Prepare for Elicitation - Business Analyst

Purpose

Ensure all needed resources are organized and scheduled for conducting the elicitation activities.

Description

Build a detailed schedule for a particular elicitation activity, defining the specific activities and the planned dates.

Input

Business Need: Required to ensure that the business analyst understands what information should be elicited from the stakeholders. This input is used when eliciting business requirements (with the exception of the business need itself).

Solution Scope and Business Case: Required to ensure that the business analyst understands what information should be elicited from the stakeholders. These inputs are used when eliciting stakeholder, solution, and transition requirements.

Stakeholder List, Roles, and Responsibilities: Used to identify the stakeholders who should participate in elicitation activities.

Elements

  • Clarify the specific scope for the selected elicitation technique and gathers any necessary supporting materials.
  • Schedule all resources (people, facilities, equipment).
  • Notify appropriate parties of the plan.

For event - based elicitation (brainstorming, focus group, interview, observation, prototyping, requirements workshop) ground rules must be established. Agreement is reached with the stakeholders as to the form and frequency of feedback during the elicitation process as well as the mechanism for verifying and signing off on the elicited results.

Techniques

Additional information on the performance of this task can be found in the description of the relevant techniques.

  • Brainstorming
  • Document Analysis
  • Focus Groups
  • Interface Analysis
  • Interviews
  • Observation
  • Prototyping
  • Requirements Workshops
  • Survey / Questionnaire

Stakeholders

All Stakeholders: Depending on the requirements of the elicitation activity, any stakeholder may be a participant.

Project Manager: The project manager will assist in ensuring that the needed resources are available.

Output

Scheduled Resources: This includes the participants, the location in which the elicitation activity will occur, and any other resources that may be required.

Supporting Materials: Any materials required to help explain the techniques used or perform them.

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