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Re: Tools used by a Business Analyst
« Reply #15 on: March 25, 2018, 10:19:01 PM »
. Microsoft Visio is mainly used for creating the UML diagrams such as the state diagrams, activity diagrams, etc.
2. Axure can be used for prototyping - give navitgation
3. Balsamiq is mainly used for creating the wireframes.- looks like
4. For documenting these models one can use Microsoft Excel.
5. Google docs can be used to collaborate the documents and models.
6. Microsoft powerpoint can be used for creating various slides as per the requirements.

Mark - these tools also depend on  company to company


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SDLC methodologies and models
« Reply #16 on: April 03, 2018, 12:21:12 PM »
Here we discuss on the topics of Software development life cycle(SDLC)
Sequential               Waterfall
Iterative                  Rational unified process
Evolutionary            Spiral
Agile                       Scrum

SEQUENTIAL-WATERFALL:- Waterfall model is Very simple and easy to understand and use it is also referred as a linear sequential life cycle. It is suitable for shot term projects maximum of 1 year projects. In waterfall model until one phase of the project is entirely complete we can not start another one. once a single phase is fully complete they examine is the part is correct or need any other changes if no changes needed then we can process further.

ITERATIVE-RATIONAL UNIFIED PROCESS:-It is mainly focused on the main building blocks or content elements, describing what is to be produced , the necessary skills required to achieve a specific goals.
In iterative methodologies we use 6 ENGINEERING DISCIPLINES(Business modelling, requirements,analysis and design,implementation,test,deployment)AND 3 SUPPORTING DISCIPLINES (Configuration&change request, project management, and deployment)which are having there impact on the Different phased of project life cycle as INCEPTION, ELABORATION, CONSTRUCTION AND TRANSITIONS
EVOLUTIONARY-SPIRAL:-In evolutionary Methodologies we first prepare a prototyping of the project and then start working on it and it is one of the costly method for preparing project because it takes a lot of paper work as well.It suits for the scientific project much more.They design prototype and then come to implement part of the project.It is more preferred for long duration projects.

AGILE-SCRUM:-Agile is one of the Modern Method of the methodologies used in nowadays.In Scrum we prepare a syntax according to clients requirements and the collections of all the EPIC we continue a Backlog.By using syntax like AS A_,I WANT_,SO THAT_. and GIVEN_,WHEN_,THEN_. we create user stories where collection of all user stories wee prepare PRODUCT BACKLOG, out of them we take some selected user stories and prepare SPRINT BACKLOG, then out of them we pick selected user stories and prepare RELEASE BACKLOG.

this are the main SDLC we come to know and every company have the method according to there project.


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Re: Tools used by a Business Analyst
« Reply #17 on: April 07, 2018, 01:26:41 PM »
Rather than list tools, which vary with companies and sometimes teams, let me list the tool categories that are typically used by BAs:

Documentation: MS Word. Knowing how to use Word is not an end in itself but a means to various ends; what really matters is to put Word to effective use for the unique, specific purposes of your project.
Presentation: MS Powerpoint. Similar rules as above.
Data Analysis: MS Excel, SQL querying.
Modeling, Flowcharts: MS Visio, eDraw.
Wireframing, Mockups: Pencil, Balsamiq, MS Visio.
Communication, Collaboration: A good understanding of how to “effectively” use email, chat, phone, audio and video conferencing, web meeting, shared network/cloud storage systems, SVN.

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Re: Tools used by a Business Analyst
« Reply #18 on: April 24, 2018, 05:37:13 PM »
Following tools are used by a Business Analyst:
Documentation Tools:
1.   Ms-Office
2.   Think free
3.   Adobe Buzzword
4.   Zoho writer

UML Drawing Tools:
1.   Ms-Visio
2.   Rational Rose
3.   Smart Draw
4.   Magic Draw
5.   Concept Draw
6.   Visual Paradigm
7.   Enterprise Architect
8.   Argo UML
9.   Star UML
10.   Case Complete

Prototyping Tools:
1.   Justinmind Prototyper
2.   Wireframe sketcher
3.   Axure
4.   Iplotz
5.   Pidigo
6.   Pencil
7.   Microsoft expression Blend
8.   iRise

Business Modeling Tools:
1.   eBPMN
2.   AgilePro

Software Development Process Model:
1.   RUP (Rational Unified Process)

Brainstorming Tools
1.   Evernote – A note taking, brainstorming and web clipping tool
Free Mind – Free mind is free mind mapping software written in java

Meeting Minutes:
1.   Meeting Sense

Other Tools:
1.   Rational Requisite Pro
2.   Analyst Pro

Note:  Some Tools written for awareness.


