Business Analysis

General discussion of the business analyst role, key skills and tricks of the trade.

Benjamin L. Kovitz on Requirements

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“Without requirements, there is no way to validate a program design; that is, no way to logically connect the program to the customer’s desires.” 

— Benjamin L. Kovitz

If human communication and human memory were perfect, we may not need deliberation and documentation of requirements. Alas, neither is close to true. It is the iterative exercise of modeling requirements, and then documenting them that enables shared understanding to be affirmed, and then shared with those who use requirements to guide design, construction and quality assurance. Requirements are the link between concept and product, and an important standard for measuring solution success. 

Business Analysts and Grammar Police

Poor grammar and spelling that cause a requirements model to be inaccurate, or difficult to understand and use, are serious because they negatively affect the documentation’s ability to serve its purpose. An otherwise solid, easy to understand document with some errors in grammar and spelling, is not as serious. In either case, poor grammar and spelling should be included in the offending analyst’s professional development plan, and improvement should be encouraged and expected.