Requirements are Considered Traceable If…

I use a simple checklist to implement traceability on my projects.  I think it is important that all stakeholders understand what is needed on a project from a traceability perspective.  Traceability begins in earnest with the requirements development activities on your projects. I believe project requirements are traceable if: The source of the requirement is documented. Common […]
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Business Analysis Technique: Brainstorming

According to the BABOK® Guide, brainstorming is one of the 16 required techniques in the fundamental knowledge base of an effective business analyst.   Why would this creative information gathering technique be a required competency for a business analyst?  Let’s have a look.   Brainstorming targets creative thinking about a problem in order to come up with a […]
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Business Analysis Technique: Document Analysis

According to the BABOK® Guide, performing document analysis is one of the 16 required techniques in the fundamental knowledge base of an effective business analyst.   Wow, document analysis.  It sounds so … well… simple. Why would this technique be a required competency for a business analyst?  Let’s have a look.   Document analysis allows the […]
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Negotiating Changing and Conflicting Requirements

I have found that negotiation skills are essential in developing and managing requirements and changes to those requirements. Changing and conflicting project requirements of all types seem to need some negotiating relative to their business context, the user’s needs, the existing situation, and any number of constraints or limits.   The business analysis team should have […]
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Defining Project, Product and Solution Scope

Defining product and project scope is an important framework for detailed requirements development. In order to define the scope of the project’s end result (the product or solution) and the project’s implementation needs (the project itself), it is critical to understand the difference between product and project scope and which one should be addressed first […]
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