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SIPOC diagrams

SIPOC Picture

I find SIPOC diagrams really useful in the early stages of a project. They are a great way to capture a lot of information in a concise way and provide an “at a glance” view of the scope, the stakeholders

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Law of the Instrument

Give a small boy a hammer, and he will find that everything he encounters needs pounding Experience is hugely valuable but getting set in your ways is a constant danger. It is important to remain flexible and open minded –

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IT can’t fix broken processes

Broken Process

The first rule of any technology used in a business is that automation applied to an efficient operation will magnify the efficiency. The second is that automation applied to an inefficient operation will magnify the inefficiency. – Bill Gates IT

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Faster horse

Faster Horses

“If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses.” ― Henry Ford A trap I have seen numerous times is building exactly what the users ask for! That’s because it can be difficult to separate

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Requirements versus Functional Design: What’s the Difference?

Functional Design

In a nutshell one is what you want, the other is what you’re getting ! Requirements describe what is needed, what the solution will need to achieve but not the how. Requirements must not describe a solution. Separating requirements and

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More pictures please ! the problem with words

Pictures for Business Analysis

I am sure we have all done this, you are sitting down to watch a film, it’s a film based on a book you have read. The characters appear on screen and they look and sound nothing liked you had

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Planning a requirements workshop

Requirements Workshop

Workshops are a great Business Analysis tool for covering a lot of ground quickly, building consensus, providing opportunities for issues to be raised between stakeholders and generally brainstorming etc to name but a few benefits. Some typical workshop objectives may

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