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"Can you really fix most of these common requirements issues by using an 'Active' approach to Business Analysis?"

According to PMI , 47% of projects that missed the mark are there because of requirements management. Are you seeing any of these signs of r...

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

"Can you really fix most of these common requirements issues by using an 'Active' approach to Business Analysis?"

According to PMI, 47% of projects that missed the mark are there because of requirements management. Are you seeing any of these signs of requirements trouble in your organization?
  • Confusion around scope and direction…
  • Unstable, not measurable, conflicting requirements…
  • Lack of project alignment with business needs…
  • Getting stalled looking for perfection and end up missing the mark…
  • Trying to anticipate business needs instead of getting the facts…
If you are - your Business Analysts are most likely taking what we call the 'passive approach' and simply 'downloading' requirements - asking stakeholders what would they like to build. 

This may sound clear and logical, but results in missing requirements, late and over budget projects, poor alignment with core business goals and a lot of stress.

We help organizations use an active approach - to get a lot more (if not all) requirements upfront.

Many times this brings almost immediate results. 

For example, directly as a result of using these processes, an Alberta Government agency saved over $2 million in their content migration costs, is on track to complete the project 10.7 times faster and are now enjoying 20 times better use of senior resources.

We only spent a week on this project and were able to discover that the focus of their software solution should be on improving mapping, not the migration part of the process.

“Excel method is a real drain on your senior IM people, whereas the new Migration Tool provides much higher leverage of senior time.” says Stephen Madsen, Program Manager at Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development

These proven processes are based on decades of user research and result in less scope creep, less blame, better focus and much better project success rate. Apple, Google and other 'design' leaders have been using these processes for years now, and enjoying wild success as a result. 

It is now your turn to install these Active BA processes and reap the benefits in your organization. Reach out to Dmitri to discuss your situation or browse these posts for practical tips, tools and processes

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