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What Questions Do I Ask During Requirements Elicitation?

Are you looking for a simple way to get more out of your requirements elicitation sessions? Would you like to make better use of yours and your stakeholder’s time? Would you be interested in learning a simple technique for improving your stakeholder meetings?  A critical part of preparing for requirements elicitation is identifying a list of questions. […]

How to a Use a Stakeholder Request List to Facilitate Scope Definition

Oftentimes a business analyst gets involved in a project with multiple different business stakeholders with competing views. Before jumping into the analysis of the project or even defining scope, it can be helpful to pull together all the competing requests and categorize them. This activity can help shed light on the nature of the requests. […]

How to Interview a Subject Matter Expert

When trying to uncover the functionality of an existing system or discover what a new or updated system needs to do to meet the business need, the most critical activity you will perform is interviewing stakeholders. Interviewing subject matter experts (SMEs) is part art, part science.  I’ll provide you with some techniques and best practices […]

How to Explore the System to Discover Requirements

When you are discovering the current capabilities of a software system, it’s critical that you take time early on to explore the system as fully as possible.  Of course, you’ll also need input from stakeholders, but you’ll be able to establish much more credibility with these individuals if you’ve done your due diligence. After exploring […]

10 Ways to Discover What the Problem Really Is

A clear sign of a poorly identified the problem is irrational disagreement.  You’ve been in these meetings: one person brings up a great idea, another shoots it down immediately, and participants voice conflicting opinions about said idea.  This conversation quickly degenerates and you know, instinctively, you’re going to leave in 45 minutes without accomplishing anything, […]

5 Questions to Ask Before Starting a Technology Project

Many times we are so excited to implement a new idea or solve a recently elevated business problem that we forget to stop for a moment and reflect on the direction we are taking.  I know you’ve been there.  The pieces of the puzzle finally fit together and you know exactly how to move forward.  […]

How to Conduct a Requirements Review

A requirements review or walk-through is a meeting where you gather all of your stakeholders together and walk-through the requirements documentation, page-by-page, line-by-line, to ensure that the document represents everyone’s complete understanding of what is to be accomplished in this particular project. Simple enough. Boring enough. But valuable enough that it just simply has to […]

An Issue Tracking Template for Requirements Issues

The Issues List is one of the most simple and most effective tools you’ll ever use as a business analyst.  The list itself is simple.  The ability to maximize its impact is the sign of a great business analyst.  It has power when you use it proactively and effectively. We’ll briefly talk about what the […]

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