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The Business Analyst’s Handbook by Howard Podeswa

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Chapter 1. Overview of BA Activities Throughout the Life Cycle

The purpose of this chapter is to provide an overview of the entire life cycle of a project with a focus on the involvement of the business analyst (BA). The chapter includes a step-by-step guide for the BA over the course of an IT project and the Spectrum Diagram, which places the software development life cycle in the context of the end-to-end initiative—including phases that lead up to and follow the IT project.

The BA guide, referred to as the Noble Path, is a based on a job aid that my company, Noble Inc., has been using internally and distributing to our clients. The Noble Path is not a methodology, but rather a summary of all of the steps, questions, etc., that a BA needs to ...

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