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Re: Tools used by a Business Analyst
« Reply #19 on: April 29, 2018, 04:44:08 PM »
The Tools used by Business Analyst are as follows:

1. For Documentation:
    MS Word
2. For Presentation:
    MS Power Point
3. For Data Analysis:
    MS Excel, SQL Querying
4. For Modelling and Flowcharts:
    MS Visio, edraw
5. For Wire framing and mockups:
    Pencil, Balsamiq, MS Visio


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Re: Tools used by a Business Analyst
« Reply #20 on: May 29, 2018, 01:07:56 PM »
Below are some of the tools used by a Business Analyst:
1. MS Visio for UML diagrams
2. Balsamiq for wireframes
3. Axure for Prototype
4. MS Word/Excel for writing FRD, User Stories, etc.


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Re: Tools used by a Business Analyst
« Reply #21 on: June 03, 2018, 07:39:41 PM »
The tools used by a BA are mentioned below:

1.   Documentation Tools: MS office, Adobe buzzword, Zoyo writer, iRise
2.   UML tools: Rational Rose, MS visio, StarUML,ArgoUML, SmartDraw,MagicDraw
3.   Meeting Minutes: Meeting sense
4.   Brainstorming tools: Ever note, FreeMind
5.   Prototyping and Wire framing Tools: Axure, Pencil,Pidoco, Thinkfree, Justinmind Prototyper, Wireframe sketcher.
6.    Data base Tools: Oracle 10g, MS SQLServer.
7.   Change Management Tools: Rational clear Quest, Preforce, Affiniti.
8.   Business Process Modeling tools: eBPMN, Oracle BPA, AgilPr,iServer.
9.   SDLC: Pivotal tracker-Agile, MS Project plan.
10.   Testing Tools: Test manager, Test anywhere, HP Quality Center, BugZilla.


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Re: Tools used by a Business Analyst
« Reply #22 on: July 15, 2018, 11:27:39 PM »
GANTT Chart:

Gantt chart is a kind of bar chart that used for development of project schedule.

Gantt charts are used for planning and scheduling in projects.

Gantt charts are used is most of the projects
Example: Software development, construction, Planning of a architecture.

If the project is small and simple in nature, we can create our own Gantt chart in Excel.

Using Gantt chart is easy, but it would become complex when the project is involved in hundreds of activities.

Gannt chart is considered as the most important project management tool used for showing the phases, tasks, milestones and resources needed as part of a project.

A programming language and a software environment for statistical computing and graphics

R language is an open source (anybody can access) tool and user-friendly tool.

R is object-oriented language

There are many GUI available can sit on R and enhance its user friendliness.

Microsoft Visio:

The application mainly designed for communication purpose

Visio can also be used for Capturing and presenting ideas to stake holders.

We can use Visio for designing flow charts, creating data models

Visio is used for preparing UML diagrams use case and activity diagrams.

Through Visio we can prepare Software& Database, Network, Business diagrams

Microsoft word:
Requirements specification documents can be prepared using Microsoft word.

There are many templates included in the Microsoft word that can be used for documenting requirements and also we can create our own templates.

Microsoft word provided various features to use for example the application allows us to set various fonts, apply themes

Microsoft word allows to embed external objects like Excel work sheets

Microsoft Excel:

Data analysis is effectively supported through Microsoft Excel.

We can create pivot tables to examine the trends in data, sort and filter data

Excel is made to support to create tables, charts or graphs

Excel supports many mathematical functions that would help in most parts and types of analysis.

