Documentation (BRD/SRS)

Posts about documenting requirements and different document types

How Do You Approach an Analytics Project?

Business Analytics projects – where do you begin? In a previous post, Joy mentioned using decisions to prioritize requirements for business analytics projects. Beginning your project by identifying these decisions, uncovering business problems and mapping both to business objectives and the product concept will allow you to build out documentation. …

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Requirements Deliverables: Target Your Audience

At Seilevel, we consistently tout the invaluable benefit of using models in your requirements process.  In many cases, models are more than enough to communicate the intended functionality to all stakeholders.  This is especially true if you have been using models in your process for some time and stakeholders know …

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HealthCare.gov and the Case of the Missing Interface Requirements

Interface requirements have taken centre-stage with the launch of the federal government’s online marketplace for insurance: Healthcare.gov. As eager enrollees rushed to access the new website, they saw first-hand what happens when a system developed by more than 50 different contractors lacks detailed definition of the data passing between systems. …

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Making Requirement Artifacts Consumable

One of the things that I’ve noticed that some business analysts have a tendency to do is to try and get as much information onto one page as possible. I can understand that desire, wanting to keep all relevant information together.  For example, when creating a process flow, there is …

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Collaborate on documents during your meetings

A nice trick that business analysts can use now that collaboration technology like Google Docs exists is to allow meeting participants to simultaneously collaborate on documents during the meeting itself.  Simply have everyone in your meeting open up the document on their own computer, and then everyone can edit the …

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The Top 50 Things a Business Analyst Can Delegate

It isn’t news that most business analysts don’t have enough time. Especially senior resources, who are loaded up with work because they are the only ones in the organization who can do some of the more valuable tasks. The only way to clear time for those tasks is delegate their other work …

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Using visual models every step of the way

Often, business analysts see visual models as a discrete part of the requirements process.  At some point they’ll create the visual models, and then they will file them away in a section of the requirements document that will never be looked at again.  Sometimes, they are completed after the requirements …

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