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Documents prepared by business analyst during SDLC are - 

1) BRD
2) FRD
3) SRS
4) RTM
5) Test cases   
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Business Analyst Concepts Discussion / Re: use case actors
« Last post by Jaishree Singh on June 20, 2017, 05:19:02 pm »
Primary Actor - Primary actors are the one who initiates or perform some action .

Secondary Actor - Secondary actors are the one who support system action .

Eg :   customer is making payment through online
 
          Here Customer is primary Actor and Bank will be the Secondary actor .
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Business Analyst Concepts Discussion / Tools used by Business Analyst
« Last post by Gajanan Sharnappa on June 13, 2017, 10:16:24 pm »
Business analysis tools are helpful in simplifying the more complex project scenarios and also allows better, user-friendly presentation of the business problems and processes.
Some of the commonly used tools are summarized below-
1. Axure- Axure RP 7 is a prototype tool. It provides the capability to produce wireframes, prototypes, and is a documentation tool.
2. Blueprint- Blueprint™ creates project blueprints ie: Development Models, Use Cases, Flowcharts, Test Scenarios and all Documentation
3. CASE- It provides effective requirements tracking, simple importing, exporting, and baselining, and a traceability matrix to easily show the impact of changing requirements on the system and process as a whole.
4. Caliber- Caliber is a complete requirements solution which facilitates stakeholder collaboration, rich visualization, robust management, and traceability of requirements to Agile delivery plans.
5. Enterprise Architect- Enterprise Architect provides full life cycle modeling for Business and IT systems, Software and Systems Engineering, and Real-time and embedded development. Enterprise Architect helps to trace high-level specifications to analysis, design, implementation, test and maintenance models using UML, SysML, BPMN and other open standards.
6. iRise- iRise is a collaborative platform used by business people, developers and end users to develop prototypes, capture requirements, and allow real-time collaboration and integration with Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) tools.
7. iServer- iServer is a collaborative modeling platform that extends and enhances Microsoft Office and Visio.
8. SmartDraw- Smartdraw is a graphic diagramming tool that includes stencils for ANSI flowcharts, organizational charts, swim lane diagrams and data flow diagrams.
9. Wrike- Wrike is a work management and collaboration platform used by high-performance agile and waterfall teams.
10. Jama- Jama is an easier to use, more agile alternative to document-centric methods for requirements management.
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Business Analyst Concepts Discussion / Re: Business Analysis???
« Last post by Gajanan Sharnappa on June 13, 2017, 08:55:43 pm »
Business analysis explores the desired recommendations to better or efficient delivery of project output.
It is a practice of identifying problem, studying that problem and come up with fruitful solution or acceptable solution from all stakeholders viewpoint.
Business analysis involves understanding the changing business needs, assessing those changes, documenting requirements and supporting delivery of those requirements.
Business analysis optimizes organizational performance and maintains competitive advantage.
A typical business analysis cycle consists of following areas-
1. Enterprise analysis
2. Requirements elicitation
3. Requirements analysis
4. Solution assessment and validation
5. Planning and monitoring
6. Requirements management and communication
7. Iterative improvements
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Elicitation techniques are used to get most of the information about requirements from stakeholders, subject matter experts (SME).
These are proactive in nature as against requirements gathering. Elicitation is a technique which span across all the stages of project lifecycle.
Some of the commonly used techniques are-
1. Brainstorming (Brainstorming works by focusing on a topic or problem, and then coming up with many radical solutions to it. This technique is best applied in a group as it draws on the experience and creativity of all members of the group)

2. Document analysis (Document analysis is a means to elicit requirements of an existing system by studying available documentation and identifying relevant information. Document analysis is used if the objective is to gather details of the "As Is" environment such as existing business rules)

3. Focus groups (A focus group is composed of pre-qualified individuals whose purpose is to discuss and comment on a topic. This is an opportunity for individuals to share their own perspectives and discuss them in a group setting.)

4. Interface analysis (Interface analysis helps to clarify the boundaries of the system. It distinguishes which system provides specific functionality along with the input and output data needs.)

5. Interview (An interview is a systematic approach to elicit information from a person or group of people in an informal or formal setting by talking to the person. In an interview, a business analyst formally or informally directs his/her questions to: a stakeholder / a subject-matter-expert / a potential user to obtain answers that finally take the shape of requirements)

6. Observation (Observation is a means to elicit requirements by conducting an assessment of the subject matter expert's work environment.)

7. Prototyping (aims to uncover and visualize interface requirements before the application is designed or developed)

8. Survey / Questionnaire (A survey is a means of eliciting information from many people, anonymously, in a relatively short time. A survey can collect information about customers, products, work practices and attitudes. A survey is often referred to as a questionnaire.)
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Business Analyst Concepts Discussion / Re: Basics of Gap Analysis
« Last post by Gajanan Sharnappa on June 12, 2017, 08:44:13 pm »
Gap analysis is used to verify whether business requirements are satisfied or not.
It analyses any loopholes in the process or need for necessary development.
Gap analysis shortlists the drawbacks or setbacks in achieving companies strategic goals and objectives.
It helps in achieving project deliverables within time frame. Also assists in formulating a desired action plan.
A gap analysis can help prioritize the business needs.
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Flowchart is an important tool in the sense that it effectively communicates different steps involved in a process in a sequential way or manner.
It can be used to understand the development and improvement process.
Flowcharts are also called as process flowchart or functional flowchart or business process mapping.
Flowcharts are useful in different fields such as in Academics ( e.g., to understand a scientific process), in Marketing (e.g., to draw strategic plan for sales), in Business (e.g., to develop a business plan), in Manufacturing (e.g., to illustrate manufacturing process or Standard Operating Procedure-SOP), in Engineering (e.g., to represent system flow)
 
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Documents useful to business analyst can be many things in many formats, from actual printed documents to printouts of screenshots to websites and blogs containing company and department information.
Documents like BRD,FRD,SRS,
In this documents they will use like REPORTS, LETTERS, AND BROCHURES
WEBSITES
SCREENLAYOUT'S etc....
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Business Analyst Concepts Discussion / Re: What is Importance of flow chart
« Last post by YeswanthPM on June 01, 2017, 01:23:58 pm »
a diagram that shows step-by-step progression through a procedure or system especially using connecting lines and a set of conventional symbols
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Business Analyst Concepts Discussion / Re: Business Analysis???
« Last post by YeswanthPM on June 01, 2017, 01:19:20 pm »
 >Identifying business needs.
 >Recommending relevant solutions.
 >Working with stakeholders to elicit requirements.
 >Analyzing, defining, documenting and managing requirements.
 >BAs help to shape the outcome of projects to ensure they deliver business benefits.
 >BA is thriving at PMI
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