Category Archives: Business Analysis

This section contains articles, templates and links relating to the business analyst profession.

Value Stream Maps

Stopwatch Development? Learning to see is a bit more difficult than it may appear. If Ohno’s trainees found it hard to “see” manufacturing improvements, what’s a software manager to do? Looking over the shoulders of your development team, will only … Continue reading

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The Analysis Disease

Commuting through LA traffic I had a chance to hear tons of recorded books, including The Wealth of Nations from Adam Smith — a couple of times. Though I’m no economist, it did set the record straight in my mind … Continue reading

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Why all this stuff?

… Because it may come in handy Here are some documents and templates I use for my analysis work when the client or company I’m working for doesn’t have requirements and use case management tools like Rational RequisitePro or Enterprise … Continue reading

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Tools

Suggestions from the Trenches Besides a good laptop or tablet PC, here’s a list of stuff I use with most of my gigs. I’ll keep adding ideas, so check-in occasionally. 1. Dictaphone – I use this when interviewing stakeholder or … Continue reading

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Templates

A Quick Word of Advice It could be that you’re working for a startup that doesn’t use Microsoft Project or any organizational software. Suppose that same company wants you to submit reports on the tasks you’ve been assigned. Now let’s … Continue reading

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Data Dictionary

Oh Yeah, Data – Poor it on! What’s a company without lots of little bits of information that need to be managed? Like the Class Diagram and Sequence Diagram, the Data Dictionary is invaluable when the system is handed-off to … Continue reading

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Sequence Diagram

“Yes Dear, we should communicate more” Communication is what the Sequence Diagram is all about. This document maps-out how each class or object communicates with other classes in the Use Case or code package. When planning or development gets this … Continue reading

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Class Diagram

Now for the Technical Fun! Depending on your technical skill level, you may or may not be asked to create Class Diagrams. Since I enjoy programming, I also enjoy creating Class Diagrams. However, I find that most programmers or architects … Continue reading

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The Use Case

He Said – She Said … If creating black-box test scripts is the most tedious job (which it is), then creating Use Cases is the most fun. As a matter of fact, if you pay attention and create a good … Continue reading

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Project Definition

What’s up with the Project Definition? The Project Definition is often your first deliverable. What goes into this document should be discussed with the client at the earliest opportunity possible. At the end of my second article, I’ve included a … Continue reading

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Workflow Diagram

And Let the Diagramming Begin! Like any diagramming process, there are various flavors of this document, but any work flow must cover six essential aspects per process: 1. When does the process begin? (If preceded by a specified process, indicate … Continue reading

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