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Praise for Business Analysis Best Practices for Success "The profession, growth, and acceptance of the business analyst are increasing in a way similar to the growth of project management in the early 1980s. A recent review of the emphasis on requirements and requirements management shows the business analyst is at the forefront of successful change in organizations and enterprises around the world. Today, companies are taking on more complex projects. Many of these types of projects are strategic in nature and necessary for the growth and even the survivability of the firm. While business decision–making can be accompanied by large rewards, there is also the opportunity for catastrophic failures if faulty business decisions are made. Most successful business process methodologies will include business analysis and project management. The need for business analysis support on process improvement and solution development is quite apparent.
This book by Steven Blais is a must–read for all professionals working on business and technical initiatives. Business analysts, project managers, and other stakeholders must understand each other′s role in order for a successful marriage of project management and business analysis to take place. Steven clearly defines this relationship in Chapter 6 of this new book. It is entirely possible that, in the future, business analysis certification will be required by anyone working on business processes. But for the present and the near future, project support from business analysts will be essential. This book is just the tool and resource needed to explain, clarify, and put the practical concepts of business analysis in the hands of project stakeholders, project managers, and business analysts."
Harold Kerzner, PhD, MS, and MBASenior Executive Director, IIL
"Since I first met Steven Blais, I felt he was one of the best living examples of a true business analyst and captured the spirit of the profession. Hence, I began reviewing this book with high expectations, and it did not disappoint. Steven excels at communicating concepts that have real meaning and utility, dealing with the real–world, practical challenges we face while doing business analysis, and gives us the tools and structures we need to do business analysis at its best."
Laura Brandenburg host, Bridging–the–Gap.com
"I am excited to see this project finally published. Steve′s understanding of business analysts, their roles and responsibilities, and the contribution they make to the development of solid business requirements is??unparalleled. Having good requirements is the cornerstone of any successful project. The book provides not only a thorough discourse on the topic; it can easily be used as a reference guide."
Mara D. Burns, PMP cofounder, PM Lessons Learned
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Specificații

ISBN-13: 9781118076002
ISBN-10: 1118076001
Pagini: 432
Ilustrații: Illustrations
Dimensiuni: 161 x 234 x 35 mm
Greutate: 0.64 kg
Ediția: New.
Editura: Wiley
Locul publicării: Hoboken, United States

Public țintă

Business analysts, project managers, managers, consultants

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Praise for Business Analysis Best Practices for Success "The profession, growth, and acceptance of the business analyst are increasing in a way similar to the growth of project management in the early 1980s. A recent review of the emphasis on requirements and requirements management shows the business analyst is at the forefront of successful change in organizations and enterprises around the world. Today, companies are taking on more complex projects. Many of these types of projects are strategic in nature and necessary for the growth and even the survivability of the firm. While business decision–making can be accompanied by large rewards, there is also the opportunity for catastrophic failures if faulty business decisions are made. Most successful business process methodologies will include business analysis and project management. The need for business analysis support on process improvement and solution development is quite apparent.
This book by Steven Blais is a must–read for all professionals working on business and technical initiatives. Business analysts, project managers, and other stakeholders must understand each other′s role in order for a successful marriage of project management and business analysis to take place. Steven clearly defines this relationship in Chapter 6 of this new book. It is entirely possible that, in the future, business analysis certification will be required by anyone working on business processes. But for the present and the near future, project support from business analysts will be essential. This book is just the tool and resource needed to explain, clarify, and put the practical concepts of business analysis in the hands of project stakeholders, project managers, and business analysts."
Harold Kerzner, PhD, MS, and MBASenior Executive Director, IIL
"Since I first met Steven Blais, I felt he was one of the best living examples of a true business analyst and captured the spirit of the profession. Hence, I began reviewing this book with high expectations, and it did not disappoint. Steven excels at communicating concepts that have real meaning and utility, dealing with the real–world, practical challenges we face while doing business analysis, and gives us the tools and structures we need to do business analysis at its best."
Laura Brandenburg host, Bridging–the–Gap.com
"I am excited to see this project finally published. Steve′s understanding of business analysts, their roles and responsibilities, and the contribution they make to the development of solid business requirements is??unparalleled. Having good requirements is the cornerstone of any successful project. The book provides not only a thorough discourse on the topic; it can easily be used as a reference guide."
Mara D. Burns, PMP cofounder, PM Lessons Learned

Cuprins

Preface xv Acknowledgments xxv
International Institute for Learning, Inc. (IIL) xxvii
PART I THE PROBLEM SOLVER 1
CHAPTER 1 What Is a Business Analyst? 3
CHAPTER 2 The Evolution of the Business Analyst 13
CHAPTER 3 A Sense of Where You Are 29
CHAPTER 4 What Makes a Good Business Analyst? 39
PART II THE PLAYERS 85
CHAPTER 6 The Business Analyst and the Solution Team 89
CHAPTER 7 The Business Analyst and the Business Community 109
PART III THE PROBLEM 131
CHAPTER 8 Define the Problem 135
CHAPTER 9 Define the Product Scope 163
CHAPTER 10 Confirm Alignment and Financial Justification 179
PART IV THE PROCESS 197
CHAPTER 11 Gather the Information 199
CHAPTER 12 Define the Problem Domain 251
CHAPTER 13 Determine the Solution 267
CHAPTER 14 Write the Solution Document 285
PART V PRODUCING THE PRODUCT 309
CHAPTER 15 Monitor the Product 313
CHAPTER 16 Confirm the Business Problem Has Been Solved 325
CHAPTER 17 Transition and Change Management 337
POSTSCRIPT Where to Go from Here 351
APPENDIX A Business Analyst Process 361
APPENDIX B The Principles 365
APPENDIX C Why We Do Not Get Good Requirements 373
APPENDIX D Comparison of the Roles of Business Analyst, Systems Analyst, and Project Manager 379
APPENDIX E Context–Free Problem Definition Questions 383
APPENDIX F List of Nonfunctional Requirements Categories 385
Bibliography 387
About the Author 395
Index 397

Notă biografică

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.