8 Requirements Elicitation Tips You Should Know

8 Requirements Elicitation Tips You Should Know

Business analysts often have to deal with the volatile nature of requirements, scope creep and the difficulties inherent in ensuring that stakeholder groups have a common understanding of requirements. Requirements elicitation at its core is difficult to accomplish, due to the nature of requirements. This post is a compilation of 8 tips you can apply to improve the outcome of your requirements elicitation effort. Guest Post By Melisa Marzett.

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Lean Principles & Business Process Improvement

Lean Principles & Business Process Improvement

Peter F. Drucker once stated:

There is nothing so useless as doing efficiently that which should not be done at all.

If you understand lean principles and are able to examine the business from the customer’s perspective, you start to understand what adds value, what doesn’t add value and can discuss along these lines with stakeholders on how improvements can be made.

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3 Quick Tips for Requirements Sign-off

3 Quick Tips for Requirements Sign-off

When sign-offs are sought without political undertones but with the right intentions, there are certainly benefits to be had. The sign-off process should be approached as an opportunity for discovery, which allows stakeholders to ask questions and get clarification on their areas of concern. Here are 3 quick tips to keep in mind for requirements sign-off.

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7 Practical Ways To Persuade Stakeholders

7 Practical Ways To Persuade Stakeholders

Personally I am very fond of strawberries and cream, but I have found that for some strange reason, fish prefer worms. So when I went fishing, I didn’t think about what I wanted. I thought about what the fish wanted. I didn't bait the hook with strawberries and cream. Rather, I dangled a worm or grasshopper in front of the fish and said: "Wouldn't you like to have that?" Why not use the same approach when fishing for people? ― Dale CarnegieHow to Win Friends & Influence People. Guest Post By Nicola Joseph.

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Effective Requirements Review Sessions: Before, During & After

Effective Requirements Review Sessions: Before, During & After

Requirements Review Sessions or Structured Walkthroughs are designed to communicate, check and confirm requirements with stakeholders. During these sessions, participants are expected to ask and respond to questions, proffer suggestions and provide comments on the solution that is about to be implemented. To maximize the limited time you have with stakeholders, follow these key steps to ensure you get it right the first time.

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Managing Analysis Paralysis

Managing Analysis Paralysis

Analysis Paralysis is based on the premise that by delaying decisions or committing to a particular direction, there's more time to gather new information, conduct analysis and present recommendations to the business. This premise only holds true for a while. At some point, the law of diminishing returns sets in – the extra information collected and the extra time devoted to analysis no longer add significant value to the project.

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