Business Analysis is a Process not a Role
Register Now! 3/11/2014 12:00 PM EST
Many organizations simply view business analysis as requirements development and management, however this view is vastly different from what is expressed in IIBA’s Business Analysis Body of Knowledge (BABOK). The BABOK defines a Business Analyst as “Any person who performs business analysis activities, no matter what their job title or organizational role may be.” The BABOK goes further and says that Business Analysts do not just have the title Business or System Analysts they may also be perform related roles such as Project Management, Developers, Quality Assurance and Interaction Design. This broad role of business analysis makes it appear more of a process than a role.
Business Analysis is about ensuring solutions deliver value to the business. This includes tasks such as defining the problem, understanding stakeholder needs, defining requirements, building test cases, validating the right solution is being built, and measuring business value using KPIs. In this webinar, John Parker will express how Business Analysis should be viewed as a collaborative team effort and not some narrow role of just serving as a note taker in interviews and writing requirements. He will address the following topics:
- What is Business Analysis?
- Business Analysis is a Significant Risk for Most Organizations
- How Do We Move Away from the Requirements Mentality
- Business Analysis is a Team Sport
- Are Business Analysis and Business Design the Same Thing?
- Why Project Managers Should Care About Business Analysis?
- Does QA really perform an BA Role?
- Busting the Silos
Requirements: The Old Way and The New Way
Register Now! 3/25/2014 12:00 PM EST
The vast majority of organizations are using archaic methods to develop requirements based on methods from the 1970s and early 1980s. With the dynamic pace of business change, organizations that continue to use these practices have continued to see a significant amount of challenged and failed projects and have placed their organizations at a competitive disadvantage. In fact, even with the recent emphasis on project management practices and certification, Standish Group research shows that there are more failed and challenged projects than there was in their original 1994 report when waterfall and traditional requirement practices are used.
Many studies have shown that poor requirements and changing requirements are two of the leading causes of project failures. The birth of Agile development largely stemmed from frustration of ineffective requirements practices and the desire to find a better way out of this horrible dilemma. Agile has made a big difference on project success rates; Standish Group research shows that Agile projects are three times more likely to be successful than waterfall projects. However, having such little documentation has created problems for some organizations that have adopted agile.
In this webinar, John Parker will discuss how methods used to define and manage requirements need to change whether Agile or waterfall development is used. He will address the following topics.
- The Difference between Business, Stakeholder and Solution Requirements
- Requirements: One time or Incremental delivery
- Requirements Review and Validation: One Time or Continuous
- Requirements Documentation: Paper Documents or Electronic
- Elicitation: Interviews or Stakeholder Collaboration
- What is Requirements and What is Design
- How Better Discovery Practices can Improve Agile
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- BUSINESS ARCHITECTURE – THE BRIDGE TO SUCCESSFUL PROJECTS by John Parker, CVO of Enfocus Solutions.
- CULTURE, MANAGEMENT, PROCESSES AND TOOLS by John Parker, CVO of Enfocus Solutions and Karl Wiegers, Principal Consultant with Process Impact.
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- USE CASES FOR REQUIREMENTS TESTING — FACTS AND FOLLIES by Robin Goldsmith, author of Discovering Real Business Requirements for Software Project Success and other books.
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- GET AGILE – What You Need to Know about Agile Requirements for Enterprise Projects by John Parker, CVO at Enfocus Solutions, Inc.
- UNDERSTANDING COMPLEX REGULATIONS by Mack Frankfurter.
- THE BEST LANGUAGE IN WHICH TO COMMUNICATE by guest speaker Thea Rasins, a senior business analyst, consultant, and educator for companies nationwide.
- TACTICS AND TECHNOLOGIES FOR STAKEHOLDER ENGAGEMENT by Keith Ellis.
- NO MORE LAME CONFERENCE CALLS by guest speaker Byron Van Arsdale, author of No More Lame Conference Calls – 6 Principles You Need to Lead Great Meetings.
- BUSINESS ANALYSIS STANDARDIZATION – A STRATEGIC MANDATE by John Parker, CVO of Enfocus Solutions Inc.
- LOWERING REQUIREMENTS RISK by Keith Ellis.
- BUSINESS ANALYSIS FUNDAMENTALS FOR PROJECT MANAGERS by John Parker, Chief Visionary Officer of Enfocus Solutions Inc.
- SOLUTION ASSESSMENT AND VALIDATION by John Parker, CEO of Enfocus Solutions Inc.
- BREAKING THE STAKEHOLDER INVOLVEMENT BARRIER: Techniques for Business Analysts to Improve Stakeholder Engagement on Technology Projects by Keith Ellis.
- COMMUNICATING WITH YOUR STAKEHOLDERS by Keith Ellis.
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- WHY WON’T THEY USE YOUR GREAT APP? by guest speaker Tom Evans, Principal at Lûcrum Marketing.
- AVOID CREEP — DISCOVER THE REAL BUSINESS REQUIREMENTS by guest speaker Robin Goldsmith, author of Discovering Real Business Requirements for Software Project Success and other books.
- THE ART OF WRITING A BUSINESS REQUIREMENTS DOCUMENT (BRD) by guest speaker Kelly Burroughs, owner of Swift Kick Communications.
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