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image Agile business analysis is the practice of business analysis in an agile context with an agile mindset. Agile business analysis can provide a competitive advantage in fast-paced and complex environments and has moved beyond software development initiatives to any business domain.

Agile Analysis Terms

Acceptance criteria: Criteria associated with requirements, products, or the delivery cycle that must be met in order to achieve stakeholder acceptance
Acceptance test driven development: Occurs when team members with different perspectives (customer, development, testing) collaborate to identify acceptance criteria and subsequent tests in advance of implementing the corresponding functionality. These acceptance tests represent the user's point of view and act as a form of requirements to describe how the system will function, as well as serve as a way of verifying that the system functions as intended. In some cases the team automates the acceptance tests.
Agile manifesto: A statement of the values that underpin Agile Software Development. It was drafted from February 11th through 13th, 2001.
Backlog: An ordered list of options that represent changes to a solution. Various frameworks use backlogs to represent the changes for a given scope.
Business value: In management, business value is an informal term that includes all forms of value that determine the health and well-being of the firm in the long run. In agile development, an output delivers business value when it increases or protects revenue or reduces or avoids costs for an organization.
Definition of done: A technique where the team agrees on, and prominently displays, a list of criteria which must be met before a backlog item is considered done.
Definition of ready: A technique where the team agrees on, and prominently displays, a list of criteria which must be met before a backlog item is considered ready for the team to start delivery work.
Delivery team: A cross-functional team of skilled individuals who bring a variety of expertise to bear on the process of building a software product.
Feature: A distinguishing characteristic of a solution that implements a cohesive set of requirements and which delivers value for a set of stakeholders.
Time-box: An agreed upon period of time in which an activity is conducted or a defined deliverable is intended to be produced.
User story: A small, concise statement of functionality or quality needed to deliver value to a specific stakeholder.

Business Analysis Tools

Business model canvas describes how an enterprise creates, delivers, and captures value for and from its customers.
Business rules analysis is used to identify, express, validate, refine, and organize the rules that shape day-to-day business behaviour and guide operational business decision making.
Data flow diagrams show where data comes from, which activities process the data, and if the output results are stored or utilized by another activity or external entity.
Data model describes the entities, classes or data objects relevant to a domain, the attributes that are used to describe them, and the relationships among them to provide a common set of semantics for analysis and implementation.
Decision analysis formally assesses a problem and possible decisions in order to determine the value of alternate outcomes under conditions of uncertainty.
Document analysis is used to elicit business analysis information, including contextual understanding and requirements, by examining available materials that describe either the business environment or existing organizational assets.
Interface analysis is used to identify where, what, why, when, how, and for whom information is exchanged between solution components or across solution boundaries.
Process analysis assesses a process for its efficiency and effectiveness, as well as its ability to identify opportunities for change.
Process modelling is a standardized graphical model used to show how work is carried out and is a foundation for process analysis.
SWOT analysis is a simple yet effective tool used to evaluate an organization's strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats to both internal and external conditions.
Workshops bring stakeholders together in order to collaborate on achieving a predefined goal.




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