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BAM! . Business Analysis Methodologies. Change-driven or Plan-driven?. Approaches include Waterfall development Agile techniques Lean/Six Sigma methods Standard / formal organizational methodologies. Plan BA Approach. Waterfall , Business Process Re-engineering

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Business Analysis Methodologies

plan ba approach

Approaches include

Waterfall development

Agile techniques

Lean/Six Sigma methods

Standard / formal organizational methodologies

Plan BA Approach

plan driven approach

Waterfall, Business Process Re-engineering

Requirements defined in advance Minimize uncertainty

Solution defined before implementation to minimize risk and maximize control

High risk of failure

Formal sign-off events throughout project

Project sponsor and advisors – approval authority for Solution requirements

Timing of BA Activities: most at beginning

Plan –Driven Approach

plan driven formality detail


Requirements docs

Change Management - necessary, justified

Communications formal

  • Formal Change Request Forms and procedures

All documentation archived

BA actively engaged in evaluating effects of changes on agreed solution

Plan-Driven Formality&Detail

change driven approach

Agile methods,

Process Improvement

Rapid delivery


Solution exploratory, prototyping iterations

Formal sign-off events

Project owner ultimate approval authority

BA Activities:

High level requirements first(envisioning, user story)

High priority requirements first (backlog maintained)

Change-Driven Approach

change driven approach formality detail


Requirements definition interaction, feedback

Formal documentation after implementation

Change Management informal

all requirements not identified up front

Project Lifecycle has many iterations

address prioritized requirements


Stakeholders Communications frequent

Informal communication over official docs

Documentation finalized after the Solution

Change –Driven ApproachFormality&Detail

ba approach

Project Complexity

Organizational Requirements

BA Work

Planning Process


Stakeholder Communication

Change Management

Deliverables: Formality, Detail

Requirements: Prioritization, Analysis, Management Tools

BA Approach

elements of the ba plan

BA Approach

Stakeholder Analysis

BA Activities


Requirements Management

BA Performance Management

Elements of the BA Plan

plan ba approach techniques

Decision Analysis

Used to rate available methodologies against the organizational need

Process Modeling

May be used to define and document the business analysis approach

Structured Walkthrough

Used to validate a proposed approach with stakeholders

Plan BA ApproachTechniques

structured walkthrough


Author: request walkthrough

Presenter: present agenda, product

Moderator: facilitate walkthrough

Reviewers: evaluate product

Scribe: record

Structured Walkthrough

your projects

Last year

Last 5 years

Last 10 years

Plan-driven or change-driven

What worked well?

What could be better?

Your Projects

pros cons



Pros &Cons

When to employ?Documentation RequiredAssociated RiskValue Delivery



BA Approaches


Heather Rhodes

Business Analyst

Computing & Communications

Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador