The Business Analysis wiki supports the following objectives.
- Increase the awareness of business analysis and its value to projects - technical and non-technical
- Provide access to business analysis resources for interested people
- Promote growth in the expertise of business analysts
- Encourage good practices and effective processes in conducting business analysis
If you have ideas or contributions for this wiki, please contact Joe Goss.
What is Business Analysis?
The International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA), the standards organization for the practice of business analysis describes business analysis as "the practice of enabling change in an organizational context, by defining needs and recommending solutions that deliver value to stakeholders. The set of tasks and techniques that are used to perform business analysis are defined in A Guide to the Business Analysis Body of Knowledge® (BABOK®Guide)". See http://www.iiba.org/IIBA/Professional_Development/What_is_Business_Analysis/IIBA_Website/Professional_Development/What_is_Business_Analysis/What_is_Business_Analysis.aspx
What is a Business Analyst?
The IIBA describes this role as...
"...not only (the) business analyst, but also business systems analyst, systems analyst, requirements engineer, process analyst, product manager, product owner, enterprise analyst, business architect, management consultant, business intelligence analyst, data scientist, and more. Many other jobs, such as management, project management, product management, software development, quality assurance and interaction design rely heavily on business analysis skills for success."
A business analyst works with stakeholders to understand the needs, structure, policies, and operations of an organization, and to recommend solutions that enable the organization to achieve its goals.
What is the Effect of the Business Analyst's Work?
"The Business Analyst is an agent of change. Business Analysis is a disciplined approach for introducing and managing change to organizations, whether they are for-profit businesses, governments, or non-profits."
"Business analysis is used to identify and articulate the need for change in how organizations work, and to facilitate that change. As business analysts, we identify and define the solutions that will maximize the value delivered by an organization to its stakeholders. Business analysts work across all levels of an organization and may be involved in everything from defining strategy, to creating the enterprise architecture, to taking a leadership role by defining the goals and requirements for programs and projects or supporting continuous improvement in its technology and processes."
"The value of business analysis is in realization of benefits, avoidance of cost, identification of new opportunities, understanding of required capabilities and modeling the organization."
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Complementary Resources and Initiatives
Administrative Process Redesign
APR was a project initiated in 2007 to improve complicated, cross-campus processes. Now firmly established as a unit reporting to the Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration, APR has helped apply process improvement methodologies at every level across campus. http://www.apr.wisc.edu/index.htm
APR has many tools and templates available here: http://www.apr.wisc.edu/toolkit.htm
Administrative Excellence - http://adminexcellence.wisc.edu/
- Data Center Aggregation
- Strategic Purchasing
- Strategic Purchasing
- Instructional Space - Inventory
- Instructional Space - Utilization
- E-Mail & Calendaring
- Enterprise IT Decision Making
- Office of Quality Improvement
The Office of Quality Improvement provides consultation and facilitation services for academic and administrative units throughout the University of Wisconsin-Madison. We help groups identify their aims and then suggest methods for achieving those aims.
We offer customized services in the areas of:
- Strategic planning
- Process improvement
- Project management
- Organizational design and redesign
- Access to student, human resource, payroll and benefits data
- Division of Continuing Studies
Consortium for Project Leadership http://continuingstudies.wisc.edu/uwcpl/
Project Management Certificate - http://continuingstudies.wisc.edu/classes/0099-14-PDAS.html
Center for Professional & Executive Development
Masters Certificate of Project Management http://bus.wisc.edu/cped/courses-for-individuals/certificates/project-management
Agile Modeling - Effective practices for modeling and documentation
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