What is a Functional Spec in Software Development?

The Functional Specification Document (FSD) or functional specifications or software requirements specifications (SRS) is a much-misunderstood document amongst Business Analysts (BAs). Often the task of delivering the Functional Spec falls into the project tasks of...

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Business Analysis Certification Singapore

Whether you are starting out or have years of experience working as a Business Analyst (BA), or a significant part of your current role or desired future role requires business analysis, it is highly recommended that you take professional training that leads to...

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BCS International Diploma in Business Analysis

What is the BCS Diploma in Business Analysis? Download the diploma details in PDF - BCS Diploma in Business Analysis Learning Path  The BCS International Diploma in Business Analysis is a leading, internationally recognised, certification that demonstrates that an...

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TTD versus BDD

We have come across a number of clients interested in understanding more about TDD (Test Driven Development) and BDD (Behaviour Driven Development). What benefits do these related approaches bring to project delivery? Who should carry them out? What competencies are...

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What’s my title on an Agile team?

If, like me, your first roles in change delivery projects were in traditionally organised and regimented organisations, you will be a little lost in the non-ranked and confusingly job titled world of Agile Teams. Traditionally, we are used to the terms Project...

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Organisational Agile Readiness

I've noticed an increased interest for Agile learning from larger more established sources. This is good news for us and we are happy to train all who come our way. However, I am always curious to know the business drivers for this interest in Agile. Has disruption...

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The Importance of Understanding Stakeholder Views

Sometimes the BA will need to take various and at times conflicting views into consideration. Checkland’s Soft System Methodology (SSM) teaches us to look beyond the traditional ‘hard’ view in process and system development. It takes into account that there will be...

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The Role of the Business Analyst

The Business Analyst is a key agent of organisational change. The role is of increasing importance to organisations. Organisational Agility, the ability to adapt to changing circumstances, has become a major competitive force. Organisations have recognised the...

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Organising Requirements

Requirements begin life in raw form. They start as an unstructured bunch of desires, features, hunches and estimated needs. Some may be well known, however usually, they are ill thought out, undetailed, conflicting, poorly aligned to needs and poorly articulated. It...

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What is a requirements traceability Matrix?

A Requirements Traceability Matrix (RTM), also called Requirements Catalog, is a central tracking mechanism for those tasked with writing and managing requirements to track the evolution and attributes of approved project requirements. The RTM links requirements...

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Why is Data Modelling a key skill for business analysts?

Data is the building block of all business management systems. In essence, a business system is managed by extracting, organising and understanding the data that represents the important components of the business domain. Each functional component can be broken down...

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