A very common type of analysis question is looking at and analyzing a series of process or activity-related steps performed by the business analyst. Here is an example of such an analysis question:
To capture the process of provisioning a circuit, the business analyst observed an ordering supervisor for half a day. The resulting information could then be incorporated into all of the following types of requirements EXCEPT
A. Transition requirements
B. Solution requirements
C. Stakeholder requirements
D. Functional requirements
The correct answer to this question is A. The question is a pattern question focusing on a recommended series of steps to be followed by the business analyst who is using observation as a technique to elicit or analyze project requirements. The twist is that you are looking for the wrong answer this time around. A capability of the solution is not usually found in the transition requirements for a solution.
Remember to watch for the positives and negatives in your exam questions, such as NOT or EXCEPT. If you miss the negative, it is very easy to get an answer wrong, even for a question that you know the answer for. Well, that’s it for our quick look at analysis questions. In future posts, we will take a closer look at evaluation and synthesis questions.
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