BA Series - From Document Analysis to Requirements Gathering
Let us take the Smart Planner app as an example.
Document Analysis. The first step in business analysis is document analysis. In this step, the business analyst reviews existing documentation related to the app, such as business plans, project proposals, requirements documents, or user manuals. This can help the BA gain a deeper understanding of the app's goals, processes, and workflows.
Stakeholder Identification. Next, the business analyst identifies the key stakeholders who will be involved in the project. This can include business owners, managers, users, and other team members who will be impacted by the app.
Stakeholder Interviews. The BA conducts interviews with the identified stakeholders to get their perspectives on the app's current state, challenges, and desired future state. This can help the BA understand the stakeholders’ needs, pain points, and requirements.
Requirements Gathering. Based on the insights gathered from stakeholder interviews, the BA works with stakeholders to identify and prioritize the requirements for the app. This can involve techniques such as brainstorming, surveys, and focus groups.
Gap Analysis. The BA compares the current state of the app to the desired future state, identifying any gaps that need to be addressed. This can help the BA develop a roadmap for achieving the app's goals.
Process Modeling. The BA creates models of the current and future processes that the app will use. This can help the BA identify areas for improvement and ensure that the new processes align with the app's overall strategy.
Risk Analysis. The BA identifies potential risks and develops strategies for mitigating those risks. This can involve techniques such as risk assessments and risk management plans.
Solution Evaluation. The BA evaluates potential solutions for the project, considering factors such as feasibility, cost, and impact on stakeholders. This can help the BA recommend the best solution for the app.
Requirements Documentation. The BA documents the requirements for the project, ensuring that they are clear, complete, and consistent. This documentation can serve as a reference for the development team throughout the project.