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Most companies do not provide business analysts with tools specifically designed to do business analysis work. Most business analyst are left to manage requirements with via Microsoft Word, Excel, and Powerpoint. Unfortunately, these tools do not address some of the most basic needs of business analysis deliverables...
While SharePoint is not a tool designed specifically for business analysis or requirements, its rich set of out-of-the-box features, can be used it to take your business analysis deliverables up a few levels in quality and effectiveness.
Lists - Allow you create S.M.A.R.T. Requirements that can be manipulated, analyzed, and organized to suit all of your stakeholder needs
Lookups - Create easy requirements traceability views that allow to ensure that your requirements are valid
Views - Allow you to create stakeholder specific views to ensure the right people see exactly what they need to see, how they need to see it.
This course is intended to teach you how to use Sharepoint to author, manage, and communicate your requirements more efficiently and more effectively
Note: This tutorial uses SharePoint 2010, however the features used are available in older and newer versions of Sharepoint. The buttons just might be in different places.
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|Section 1: Before We Get Started|
In order to do your job well, you need to understand what you job is. This is a quick summary discussion about what you job actually is as a business analyst.
Tools for business analysis don't make any difference if you don't understand what it means to write good requirements. This discussion digs a little deeper into writing quality requirements.
|Section 2: Getting Into Sharepoint|
There is always more than one way to structure you requirements. This lecture briefly discusses how we will be structuring our requirements for this course.
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This lecture focuses on creating lists to form your top level of requirements, business requirements
This lecture digs a little deeper into using lists traceability
A real life sample of requirements that were authored and maintained in SharePoint.
This extra video is intended to show you how you can use different view to make a Kanban board to manage agile stories or work items.
I have spent the last 4 years as a business analyst tackling a wide range of projects from large scale initiatives like corporate intranets and full company integrations to smaller projects like single purpose applications and process optimizations.
During that time I became a certified business analyst and worked closely with my business analyst team to revamp and re-energize the entire business analysis process at my company.
I spend a lot of my time focused on how I can make myself and my peers better as business analysts by building ourselves and enhancing our processes. I read about it, talk about it, blog about it, and have been featured in the International Institue of Business Analyst newsletter about it. (IIBA July 2014 Newsletter "The Simplest Way to Understand All of Your Business Analysis Deliverables.")
In addition to being a business analyst, I like to play soccer and dance in my free time (check me out on Youtube too!)