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What techniques can identify missing requirements?

I am working in a Scrum team developing methods and tools for use inside our organization, although our skillset tends more towards statistics and data science than traditional software development. ...
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Can a Business Analyst be a BA outside the context of a project?

I was given the following question, and am unclear about whether a business analyst can be a BA outside of a project. A business analyst (BA) is someone who elicits the actual needs of organizational ...
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Does the client have the privilege to force the vendor on a BRD format?

Would like to ask: Does the client project manager have the privilege to force the vendor who is selling a SaaS system to use some specific BRD format and force them to change thier standard format? ...
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RACI matrix and illness/vacation/leave

Wikipedia with some quotes of a PM forum saying, that only one person should be accountable for a given task. But what to do in case of illness/vacation/leave? Is a "backup" person assumed?
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How to approach this: Percentage change in one KPI leading to change in other KPIs?

I want to know how can I approach or model this problem. I have 7 KPIs (3 of them dependent on each other) and one main KPI (total 8 KPIs). I want to understand effect of these 7 KPIs on the main KPIs....
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Dealing with incompetent BA

As a project manager we recently hired a business analyst to cover requirements gathering and creating user stories to help the dev team. After the second week there was a negative feedback from ...
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Business Analyst and domain knowledge

Is a Business Analyst supposed to have domain knowledge? If they don't have domain knowledge in the business they work with (for example, retail logistics), then how can they be effective in doing ...
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How does a Scrum Team handle traditional BA responsibilities?

Linked Question This question was proposed by the participants of the discussion of the previous, more general question. Question The business analyst's work often implies a kind of waterfall-ish or ...
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Does a business analyst fit into the Scrum framework?

Question Let's consider a software development project made for an external customer. The development company (the vendor) has the usual positions and specialists: developers, testers, business ...
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Problems with a decision on layoffs

Being a mid-level manager, I was told by my supervisor that a drastic staff reduction in the company is due in a couple of months. Most of my subordinates will be laid off. He specifically told me not ...
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How do I measure employee (software developer) performance based on bugs analyzed and fixed?

I am trying to overhaul the bug-ticket management process for the company I'm working at. One of the requirements is that top-level management knows how productive the developers are when fixing bugs. ...
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First step in analyzing the problem and coming up with the solution [closed]

I am working on a small case study of the restaurant who is suffering a loss in business of nearly about 70-80% due to COVID-19 situation so the business owner would like to revamp his whole business ...
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How does your functional resource work during iterations?

I'm curious how other teams include the functional role (business analyst, designer, etc.) in iterative development. I'm working with what is referred to as functional analyst - they are ...
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Business requirements and a fixed price contract

A new customer asks us to develop a complex software product (in time and on budget). They provided us with business requirements. These business requirements is a text logically devided into (un-...
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How to order large amount of business requirements properly?

We continuously develop, operate and maintain a hardware-software system. The last year a load of complex business requirement (100-150) is accumulated but unfortunately not processed well. The ...
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Classic BA role in agile (scaled agile)?

I work in an environment that has really embraced agile and I feel like when faced with a problem we double down on the framework. We're now in a position where we're going to have up to 5 teams ...
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Why is the word "business" used in business rules?

I'm migrating this question from SQA. Why do expressions like business analyst, business intelligence, business rules, etc. using the word "business"? I guess that is because usually software is ...
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How do you keep documentation on long-term project?

I'm working on optimizing the process of documentation on the projects in IT company. The issue is that right now the company has documentation when the project is started but then they don't ...
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What is the difference between the project manager and business analyst role?

I am bit confused between the role of project manager and business analyst. What is the basic difference between the two?
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Which Document need to be created first by a Business Analyst? Scope Document or Business Requirement Document(BRD)?

Do the following documents need to be created by a Business Analyst in any particular order? If so, what? Scope Document Business Requirement Document (BRD) Functional Specification Document (FRD/FRS)...
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Best method to conduct retrospective meeting for a MVP? [closed]

Scenario As we know, a Sprint Retrospective is a meeting held at the end of an iteration to evaluate the Scrum Team's performance, what happened in the iteration and identify actions for improvement ...
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Requirement gathering cut off when the time for requirement collection is too long

I am doing a small project. Users can only provide a part of requirements. The period of user requirement gathering has lasted for two months. But it seems we will receive no information for the rest ...
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What is the difference between Business/Management Consultant and Project Manager?

I met a business/management consultant 2 months ago working in one of the top business consulting firms. He explained to us that he, as a Business Consultant, can successfully manage projects more ...
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Do you write a user story for a development task?

A Business Analyst was asked to write a user story for a script change. The Dev and DBA were changing two letters in the script. I told the BA to put it on the Backlog as a task. He insisted on ...
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Is implement business analysis in an organisation the best way?

The organization I'm currently working at, have no business analysis approach. Due to that lack, all the changes/upgrades we are doing or trying to do are hellish. The technical person has trouble ...
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What questions to ask and how to create spec based on provided information

I am interviewing for a trainee BA position and they have given me this scenario to answer. I am not sure on the correct questions to ask and how to develop a requirements spec based on what is ...
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How to identify leader in a transformation project and are business analysts needed in a scrum environment?

