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Surveys

Survey

Let me first declare I am not a huge fan of surveys. Personally I think they only have a limited use in Business Analysis work, I much prefer talking to someone ideally face to face, over a video call, or

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System and People Taxonomy

Taxonomy

I know what you’re thinking. Blimey that’s a pretentious title what’s it all about….  Well firstly yes I agree with you, I have no defense I have tried to simplify and failed. Taxonomy is a word normally associated with categorising plants and animals. The

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Document Analysis

Documents

A great way to get a piece of business analysis off to a flying start is look at what has already been recorded on the area in scope. The following is a list of the typical documents I look for when I

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Analysis Approach and Planning

Project Plan

What, why, who, when, where, resources, output, how…… ? These are the first bunch of questions I think of when starting a new piece of business analysis. Normally all at once ! I then relax and work through it one question

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Meetings 101

Meeting

I know we all know this stuff but it’s surprising how many meetings I have been to that were full of good intentions but were a waste of time . These meetings probably could have been really productive if only

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Finding opportunities in a large business area

analysis

Many of my projects have started with the following brief from the sponsor: “find where the problems are, make it better, I have a team of 25, (50 or even 100 +)  people but we still have all these issues!”

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Stakeholders

Stakeholder Analysis

Key relationships for Business Analysts are with the project stakeholders. Without them onside projects can be very hard but first I guess we should start with a definition of who stakeholder is. My definition is “Anyone at all who is

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