Pareto Analysis and the 80/20 Rule

On my projects, we use Pareto analysis to show us the relatively small number of causes that may produce the majority of problems or defects we are encountering. The 80-20 principle comes in to say that 80% of the problems are due to 20% of the causes.  We never have enough time to address everything, so […]
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Recommended PM and BA Technique: Functional Decomposition

The BABOK® Guide recommends that business analysts use the functional decomposition to break down the high-level solution scope on a project into its component parts. You can then create a model of what needs to be done to deliver all or part of the solution. Functional decomposition is an excellent way to break things into manageable pieces […]
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Defining Your Project’s Business Requirements

Let’s remind ourselves what the business requirements are and how they relate to developing, validating and managing our project’s requirements. The business requirements consist of a set of “big picture” deliverables that scope out and frame your project’s products and work activities. The BABOK® Guide recommends that you develop four deliverables as part of your Enterprise Analysis […]
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Business Analysis Technique: Process Modeling

Process models organize your requirements using a hierarchy of processes and sub-processes and addressing those processes from start to finish. You use them to document the steps your stakeholders take to get their work done. Process models are very easy to understand and to work with on your projects. Think of graphically depicting a series […]
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Recommended Business Analysis Technique: Nonfunctional Requirements Analysis

The BABOK® Guide recommends that business analysts use the nonfunctional requirements technique on their projects. Let’s take a closer look at this technique and how this is actually done. Nonfunctional requirements define the overall qualities or attributes of the resulting solution or solution components. They constrain how the solution requirements are to be met by the solution itself as […]
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