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Modern Analyst e-Journal: April 2013

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Featured articles showcased in this issue:
Technical Writing Guidelines for Documenting Business Requirements
Connect the Dots with Requirements Traceability
Democratizing BPM With Visio and Office 365

> Using the Brainstorming Technique in Business Analysis

Webinars: 6 Common Traps, 7 Critical Factors, Requirements Repositories, and more....

Also in this issue:
> More Business Analyst Humor
> Even more Resources for Business Analysts
> New Interview Questions

Technical Writing Guidelines for Documenting Business Requirements
by Mark Monteleone, CBAP, PMP, CSM
The purpose of this article is to assist business analysts in writing business requirements. This article provides six guidelines on technical writing. The six I cite here are the major ones I consider when writing a business requirements document (BRD). There are, of course, other technical writing guidelines; for comprehensive texts, see Further Reading.

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Connect the Dots with Requirements Traceability
by Karl Wiegers, Principal Consultant at Process Impact
Simple requirements changes often have far-reaching impacts, necessitating that many parts of the product be modified. It’s hard to find all the system components that might be affected by a requirement modification. Assessing the impact of a proposed change is easier if you have a road map that shows where each requirement or business rule was implemented in the software.

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Democratizing BPM With Visio and Office 365
by Krishna Mamidipaka, Sr. Product Manager, Microsoft
Business process management (BPM) is evolving rapidly in the face of ongoing advancements in technology, an increasingly multigenerational workforce, and an evolving and complex regulatory landscape. Underpinning every BPM initiative is a focus on creating and sharing professional process diagrams.


Using the Brainstorming Technique in Business Analysis
by Morgan Masters, Business Analyst
Multiple stages of a project can benefit from brainstorming, from identifying your stakeholders, to eliciting requirements, to enterprise analysis. In UML for the IT Business Analyst, Howard Podeswa describes brainstorming as useful “during the Initiation phase and whenever the project is ‘stuck’”.


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