User stories are a great way of expressing stakeholder requirements. By following a few simple rules, they can become even more powerful.
Maintaining a list of the questions you need answered is a simple but effective interviewing tool for business analysts.
Strategic, Tactical, and Operational Business Analysis are three distinct levels within an organization. Although they are all called business analysis, there are significant differences in the breadth and depth of the tools and techniques necessary to support each.
Operational Business Analysis is heavily used at the application level by Agile teams, by developers performing business analysis activities, and by administrators of packaged soctware.
Strategic Business Analysis (aka “Enterprise Analysis”) applies the tools of techniques germane to business analysis to an entire organization or any subset thereof. It is an essential step in intiating positive change within an organization.
Tactical Business Analysis is applied within a project to ensure that the product is well defined and understood both by those who need the produce and by those who build/buy the product. In an Agile environment, it is used primarily during release, iteration, and sprint planning sessions.
Business analysis at all levels requires interviewing skills. This post discusses seven key characteristics that will help you improve your interviewing skills.