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Book: Business Analysis Defined

Learn What BA Is, When To Do It in Agile and Waterfall SDM, and What Techniques Are in Use

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Author: Tom and Angela Hathaway
Pages: 80 (estimated)
Publication Date: March 01, 2014

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Preface

A Buddhist proverb warns, “Be mindful of intention. Intention is the seed that creates our future.” In a very real sense, this statement expresses the reason for business analysis. This discipline is really all about choosing and defining a desired future because without intention (expressed in business analysis terms, “requirements”), no future is more or less desirable than another.

In reality, every organization does some form of business analysis whether it uses 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 inaccurate. Actually, it is a critical component of any change initiative within an organization whether software is involved or not.

The book defines how business analysis is currently practiced. The authors provide insight into this fast-growing field by distinguishing strategic, tactical, and operational business analysis. It provides surveys of what Business Analysts really do and what business analysis techniques people use most often when they are the one “wearing the BA hat”. You will learn what “requirements” really are and what different types of requirements exist. Because many requirements define future information technology (IT) solutions, the authors share their experience on how Waterfall, Iterative, Agile, and Experimental (aka “Chaotic”) Software Development methodologies impact the business analysis responsibility.

Although the field of Business Analysis offers great career opportunities for those seeking employment, some level of business analysis skill is essential for any adult in the business world today. Many of the techniques used in the field evolved from earlier lessons learned in systems analysis and have proven themselves to be useful in every walk of life. We have personally experienced how business analysis techniques help even in your private life.

We wrote this book for everyday people in the real world to give you a basic understanding of some core business analysis methods and concepts. If this course answers some of your questions, great. If it raises more questions than it answers (implying that it piqued your curiosity), even better. If it motivates you to learn more about this emerging and fascinating topic, it has served its purpose well.


Table of Contents

  • Business Analysis Defined
    • Contents
    • Preface
    • About the Authors
  • What is Business Analysis?
    • Business Analysis – Definition
    • What Does Business Analysis Entail?
    • “Strategic”, “Tactical” and “Operational” Business Analysis
    • Other Resources
  • What are Requirements
    • Requirements Defined
    • Business Requirements
    • Stakeholder Requirements
    • Solution Requirements
    • Transition Requirements
    • Other Resources
  • Business Analysis Techniques
    • An Introduction to Techniques
    • What Tools Are Used?
    • What Techniques Are Used?
    • Other Resources
  • Business Analysis and SDM / SDLC
    • What Are SDM and SDLC?
    • What Flavors of SDM Do Organization Use?
    • The Beginnings of Structure
    • The Incremental Philosophy
    • An “Agile” Revolution
    • Business Analysis in Waterfall SDM
    • THE BA Role in Iterative SDM
    • Agile Projects and Business Analysis
    • Other Resources
  • Business Analysis and the Future
    • Existing Situation Analysis
    • Enhancing Business Analysis Skills
    • Core Competencies
    • From Niche Profession to Core Skillset
    • Reading, Writing, and Business Analysis?
    • Other Resources

Additional Information

About the Authors

Angela and Tom Hathaway have authored and delivered hundreds of training courses and publications for business analysts around the world. They have facilitated hundreds of requirements discovery sessions for information technology projects under a variety of acronyms (JAD, ASAP, JADr, JRP, etc.).
Based on their personal journey and experiences reported by their students, they recognized how much anyone can benefit from a basic understanding of what is currently called “business analysis”. Their mission is to allow everyone, anywhere access to simple, easy-to-learn techniques by sharing their experience and expertise in their training seminars, blogs, books, and public presentations.

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