Microsoft Power Point:

M Power point is used for capturing, designing and represented as presentation with the help of slides

Power point supports text, graphics and multimedia to support a presentation.
Microsoft PowerPoint support various features that can be used/included for developing beautiful and professional presentations.

Google Docs:

Google Docs is used for sharing non- confidential information

Google Docs allows to chat and collaborate with stake holders involved in the project.

and many more applications to mention like Axure, Balsmiq etc.,


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Re: Tools used by a Business Analyst
« Reply #23 on: September 26, 2018, 03:50:29 PM »
The main tools used by Bussiness analyst are:
1)MS Visio for UMl diagrams
2)Axure for prototyping
3)Balsmiq for wireframing
4)Microsoft excel
5)Microsoft word
6)Microsoft powerpoint


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Re: Tools used by a Business Analyst
« Reply #24 on: October 03, 2018, 02:25:26 PM »
There are many tools available that can be used by a Business Analyst, but the main and most frequently used are:
1) JIRA                     :This tool is used for project management.
2) M.S Visio              : This tool is used to draw Flow Charts ad UML diagrams- Use Case Diagrams and Activity Diagrams.
3) Balsamiq              : It is a tool that is static, used for mock-ups and presentation in documentation.
4) Axure                   :It is a tool that is dynamic, used to show the look and feel of a working model in a presentation as a prototype.
5) Power BI              : It is a business analytics service reporting tool.
6) Tableau                : It is a reporting tool.
7) SSRS                   : It is a reporting tool.
8 ) SQL                    : SQL is a domain-specific language used in programming and designed for managing data held in a RDBMS.
9)MS Word               : It is used for documentation purposes.
10) MS Powerpoint    : It is a tool that is used for presentation.


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Re: Tools used by a Business Analyst
« Reply #25 on: October 16, 2018, 11:01:51 PM »
generally tools used by the business analyst are:-
Axure - it is the tool used for making the design or the way how any website or an application should work like a flow chart.
Balsamiq- it is also used for making the design or the way how any website or an application should work like a flow chart.
MS visio-  it is used for making the UML diagram and Activity diagram.
Edraw max- it is generally used in mac book for making UML diagram and Activity diagram.


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Re: Tools used by a Business Analyst
« Reply #26 on: October 25, 2018, 10:18:50 AM »
The tools that are used by Business Analyst in the projects are
1) UML drawing tools- MS Visio
2) document tool- Microsoft office.
3)business modeling tool- oracle BPA suites.
4)Wire framing or Prototype - Axure & Balsamiq
5)Requirements Management- Rational Requisite Programming
6)Collaboration- Google docs
7)Presentation-Microsoft power point
8)software development- RUP.
9)change management- rational clear quest.
11)sdlc- microsoft project plan.
12)reporting tool-
13.configaration tool-
14. testing tool- WIN RUNNER
15.analysis tool- GOOGLE ANALYTICS
16.enterprise architecture- TOGAF


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Re: Tools used by a Business Analyst
« Reply #27 on: December 14, 2018, 01:17:50 PM »
1. Documentation tools
    a. MS Office
    b. Think free
    c. Adobe buzzword
    d. Zoho writer
2. UML drawing tools
  a. MS visio
  b. Rational rose
  c, Star UML
3. Prototyping tools
  a. Axure
  b. Pencil
  c. iRise


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Re: Tools used by a Business Analyst
« Reply #28 on: April 06, 2020, 09:56:28 AM »
Below are the tools which are used as a BA
•   Use Case Diagrams (User Perspective)
•   Class
•   Component
•   Package
•   Deployment

•   Activity Diagrams (System Perspective)
•   Sequence Diagrams
•   State Chart
•   Collaboration

•   Axure (Navigate through pages)
•   Balsamiq (Cannot Navigate)


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Re: Tools used by a Business Analyst
« Reply #29 on: May 11, 2020, 10:55:30 AM »
Business Analysts Use Tools Like
Microsoft Office Suite
Google Docs
Rational Requisite Pro
SWOT analysis
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