Blog: The Business Analyst’s Role – Clear as Mud

How well is the Business Analyst’s role defined in your organization? The Organization Needs a BA Role At a recent Business Analyst World conference in Toronto, it was not a surprise to hear many of the speakers lamenting about projects that continue to roll in late...

Blog: The Pendulum Swing of Organizations

I wonder if organizations give out awards for surviving the most reorganizations in a single decade to particular business functions. I’m thinking that most analysts get to experience this frequently as the pendulum of organizational design swings…

Blog: Determine when you are “done”

Four simple tests to assess if requirements are not done These are Business Requirements level tests that work and will improve your requirements quality irrespective of delivery methodology: If the requirements lack context: Requirements always e…

The User Story Discovery Canvas from IAG

One of the aspects of being a Business Analyst Consultant that I feel a keen responsibility for is asking good questions. By that, I mean asking questions that are both relevant and relatively easy to answer. When I started out my career as a BA I honesty did not...

Top Ten Things to Look for in Business Analysis Training

As analysts, it is going to be natural that we are going to methodically analyze to make sure we select the best course that fits our requirements. Sometimes, however, the analysis can often get in the way of the decision rather than help it. So it is our hope that...

Blog: What Is Requirements Discovery?

Requirements discovery is also often referred to as requirements elicitation, requirements gathering, requirements analysis, and requirements definition. We prefer to use the term because it’s a little less high-brow, more meaningful, and more app…

Blog: What is Requirements Maturity?

We’ve been in the business of helping companies improve their requirements definition and management (RDM) maturity for over 13 years. One thing I’ve noticed is that companies that have made significant improvement in RDM tend to believe they are …

Blog: Introduction to the Agile Project Framework

Introduction to the Agile Project Framework While relatively new to many, the Agile Business Consortium’s Agile Project Framework is actually the most established framework for agile project management in use today. For over 20 years, the framework has provided a...

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