The company I'm currently working wants to deploy a workflow tool for its factories. Issues are three-fold: We don't have any business analysts who have the skills to create the business processes ...
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Requirements Elicitation Technique For Unknown Workflow

What elicitation technique(s) would you use for a workflow-dependent feature, where the workflow is largely unknown? Given a workshop with the primary user,the designer, the developer and the BA (me), ...
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What to do with Business Analysts in a Scrum environment?

In a company, they have decided to adopt scrum about a year ago, and they still have BAs (Business Analysts), who are separated from the Scrum teams. How it works is: The BA will get the specs for ...
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Does it make sense to require developers to write a "business value add" section in each issue?

Background In our company we demand that engineers write a brief one liner section in each ticket they work on (from jira/github/gitlab etc) that explains the "business requirement".. the logic of ...
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What is the difference between metric and KPI?

I know that KPI is a metric and metric is not necessarily a KPI, but I still don't understand the difference between these two. Let's take Periscope application as an example. What are possible KPI ...
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How to describe a system [closed]

I am new to this community and please go easy on me. I have been doing C# dev for like 10 years and recently I am considering a Business Analyst (BA) position. When I applied for the role, the ...
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Value Adding VS Non Value Adding - Technique to identify.

For this question how would I go about identifying the non value adding? In my opinion non value adding would be activities with a wait and huge delay = 2,3,5,6,9 and 10 On a side note, would any of ...
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Recreation of user stories for common functionality/screens between Releases?

To provide a background, we have created UI forms from Business Unit A for the end users to fill. Once completed/filled the UI form flows through the defined workflow, where different users in ...
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How to manage business and technical requirements?

According to Gojko Adzic book "Specification by example" we have to separate business and technical requirements. In our company we have tech req's in Given/When/Then format. How about business ...
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First business analysis document for quote

My client requested me to send them a quote for man/day pricing. Their needs and flows are clear. What I am planning to do is describing the modules and relations. Then I will put all these outputs ...
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How does a Business Analyst fit in with a Product Manager?

We have employed two Business analysts and I'm not sure how they relate to my role as a PM. Does anyone know how their role should relate to me as the manager of the project as a whole?
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BA: What to do if business problems don't seem to exist

My own background: I'm a BA novice and my company knows even less about it. Person A is in middle management and had a project idea. I was given the task to analyze the subject and recommend how to ...
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How to deal with unclear requirements?

We're a company manufacturing moulds and other tools that our customers then use in their machines. I was given a set of requirements for building a web application, which someone thinks that our ...
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What level of analysis should the development team expect before being asked to estimate and develop a story?

Here is an example of s story that recently made its way into a timebox. As an Ecommerce Executive, I want to make improvements to the Request a Callback form which will make it easier to segment the ...
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How calculate profit margin of a IT project?

I want to calculate: How much money I have for each dollar invested in each product of my portfolio. For example, each 1 dollar I invest in one product, I have 1,25 dollar. It can be the ROI, or ...
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How can Joint Application Development improve a workshop?

I go to workshop after workshop with the same one dimensional approach - too many people, everyone looking at the screen while someone is capturing requirements/assumptions etc, dry, boring, not ...
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What is an appropriate quality standard for requirements specifications?

In my role as a Business Analyst working for a offshore company (7 developers, 4 QA, 1 PM, 1 Architect) but being onsite, I go through the Business Requirement Document's, Epics and Stories briefed by ...
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What are the definitions and distinctions between Project x Program x Portfolio x Product Managers?

What are the definitions, distinctions and relationship between the following roles? Project lead Project Coordinator Project Manager Program Manager Portfolio Manager Product Manager (optional) ...
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Should project management and business analysis be seperate roles and teams?

We are doing a review or several teams and in certain cases the PM and BA roles are combined into one and in other cases they are seperated out into completely independent teams. I am looking at this ...
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How to keep a requirements gathering discussion focused on business needs and not technical details?

I'm certain that acquiring the business requirements from the clients and providing the work items for the developer teams are always a headache for experienced business analysts as well. A few days ...
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What are the techniques to elicit requirements from customers who don't understand their needs?

Question: How do you prevent a situation where you have to produce work-product work first and get client feedback before getting on the right track to meet their needs? Are there any techniques to ...
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Non-Systems/Non-IT BRD

Are BRD and FRD documents required for non-systems/non-IT projects? We are involved in services migration project moving managed website hosting services from a fully-managed external vendor to in-...
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What is the best way to discover, prioritize, and iteratively deploy business intelligence solutions?

BACKGROUND: Have a client that has terabytes of transactional data and they would like to begin leveraging the data they have, but beyond the knowledge it's possible, and the belief that an analytic ...
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How can I get our BAs to provide business requirements, and stop confusing them with implementation

Our BAs (Business Analysts) have an annoying habit of providing us with system requirements, rather than business requirements. Often times, they don't even know what the business requirement is. It ...
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