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The Business Analyst’s Handbook by Howard Podeswa

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Chapter 5. Tips and Checklists

This chapter contains tips and checklists useful to the BA in carrying out his or her duties over the course of a project.

Checklist: Requirements Investigation Methods

  • Brainstorming sessions

  • Focus groups: All participants perform the same role

  • Cross-functional groups: All business functions involved in an end-to-end process

  • Job shadowing

  • One-on-one interviews

  • Research of existing artifacts

  • Prototyping

  • Wiki (A tool that can be used to allow stakeholders and team members to collaboratively contribute to the requirements)

  • Surveys

Tip: What to Do When Key Participants Can’t or Don’t Show

  • Substitute the participant: Ask if there are representatives available to act on behalf of those missing from the meeting.

  • Redefine the scope and ...

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