Are Developers Qualified to Gather Business Requirements?

 
 

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I here this every day. If you don’t have recent experience as a developer you are not qualified to gather the detailed business requirements.

How can I prove that I can do this without an opportunity to show my work?

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Business analysts come from a variety of backgrounds. Some have a vast knowledge of intricate software coding and developing. Others have more of an overall understanding of how software and an IT departments function.

what’s the difference between a systems analyst and a business analyst?

 
 
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Can you inform me what’s the difference between a systems analyst and a business analyst? Thank You.

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If you are visiting a foreign country, where you do not know the language, would you prefer to visit with an interpreter (after gaining an overall knowledge of what the country is like and learning a few key foreign phrases), or would you prefer to take the time to immerse yourself in the culture and language of the country before setting foot on its soil?

i want to learn how to gather requirements for an enterprise system?

 
 
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Write Better Requirements

I am trying to gain enough technical awareness to assist in the gathering of requirements for an enterprise information system.

How to gather requirements for an enterprise system

One of the steps a business analyst uses in offering sound solutions to a business problem is the requirements phase.

This process is much like mining for gold in knowing how to determine what requirements are truly valuable and important, like real gold, and knowing what to throw back, as fools gold.

This phase consists of eliciting (gathering) the requirements, analyzing the requirements and documenting the requirements.

how to handle conflicting requirements

 
 

Hi BABCT,

Currently I’m running into the trouble that the customer is not available:( He is so fully occupied with the internal stuffs. And I have tons of unclear requirements waiting to be confirmed with him.

It seems there is no way to get him.

Also, the system is pretty large, so we divide into 2 groups and develop in parallel.

Hence there might be some functions that overlap each other.

Whenever the 2 parts get merged, a lot of conflicts and duplicates need to be cleared, which is really really a big headache.

I want to move in the direction of functional business analyst

 
 

Hi, I have 5+ years OF experience in development as a senior software engineer over Microsoft technology.

I want to leave development as I am not interested in doing that anymore.

I want to move in the direction of functional business analyst or project manager. Please suggest to me what other area are suitable.

I have a good background experience in technology and I am pursuing a PMP certification too.

Thanks

For someone with a background in technology, there are many choices for continuing your career in an area of specialized professionalism.

How to Write Good Business Requirements

How to Write Good Business Requirements
 
 

Write Better Requirements

Nearly "two-thirds of all IT projects fail" because of poor requirements.

This is one of the reasons why stakeholders, customers and interested parties argue over or fail to come to a consensus on the requirements or scope of a project.

In one project, requirements were being constantly rewritten, tossed out or reincorporated depending on who was in charge of the meeting.

In addition, time and budget overruns plagued the project because the parties could not agree on what each requirement really meant.

Finally, the implementation staff started resigning or asking to be transferred to other projects.

What Is Systems Analysis?

 
 

I am a junior Systems Analyst. I want to know more about systems requirement analysis.

What are the most common questions one should ask during system requirement analysis with a client?

Since I am relatively new to this field, I have no clue about it. Can any one help me?

If you can send across any tips, questions or even links that might be useful for me, it will help me.

How To Become A Systems Analyst

It is highly important that solutions provided by a business meet the goals of its stakeholders with complete accuracy, if that business or company wants to stay ahead of competition.

The Roles or Duties of a Business Analyst

 
 

Here is a question on the roles or duties of a business analyst.

Question:

I want to become a business analyst. My working experience includes Web site editing or developing and User Acceptance Testing (UAT).

I am also pursuing an MBA but I don’t know what I should do to become a business analyst?

Can you guide me ?

Answer:
With the IT industry experiencing growth by leaps and bounds, the role of a business analyst has become a buzzword in many business organizations.

The Power of Requirements Analysis Part One

 
 

What is a Requirement?

Software is everywhere in our lives today. From your online banking system to your microwave oven, software applications play a vital role in everyday life. Why do we rely so heavily on software applications? The reason is that they achieve a goal or solve a problem for us. In other words, they have properties that fill a need for the user.

A Requirement is the description of the properties of a product that satisfy the consumer’s need.

Put a different way: A Requirement is a condition or capability needed by a stakeholder to solve a problem or achieve an objective (IIBA, 2008)