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Best Practices From our Experts​

Let’s face it, business analysis is hard. While there is a lot of advice available to help in your analysis work, it can be hard to sort through it all to find the take aways that will help you most. Our business analysis quick tips can help.

We asked our in-house experts and other business analysis practitioners for their best advice on several key business analysis topics. From this crowd-sourcing activity, we developed these business analysis quick tips to share best practices and ideas for improving your performance as a business analyst.

How to Create a High Performing Team Quick Tip

Most of your work life is likely spent in a team environment. As the pace of work continues to quicken, it’s apparent now more than ever that a fluid, high performing team is essential to your success.

How to Improve Your Requirements Gathering Techniques

Elicitation is one of the most basic tasks of a business analysis professional. Unfortunately, choosing from the vast list of requirements gathering techniques and performing good elicitation that yields value isn’t as easy as you might initially think. There is a lot of planning and thought that needs to go into performing successful elicitation.

How to Successfully Prioritize Requirements Quick Tip

It can be difficult to get stakeholders to define priorities for requirements.  It’s all important, right?  But if everything is urgent, then nothing is urgent.  Effective priorities are critical for making the best use of your stakeholders’ time and the organizations resources. There are lots of approaches to prioritization, and many different factors must be taken into consideration.

Leveraging the Context Data Flow Diagram Quick Tip

Scope creep is a project killer.  One way to help prevent scope creep is to clearly document your project’s scope at the onset.  A valuable tool for defining and communicating scope that we teach in class is the Context Data Flow Diagram. Are you getting the most out of this diagram?

How to Improve Remote Facilitation and Collaboration Quick Tip

As co-located teams are becoming more and more of the norm, virtual collaboration can be a challenge. Our experts have compiled a list of some of their recommendations and ideas to help you overcome many of the long-distance hurdles you will encounter in a virtual world.

How to Improve Your Stakeholder Engagement Quick Tip

You could know all the elicitation analysis techniques in the book, but if you don’t have the right people, engaged at the right time, providing the right input – you won’t get very far. Making an effort to improve stakeholder engagement can significantly impact your effectiveness as a business analyst.

How to Think Like an Agile Analyst Quick Tip

There’s a difference between “doing agile” and “being agile”.  Following an approach like DevOps, Scrum or Kanban can help us “do agile”.  In order to “be agile” we have to embrace a change in mindset.

Potential Areas for Process Improvement Quick Tip

Why is process improvement so difficult sometimes? Shouldn’t it be easy to recognize the best way to restructure or reengineer a process? No, it can be challenging to determine the best approach and know how to get started.

Potential First Questions to Ask When Starting a Project Quick Tip

Ever been assigned to a project and not sure where to start? Don’t worry, you are not alone. Our experts and other business analysts have been in that position too.

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