The #1 Information Gathering Technique: The Requirements Workshop

Requirements workshop are a highly-effective technique, bringing users and developers together for a collaborative session. These meetings are designed to help groups overcome obstacles in gathering high-quality requirements. Workshops are best led by a skilled facilitator, and assisted by a scribe to document the business requirements discovered. What do you think a good requirements workshop […]
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Requirements Elicitation

“Requirements engineering is primarily a communication, not technical, activity. Communication problems can begin early on if project participants have different ideas of exactly what ‘requirements’ are.”   – Karl Wiegers Do you agree or disagree with this quote? Why? Why not? What is Requirements Elicitation? Definition: the capture of user expectations and stakeholder constraints; the process […]
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Catching the Next Wave for Business Analysts

How do IT organizations develop the exceptional business analysts needed to bridge the chasm between the business and technical communities? As with any other project leadership role, competency comes from acquiring education and training, seeking mentoring and coaching, and jumping in headfirst to learn the discipline. Because the role requires both business and technical expertise, formal […]
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Understanding the Whole Brain Model Can Help You be a Better Project Leader

Understanding Cognitive Differences Cognitive style refers to how a person perceives, processes, interprets, and uses information. Cognitive differences refer to approaches to perceiving and assimilating data, making decisions, and solving problems. Cognitive approaches are preferences that are not rigid, but most people have preferred habits of thought. One cognitive difference is between left-brained versus right-brained […]
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How To Do a Gap Analysis to Find Out What You Are Missing

A common definition of the business practice of gap analysis or needs analysis consists of (1) listing of characteristic factors (such as attributes, competencies, performance levels) of the present situation (“what is”), (2) listing factors needed to achieve future objectives (“what should be”), and then (3) highlighting the gaps that exist and need to be […]
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