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Business Analysis For Dummies

Kupe Kupersmith, Paul Mulvey, Kate McGoey

ISBN: 978-1-118-51058-2 July 2013 384 Pages


Your go-to guide on business analysis

Business analysis refers to the set of tasks and activities that help companies determine their objectives for meeting certain opportunities or addressing challenges and then help them define solutions to meet those objectives. Those engaged in business analysis are charged with identifying the activities that enable the company to define the business problem or opportunity, define what the solutions looks like, and define how it should behave in the end. As a BA, you lay out the plans for the process ahead. 

Business Analysis For Dummies is the go to reference on how to make the complex topic of business analysis easy to understand. Whether you are new or have experience with business analysis, this book gives you the tools, techniques, tips and tricks to set your project’s expectations and on the path to success.

  • Offers guidance on how to make an impact in your organization by performing business analysis
  • Shows you the tools and techniques to be an effective business analysis professional
  • Provides a number of examples on how to perform business analysis regardless of your role 

If you're interested in learning about the tools and techniques used by successful business analysis professionals, Business Analysis For Dummies has you covered.

Introduction 1

Part I: Getting Started with Business Analysis  5

Chapter 1: Business Analysis in a Nutshell 7

Chapter 2: Breaking Down the Different Levels of Business Analysis 19

Chapter 3: Identifying and Working with Stakeholders 31

Part II: The BA Toolkit: Tools, Terms, and Techniques  51

Chapter 4: Talking about Tools of the Trade 53

Chapter 5: Understanding What Requirements Truly Entail 73

Chapter 6: Hunting for the Right Information, Part 1: The Process 97

Chapter 7: Hunting for the Right Information, Part 2: The Techniques 113

Chapter 8: Uncovering and Analyzing Needs 139

Part III: Selling the Plan and Keeping It on Track  161

Chapter 9: Making the (Business) Case 163

Chapter 10: Creating and Maintaining Scope 185

Chapter 11: Creating Your Work Plan 209

Part IV: Achieving Goals with Business Analysis  235

Chapter 12: Defi ning Solutions, Part 1: Taking a Closer Look at Your Requirements 237

Chapter 13: Defi ning Solutions, Part 2: Choosing the Right Analysis Technique 251

Chapter 14: Verifying and Validating Solutions 283

Chapter 15: Transition: Moving from Planning to Implementing 307

Part V: The Part of Tens  319

Chapter 16: Ten Ways to Keep Your Business Analysis Skills Sharp 321

Chapter 17: Ten Ways to Prepare Yourself for a New Project 329

Chapter 18: Ten Experts Chime In 337

Index 347