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New Post 3/31/2010 4:34 AM
User is offline chetan_s2
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BA work flow 

Hi all,

  Can any body please elaborate the BA workflow.  For example 1st step is requiremnt gathering....then what???  when  are the use cases, activity diagrams, sequence diagrams.. prepared etc....  i want the specifc flow.

 

 
New Post 4/6/2010 9:51 AM
User is offline Shoe
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Re: BA work flow 

 I have something for you but to be honest it depends on how you want to do things and what the situation is in the order you can do things

 

I am on LinkedIn (here is the link to my profile) if you send me a message I can send a flow chart that we use in our Requirements Management Plan 

 

 

 
New Post 4/6/2010 3:08 PM
User is offline Anthony Chen
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Re: BA work flow 

 chetan_s2 wrote

Hi all,

  Can any body please elaborate the BA workflow.  For example 1st step is requiremnt gathering....then what???  when  are the use cases, activity diagrams, sequence diagrams.. prepared etc....  i want the specifc flow.

 

 

The answer is more involved than what I can communicate here. But here are a couple of links and a brief attempt. 

Here is a blog post that I think addresses where to start with modeling

http://requirements.seilevel.com/blog/2006/03/people-systems-and-data-analysis.html

This has some whitepapers with processes, they are a bit high level.

http://www.seilevel.com/resources/whitepapers.php

 

When we start on a project, the first thing we try to understand what are the measurable business objectives. In concrete terms how will the project help to drive revenue or reduce costs. What are the high level features that the executives have conceptualized that feed into those. So I would say first is

1) Identify single business owner - who is the one person with the vision and the budget who can break all ties

2) Identify business case - at the level of 10-20 features identify how the business will save or make more money.

3) Identify the users and create an org chart to make sure you dont miss any

4) Identify the systems in the eco system - system context diagram

5) Identify the business data and diagram the relationships between the data (business data diagram - looks like an entity relationship diagram but is for the business)

6) start creating process flows, create L1 and L2 process flows by talking to users

7) begin generating requirements based on the functions and business rules and organize those requirements according to the steps in your process flow

8) create data flow diagrams based on information flowing through the system

9) create data dictionaries which identify all the data

10) etc etc

There is a lot more, but these are the basics to get you started

 
New Post 6/7/2010 8:43 PM
User is offline Alex - Aotea Studios
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Re: BA work flow 

We've published two free posters at aoteastudios.com which I think you'll find useful. One of them is a summary of the BA framework that shows pretty much all the steps involved in business analysis. The second poster ties business analysis activities to project stages, and also shows how project management related documents feed into the documents produced by BAs.

 
New Post 7/9/2010 1:02 PM
User is offline Goldie
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Re: BA work flow 

It depends on what you're doing.

Are you working on strategy, decomposition, target-state mapping, people analysis, innovation etc etc etc? Context and situation require differing approaches.

You can't really define a fixed BA workflow.

Sure, there are general approaches.

But the best way is to have a contextual understanding of the business ecosystem and the best practices within each domain.

 
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