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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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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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Good design


There are two ways of constructing a software design: One way is to make it so simple that there are obviously no deficiencies, and the other way is to make it so complicated that there are no obvious deficiencies. –

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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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Cost Benefit Analysis

Cost Benefit Analysis

Cost benefit analysis can be applied to everything. In simple terms it means that when looking at solutions you ask yourself if a particular approach is worth doing. Asking does the benefit outweigh the cost is one the most  powerful tools

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SWOT Analysis

SWOT Analysis Diagram

Like a lot of Business Analyst tools the SWOT analysis is designed to pull ideas out of the aether and onto paper where they can be studied and thought about. Organising your thoughts or your business analysis this way really

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