify four requirement types
• Identify the critical skills required by business analysts
• Describe the tools used
• Relate the evolving role of today’s business analyst
• Discuss how SDMs like Waterfall, Iterative, and Agile affect business analysis activities


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