Business Analysis: Best Practices for Success

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John Wiley & Sons, Oct 18, 2011 - Business & Economics - 432 pages
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The definitive guide on the roles and responsibilities of the business analyst

Business Analysis offers a complete description of the process of business analysis in solving business problems. Filled with tips, tricks, techniques, and guerilla tactics to help execute the process in the face of sometimes overwhelming political or social obstacles, this guide is also filled with real world stories from the author's more than thirty years of experience working as a business analyst.

  • Provides techniques and tips to execute the at-times tricky job of business analyst
  • Written by an industry expert with over thirty years of experience

Straightforward and insightful, Business Analysis is a valuable contribution to your ability to be successful in this role in today's business environment.

 

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Contents

What Is a Business Analyst? 3
3
The Evolution of the Business Analyst 13
13
A Sense of Where You Are
29
What Makes a Good Business Analyst?
39
Roles of the Business Analyst
45
THE PLAYERS
85
The Business Analyst and the Business Community
109
THE PROBLEM
131
Determine the Solution
267
Write the Solution Document
285
PRODUCING THE PRODUCT
309
Confirm the Business Problem
325
User Acceptance Testing?
333
POSTSCRIPT Where to Go from Here
351
APPENDIX A Business Analyst Process
361
Why We Do Not Get Good Requirements
373

Define the Product Scope
163
Notes
177
Confirm Alignment and Financial Justification
179
THE PROCESS
197
Define the Problem Domain
251
Comparison of the Roles of Business Analyst
379
Questions
383
About the Author
395
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Steven P. Blais is a solution architect and a consultant, coach, trainer, and course author in business analysis, software development, and project management. He contributes articles on a regular basis to allPM.com, a project management webzine published by the International Institute for Learning (IIL). He is a frequent content provider to numerous BA blogging sites, including EssenceoftheBA.com, and chairs a committee for the Business Analysis Body of Knowledge R3 with the International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA), the predominant organization for the growing discipline of business analysis, with currently over 15,000 members in ninety chapters worldwide.

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