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Preview Selected Course Lessons

Landbot: Conceive, Converse, and Convert with Chatbots

Agile Business Analysis: Getting and Writing Lean Requirements

Lean / Agile Business Analysis: Writing BUSINESS Use Cases

Business Analysis: Data Flow Diagrams to Visualize Workflows

Functional AND Non-Functional Requirements – Simply Put!

Discover Requirements Using Conversations and Workshops

Writing Requirements for IT — Simply Put!

Featured Course – Agile Business Analysis: Getting and Writing Lean Requirements

Lean agile business analysis for agile and lean requirements?

Browse Our Business Analysis Books Library

lean and agile business analysis books for requirements discovery

For SME’s and Business-side Teams: Writing Effective Lean Requirements

Book - Lean Agile User Stories and Features

Affordable Online Business Analysis Training

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FREE Online Courses

What Is Business Analysis for Information Technology (IT)

The course 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.

Custom Business Analysis Curriculum – Onsite or Online

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Fundamentals of Business Analysis and Requirements Definition

An Overview of Business Analysis for Information Technology

An Introduction to Business Analysis and Why It Is Important to Organizations around the World

An Overview of Lean / Agile Business Analysis

Lean Business Analysis is a flexible response to change, a value increase using fewer resources, and waste reduction during requirements discovery

What Are IT or User Requirements?

A Look at Software Requirements including Business, Stakeholder, Solution, and Transition Requirements

An Introduction to Business Analysis Techniques

An Overview of the Most Widely Used Business Analysis Tools and Techniques

Business Analysis and System Development Methodologies (SDM)

An Overview of Software Development Approaches and Their Impact on Business Analysis Activities

Business Analysis and Agile Methodologies

Agile Software Development Approaches and Their Impact on Business Analysis Activities

Business Analysis and Iterative Methodologies

Iterative System Development Approaches and Their Impact on Business Analysis Activities

Business Analysis and Waterfall Methodologies

Structured System Development Approaches and Their Impact on Business Analysis Activities

How to Identify Stakeholders for IT Projects

Identifying All Stakeholders at the Beginning of Your Project Is a Best Practice for Reducing Scope Creep and Avoiding Missing Requirements

Agile Analysis – Maintaining a Questions and Answers Backlog

Keep Your Requirements Elicitation on Track by Managing Questions, Answers, and Assumptions in a Central Repository


Introducing Lean Principles that Supercharge Your Requirements Discovery Process in Agile and Traditional Software Development

Learn Lean / Agile Business Analysis Techniques

Book - Lean Agile User Stories and Features

Featured Online Course: Getting and Writing IT Requirements in a Lean and Agile World

Lean Business Analysis for Lean Requirements: Techniques for Discovering and Writing User Stories, Acceptance Tests, Scenarios and Examples

Advanced Requirements Analysis

What Is a Use Case

Writing Use Cases to Define Interaction Requirements

How to Run Requirements Workshops (aka JAD/R)

Requirements Discovery or User Story Workshops Are a Fast-track Approach To Getting User Requirements from a Diverse Group of Stakeholders

Business Problems Drive Business Requirements (1)

Effective Information Technology Solutions Start with Business Problem Analysis, for Which You Need a List of Potential Problems

Problem Analysis Uncovers Business Requirements (2)

How to Craft Business Problem Statements That Enable Decision-makers To Approve Your Project and Ignite Your Team’s Creativity

Business Data Modeling - Getting Informational Requirements for IT

Business Data Models Let the Business Community Recognize What Data Is Important to Them and How Data Describes Their Business

Start your career with a Coach or Mentor

Digital business analysis mentoring and coaching

Follow BA-EXPERTS on LinkedIn

Creating and Using User Stories

Business Analysis Using User Stories

How Well-formed User Stories Express Stakeholder Requirements for Agile And Traditional Projects

Keep Your User Story Simple

Rule 1 in How To Write Effective User Stories that Express Business Needs and Minimize Misunderstandings

A User Story Expresses WHAT, Not HOW!

Rule 2 in How To Write Effective User Stories That Express Business Needs and Minimize Misunderstandings

Writing User Stories that Are in Scope

Rule 3 in How To Write Effective User Stories that Express Business Needs and Minimize Misunderstandings

Avoid Ambiguity in Your User Story

Rule 4 in How To Write Effective User Stories that Express Business Needs and Minimize Misunderstandings

Non-Functional Requirements Add Value to User Stories

Rule 5 in How To Write Effective User Stories that Express Business Needs and Minimize Misunderstandings

Prioritize Your User Stories, Features, Non-functional Requirements or Other Backlog Items

Prioritizing User Stories or Requirements Is Essential to Focusing Your Limited Resources on the Most Important Requirements First

Lean Business Use Cases in an Agile World

Lean Use Cases to identify and write Use Case models and diagrams

Online Course: What Is Lean Business Analysis?

What is Lean / Agile business analysis and requirements discovery

Creating and Using Process Models

Business Process Analysis for Requirements Discovery

Analyzing Business Process Models to Uncover Workflow Problems and Identify Requirements for IT Solutions

Create a Context-Level Dataflow Diagram (DFD) to Visualize Project Scope

A “Level 0” Dataflow Diagram (a.k.a. Context Diagram, Business Process Model) Makes the Scope of Your Project Visible

How to Draw Dataflow Diagrams (DFD) for Business Analysis

Drawing a Picture of How a Business Process Creates and Consumes Data Identifies Critical Functional and Non-Functional Requirements

Create a Rigorous Physical Process Model as an Easy Start to a Data Flow Diagram

Jump-Starting Context Diagrams, Data Flow Diagrams, Workflows, and Process Models by Visualizing Material and Data Movement within an Organization

How DFDs Combat Scope Creep and Mitigate Project Risks

How Creating and Using Data Flow Diagrams Can Save Your Agile or Traditional IT Projects

Exploding or Leveling Processes on a Dataflow Diagram (DFD)

How to Develop a Detail or Low Level Data Flow Diagram that Lets You Identify Issues and Discover Requirements for Change

How to Get Started Drawing a Detailed Data Flow Diagram (DFD)

Finding Lower-Level Processes as a Crucial First Step toward Creating a Detailed Dataflow Diagram

How to Analyze a DFD to Expose Missing Data Elements

Use the Power of a Data Flow Diagram to Identify Data Discrepancies, Inconsistencies, and Conflicts

How to Discover Missing Processes and Data

Balancing an Exploded Process with the Lower Level Dataflow Diagram Reveals Missing Components

How To Write Data and Process Specifications

Using a Data Flow Diagram to Define Process and Data Specs Provides the Level of Detail that Solution Providers Need

Online Course: Data Flow Diagrams

Data Flow Diagrams and Process Modeling - Simply Put

Business Analyst Skills Test

Evaluate Your Business Analysis Skills


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