There are many techniques that Business Analyst’s employ to do their job. With different techniques being available for different purposes in different situations. The goal of this section of the wiki is to eventually provide:
- A fairly comprehensive list of techniques of use to Business Analysts
- A brief description for each of those techniques (the more info the better, but starting small)
- Tips for when, how, and why to use each technique
- Links to other resources on the web (blog posts, articles, papers, etc) where you can find out more about the technique
The amount of content for different entries may vary significantly, depending on whether users add to the wiki entry for that technique, and whether it is a commonly used technique.
What do I mean by “Technique”?
For purposes of this wiki, I am defining a “Technique” as a specific action or set of actions that is used by a Business Analyst to help deal with issues of scope, elicitation, documentation, analysis, and verification.
I want to try and separate Techniques from Skills which I see as more general capabilities or knowledge sets of the Business Analyst. As an example, I would say that facilitation is a Skill, while Brainstorming or running Joint Application Development (JAD) sessions are specific Techniques that supplement the Skill. Because Skills are more generic to BA’s in general, I have them in the Career section of the wiki.
Technique Categories and List
Each technique has it’s own page, but I have attempted to group them below by usage. Any technique that is not a link below is a placeholder for a future page.
General Analysis Techniques
Data Analysis Techniques
Data Flow Diagrams
Decision and Rules Techniques
Surveys and Questionnaires
Use Case Diagrams
Enterprise Analysis Techniques
Force Field Analysis
Value Stream Mapping
Features and Functional Analysis Techniques
Category Assignment Prioritization
Cumulative Voting Prioritization
Hierarchical Cumulative Voting Prioritization
Hierarchical MoSCoW Prioritization
Kano Model Prioritization
Problem Solving and Ideation Techniques
Process Analysis Techniques
Business Process Modeling
Project Analysis and Scoping Techniques
Root Cause Analysis
Stakeholder Management Techniques
Responsibility Matrices: RACI, RASCI, and More
Stakeholder Communications Matrix
Stakeholder Onion Diagram
Stakeholder Radar Diagram
Stakeholder Role Matrix
Stakeholder Salience Diagram