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The 5 Whys: A Root Cause Analysis Technique

“Why” is such a powerful question that it’s the basis for a root cause analysis technique called the5 whys. The thought is that by the time you ask a stakeholder “Why?” 5 times, you generally have arrived [more…]

Use Metrics to Measure Progress of Process-Improvement Projects

When you’re involved in process improvement projects as a business analyst, a key task is to take time to define the metrics you’ll use to measure success. The measures differ, depending on the industry [more…]

Division of Labor in Large Business Analysis Projects

On new development or mission-critical projects, several people may perform business analysis work. If so, business analysis planning may be divided among different business analysts. In these cases, the [more…]

Plan for Contingencies in a Business Analysis Project

In business analysis projects, plans become outdated as soon as you start executing. As you discover new information about the people, project characteristics, and process, those changes impact your plan [more…]

Maximize the Business Analyst–Project Manager Relationship

Although many teams nowadays have one person function as both the project manager (PM) and business analyst (BA), a lot of teams still have different people performing those roles. One of the challenges [more…]

5 Tips for Conducting a Requirements Review Session

When verifying and validating solutions, you perform a requirements review, a structured audit in which you give participants the opportunity to ask questions and make suggestions in order to improve the [more…]

10 Roles for Business Analysis Professionals

Aside from fulfilling a business analyst (BA) role at a company, you may have the opportunity apply your various business analysis skills to other roles. You can parse out individual business analysis [more…]

Business Analysis For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Becoming a master in business analysis is a goal many business analysts (BAs) have, but it can be a difficult one to achieve because this field is constantly changing and evolving. The business analysis [more…]

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