Quality the third dimension in the business analysis compass


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Quality the third dimension in the business analysis compass

  1. 1. Quality: the 3rd Dimension in theBusiness Analysis CompassCopyrights (c) 2010-2013 Pragmatic CohesionConsulting1
  2. 2. The Business Analysis CompassTM• The Business Analysis Compass is a descriptive framework (ormodel) that presents the main processes performed duringBusiness Analysis• In its first instantiation, the Business Analysis Compass is atwo dimensional model that depicts:– 4 main Processes applied to Business Requirements:• Managing (North)• Documenting (and Communicating) (South)• Gathering ( East)• Analyzing(West)– 4 Sub-processes derived from the intersection of the 4 MainProcesses:• Managing Requirements Gathering( North-East)• Documenting Requirements Gathering( South-East)• Managing Requirements Analysis(North-West)• Documenting Requirements Analysis(South-West).Copyrights (c) 2010-2013 Pragmatic CohesionConsulting2
  3. 3. Copyrights (c) 2010-2013 PragmaticCohesion Consulting3MCopyrights(c)2011PragmaticCohesionConsulting3ManagingDocumentingGatheringAnalyzingManageAnalysisManageGatheringDocumentAnalysisDocumentGatheringMore Structured Less StructuredLessDynamicMoreDynamicBUSINESS ANALYSIS COMPASS TMNSEWNESESWNW
  4. 4. Quality in Business Analysis• Quality in Business Analysis is captured by variousattributes of Business Requirements such as:completeness, clarity, compliance (see BusinessRequirements Gathering - An Overview by Anne MarieSmith Ph.D. for examples of those quality characteristics)• No matter what quality characteristic of BusinessRequirement you consider they all respond totwo fundamental questions:– Did we do the Right Things?– Did we do Things Right?Copyrights (c) 2010-2013 Pragmatic CohesionConsulting4
  5. 5. The 3rd Dimension• “Did we do the Right Things” is often refer to asValidation• “Did we do Things Right”, is similar to Verification• We have augmented The Business AnalysisCompass with a third dimension: the Validation-Verification Axis.• The Validation and Verification processes areeach applied to the Business RequirementsGathering and Analysis processes.• These processes are not the same as SystemVerification and ValidationCopyrights (c) 2010-2013 Pragmatic CohesionConsulting5
  6. 6. The 3rd Dimension and Gathering• When you Validate Requirements-Gathering you wantto ensure that you are looking at all the right types ofinformation. It is a process that assesses the relevanceor pertinence of your information sources and howencompassing they are.• When you Verify Requirements-Gathering you want toensure that you have properly gathered all theinformation you chose to gather. It is a process thatassesses how well you have used the technics,methods and tools that you selected to performRequirements Gathering.Copyrights (c) 2010-2013 Pragmatic CohesionConsulting6
  7. 7. The 3rd Dimension and Analysis• When you Validate Requirements-Analysis you wantto ensure that you have analyzed all the informationcollected during Requirements Gathering. It is aprocess that assesses the traceability of GatheredInformation to all outputs of Requirements Analysis.• When you Verify Requirements-Analysis you want toensure that you have properly created all outputs ofRequirements Analysis. It is a process that assesseshow well you have used the technics, methods andtools that you selected to perform RequirementsAnalysis.Copyrights (c) 2010-2013 Pragmatic CohesionConsulting7
  8. 8. Copyrights (c) 2010-2013 PragmaticCohesion Consulting8NSW EManagingDocumentingGatheringAnalyzingValidatingverifyingVerifyingAnalysisVerifyingGatheringValidatingAnalysisValidatingGatheringThe 3rd Dimension of the BUSINESS ANALYSIS COMPASS TMCopyrights(c)2011PragmaticCohesionConsulting
  9. 9. Copyrights (c) 2010-2013 PragmaticCohesion Consulting9MCopyrights(c)2011PragmaticCohesionConsultingValidatingverifyingGatheringAnalyzingValidatingAnalysisValidatingGatheringVerifyingAnalysisVerifyingGatheringEWThe 3rd Dimension of the BUSINESS ANALYSIS COMPASS TM
  10. 10. Copyrights (c) 2010-2013 Pragmatic CohesionConsulting10Contact Didier at Pragmatic Cohesion Consulting for your BusinessAnalysis Needs and take advantage of our unique EffectiveApproach to Managing Enterprise Stakeholders Collaborationusing Industry’s Best Practiceshttp://pragmaticohesion.com/