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This page will always be updating in line with new industry techniques, as well as our own. But for now, please enjoy some very useful BA techniques.

Value Streams (29:12) - Value stream models represent the flow of a product or service delivered to a customer. It specifies the value proposition derived by an external (e.g., customer) or internal stakeholder from an organization.

User Stories, Acceptance Criteria, and Personas (27:09) - How Personas, User Stories, and acceptance Criteria help BAs in the elicitation and presentation of requirements.

Customer Journey Mapping (26:40) - Customer Journey maps help you visualize how customers experience your product or service, and how they feel along the way.

Lean Coffee (29:32) - Lean Coffee is a structured, but agenda-less meeting. Participants agree on the agenda by building it collaboratively at the start and begin talking. It is a democratic way of moving a meeting towards an agreed approach.

Traceability (14:44) - Drawing the links between strategy and business needs to functional development and task delivery. For Agile, Waterfall, and Hybrid Approaches.

Prototyping (8:07) - An early sample, or release of a product built to test a concept or process - to aid in investment decision making.

Backlog Refinement (20:52) - Enabling the Product Owner and key members of the rest of the team to review items on the backlog to ensure the backlog contains value added items, that are prioritized, and the highest priority items are ready for ready for delivery.

Value Streams - Lean 6 Sigma (22:40) - Value Streams represent the flow of a product or service to a customer. Lean Six Sigma focuses on the optimisation of that flow.

Kano Analysis (22:13) - Kano Modelling is an analysis tool used to explore and measure customer needs. It presents the basic needs of customers, as well as performance and excitement requirements.

Impact Mapping (25:38) - Impact mapping assists in product development and preventing teams in going off course, by clearly communicating assumptions, helping teams align their activities with the overall business objective/s. This aids in better roadmap decisions.

Planning Workshops (16:19) - Planning Workshops are used by teams to determine and agree upon what value can be delivered over a set period of time.

Relative Estimation (11:51) - The process of estimating items, not by units of time or size separately, but rather by comparing how they are similar to each other in terms of complexity.

Business Model Canvas (31:08) - A Business Model Canvas is a template for developing new or documenting existing business models focusing on the key internal and external elements of this business.

Value Modelling (29:39) - Value Modelling focuses a solutions development on value delivery by tracing decisions of solution delivery to the value perspective of the stakeholder/customer.

Context Diagrams (18:35) - Establishes the systems, people, data and boundaries in focus for the business/initiative, and what is the relationship of these components with external entities. Great for scoping and building a high-level understanding.

Evidenced Based Decisions Making (21:43) - Basing decisions on fact, vs feel can be the difference between value and cost.

Event Storming (23:00) - A workshop-based method used to quickly identify what is happening in the domain of a software program.

Visual Analytics (22:58) - Applying visual techniques to present data, to aid in the message being presented.

Writing Useful Risk Statements (19:16) - Learn what is a Rick and Issue and how to capture these for effective management.

Linking Data and Process (11:49) - Processes rely on data to enable the delivery of products and services. Take a look at how process and data complement each other.

Product Road Mapping (11:55) - A high-level and visual summary of a products development pathway mapping out the vision and direction of the product offering over time. This can show a few features or milestones in the development pathway.

MVP (4:00) - A brief look into what the Minimum Viable Product concept is, and how it is important to product development.

Behavioural Driven Development User Stories (BDD) (22:06) - A look into writing user stories and supporting these with BDD style acceptance criteria.

BDD Part 2 (16:10) - Behavioural Driven Development - a deeper look into the benefits and application of the acceptance criteria writing style.

Class Diagrams and Sequence Diagrams (22:06) - A look into writing user stories and supporting these with BDD style acceptance criteria.

User Stories, Acceptance Criteria, and Personas (27:09) - How Personas, User Stories, and acceptance Criteria help BAs in the elicitation and presentation of requirements.

Using Processes with Agility (23:12) - A look at the various process modelling techniques and hw these can be linked to arrive at a detailed level of information quickly.

Market Analysis (7:19) - Market Analysis is the quantitative and qualitative assessment of a market looking at its size (volume and in value), the various customer segments and buying patterns, the competition, and the economic environment (including barriers to entry and regulators/regulations).

Benchmarking (8:03) - Comparing business processes and performance metrics to best practices from other companies (with the industry, or different industries).

Storyboarding (11:38) - Comparing business processes and performance metrics to best practices from other companies (with the industry, or different industries).

Lessons Learned (13:19) - Learning from what has been done, both done well and done poorly is key to continuous improvement. Take a closer look into this important step in project delivery.

Purpose Alignment Model (9:54) - Purpose Alignment Model is used to assess ideas in the context of customer and business value.

SWOT Analysis (27:07) - Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and threats - apply these to your various business and solution options to present the best way forward.

Data Modelling (10:55) - Data modeling is a technique used to define and analyse data needed to support business processes within the scope of an orgasnisation's product or service delivery.

Focus Groups (15:53) - A Focus Group uses a sample size (either cross setion of a large group, or members of the same group) of people and whose reactions are studied about a new product to determine the reactions that can be expected from a larger population.

 

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