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Intermediate
Updated
Jul 27, 2016
Duration
2h 12m
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Business analysis is increasingly vital to today's business environment. By identifying problems and opportunities, discovering and recommending solutions, and fostering a comprehensive understanding of stakeholder requirements, business analysts can help organizations choose and structure projects and initiatives more effectively. In this course, Monitoring Requirements & Evaluating Business Analysis Solutions, you'll learn how to ensure requirements and objectives remain aligned, and how to evaluate your progress business needs. First, you'll learn about tracing requirements, developing the valuable context needed to fully understand requirements. Then, you'll learn how to establish baselines and techniques for monitoring requirements, to ensure that the project team's work will be effective. Next, you'll learn about change management, and how to secure the value of your project in an ever-changing environment. Finally, you'll learn about evaluating completed project work, ensuring needs are met not just today, but well into the future. When you're finished with this course, you'll have the skills and knowledge necessary to cross the finish line in your business analysis work successfully.

About the author
About the author

Casey has experience leading projects in many fields, including healthcare, digital media, mobile app development, consumer product design, education, and event management. He's constantly in pursuit of new challenges and loves to share what he learns along the way with others.

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Section Introduction Transcripts
Section Introduction Transcripts

Course Overview
Hi, everyone. My name is Casey Ayers and welcome to my course, Monitoring Requirements & Evaluating Business Analysis Solutions. I'm the author of Pluralsight's PMP series of prep courses and it's now my pleasure to explore the world of business analysis with you. Business analysis is increasingly vital to today's business environment. By identifying problems and opportunities, discovering and recommending solutions, and fostering a comprehensive understanding of stakeholder requirements, business analysts can help organizations choose and structure projects and initiatives more effectively. This course is the last in a five-course series on business analysis. Some of the major topics that we'll cover include tracing requirements and developing the valuable context needed to fully understand them, managing changes to requirements as objects change and external factors remain in flux, and evaluating completed work, ensuring needs are met not just today, but well into the future. When you're finished with this course, you'll have the skill and knowledge necessary to cross the finish line in your business analysis work successfully. Before beginning this course, you should have an interest in business analysis and at least a bit of exposure to project management or business analysis within your organization. This course and others in the series can help you not only learn more about business analysis, but also prepare for business analysis certifications like the CBAP or the PMI-PBA, or earn continuing education credit towards certifications like the PMP. I hope you'll join me on this journey to learn more about business analysis with this course on monitoring requirements and evaluating business analysis solutions at Pluralsight.

Baselining & Monitoring Requirements
Welcome back. Now that we've got a firm handle on traceability, it's time to move on to baselining and discussing some of the importance of ensuring that we have a proper point of comparison for our requirements so we can know if we're doing an adequate job at meeting our requirements and fulfilling business objectives and needs. First we'll look at requirement baselines. Then we'll move on to maintaining the backlog and effective use of traceability matrices. Let's get started.

Change Management
Welcome back. Now that we've discussed traceability and baselining in more detail, it's time to move on to change management. First, we're going to look at the requirements life cycle and how they evolve over time from first inception all the way until delivery of the final product. Then we're going to look at change management in business analysis and how we should look at handling changes. After that, impact analysis comes next, followed by resolving change requests. Let's get started.

Evaluating Solutions
Now that we've looked in more detail at traceability, baselining, and change management, last by not least, it's time to talk about evaluation. When evaluating our solutions, we have to ask ourselves three key questions. Have the requirements that we've laid out and helped to develop been met? More importantly, have our underlying needs been met, and how effective is the solution that we've developed? When evaluating solutions, we're going to look at both quantitative and qualitative elements as well as those that are functional and nonfunctional in nature. Thorough evaluation of our solution is going to lead eventually to project approval, the launch of the product that we've built, proceeding with additional phases, or at minimum, identifying issues that need to be addressed before we can move on to one of those other three phases. In this module, we're going to take a look at how to approach evaluation successfully, followed by how to plan for evaluation, select evaluation targets, and evaluate results and acceptance criteria. After that we'll look at releasing project work, often resulting in a product launch. Then we'll look at long-term evaluation, how we can test and manage how well our solution is doing once it's been deployed, how we'll know when it is in need of any improvements or revisions, and perhaps even when it should be replaced down the road. Let's get started.