Accessorizing Your BA Toolbelt

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BAPDD2013

Accessorizing Your BA Toolbelt

Greg
Swearingen
,
PSPO1

Senior
Business
Analyst/Consultant, QuickSolutions


Carole Schwarz

IT
Process
Management/Requirements Capability, Nationwide Insurance


Reshma Pathare
, CBAP, CSM, PMP, CSQA

Business Consultant, Nationwide Insurance


Faye Thompson
, JD, PSMI

Senior Agile Consultant, CareWorks Tech


Facilitator
:


Carol C. Fleming
,
CBAP

VP
of Technology


IIBA Columbus
Chapter

Senior
Business
Analyst, Smart IT

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Accessorizing Your BA Toolbelt

Purpose of session is to present and discuss
tools used to assist with business analysis
activities:


Greg


Wireframing
with PowerPoint and
Balsamiq


Carole


IBM
Rational Requirements
Composer (
RRC
) and Rational Team Concert
(
RTC
)


Reshma


Trello


Faye


JIRA
and SharePoint


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Overview

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A
quick

sketch



A
visual

representation
of the written
requirements


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All you need with
PowerPoint


A collection of icons

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For this wireframe


PowerPoint text boxes


Balsamiq icons


Andreas Wulf’s free
Windows 8 icons


Christian Naths’ free
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Paint.Net free graphics
tool

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Considerations


High Fidelity vs. Low Fidelity

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High Fidelity

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Low Fidelity

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Wireframing


Considerations


High Fidelity vs. Low Fidelity


Your Team


ROI

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Wireframing

PowerStory

adds to PowerPoint


Use case story boarding

Balsmiq


Dynamic icons

PowerPoint



Easy to use

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Rational Requirements
Composer Overview

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The Question:
How do we improve requirements quality?

Rational Requirements Composer

-
Nationwide Insurance Implementation

Requirements Management

Traceability

Impact Analysis

Scope Management

Dependencies

Build to Run Transition

Requirements Development

Elicitation Techniques

Elaboration

Validation Techniques

Prioritization

Reuse from Run to Plan/Build


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Rational Requirements Composer

Benefits:
Improved Requirements traceability

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Rational Requirements Composer

Benefits:
Enables a Business
and

Application/Asset view of
requirements

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Rational Requirements Composer

Benefits:
Reuse

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Rational Requirements Composer

Benefits:
Consistency across Business Units and Enterprise

Bonus:
Analysts can move across business units without major on boarding

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Rational Requirements Composer


• RRC/RTC is tightly integrated

Benefits:
Connects business requirements to agile design
requirements

Bonus:

RTC is tightly integrated, and part of the Rational ALM solution

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Summary of Capabilities


Traceability backwards and forwards


out
-
of
-
the box links or create your own


Business Process Diagrams



link from Activity/Step to Use Case or Story


Wireframes



any type of image file


Storyboarding


Progressive UI development


Reviews/Approval process


Suspicious Links notification



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Application Release Management


Iterations, Plans, Builds, Releases


Burnup

and
Burndown
, Velocity


Captures the work associated with
requirements, development and test


Supports Agile
-
based practices as well as
Waterfall and Iterative


New Integrations allows for Continuous
Release & support for
DevOps

Rational Team Concert

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Trello

Overview

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Trello
-

Board


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Trello
-

Adding a Card

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Trello
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Adding details to a card

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Trello
-

Managing the Board

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Trello


Pros and Cons

Pros:


Free! Free !! Free!!!


Open to members and non
-
members


Private or Public Boards (limited to a group of members or
anyone)


Natural user interface with Kanban
-
like ‘look
-
and
-
feel’


Ease of use, visibility and tracking, collaborative (i.e. Keyboard
shortcuts, color
-
coded lists, assign multiple users to cards)


Available on iPhone / Android / Windows


Developer API


Secure SSL/HTTPS connection


Google Drive / Dropbox/Local pc


Add
-
on features like Calendar view of cards , convert Email into
card


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Trello


Pros and Cons

Cons:


Cards/tasks cannot be assigned to multiple
Boards / Projects


Limited email integration


Limited number of labels


No tagging capability


Difficult to move/copy etc. multiple cards


No due dates per tasks, only per card


Checklist are not easily visible inside cards

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Trello


Business A/C


$25 per month

or
$200 per year

per organization


Google Apps integration (email / drive / calendar /
docs / sheets / slides)
.


Administrative controls
Choose email domains,
restrict board visibility, organization admins to
manage organization boards


Bulk data export


Observers
-


board members that can view the board,
vote, and comment, but are not able to edit, move, or
create cards


Better member control and visibility
-

more insight
into member activity, like de
-
activating members who
leave the org.


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JIRA

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Suite of tools for capturing, managing and
tracking work from idea to Production


Track team activity against planned work


Easy to set up and use, so entire team
(including Product Owners and Users) have
continual insight into status


Fits into most budgets


Plug
-
in system, so you pay for the functionality
that you use

JIRA
-

Overview

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JIRA


Work Tracking


Allows all Team
Members and Users to
add bugs/stories/
enhancement requests
on the fly



Track all related
information, including
points estimates,
detailed requirements,
supporting
documentation via
attachment, feature
identification



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JIRA Agile


Backlog Management



fka GreenHopper




Drag
-
and
-
drop
stories/tasks/ bugs in
priority order of
customer value

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JIRA Agile


Kanban



Slide cards to indicate
status




Creates BVC that is
instantly updatable

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JIRA Agile
-

Kanban



Set WIP constraints to
focus team efforts




Another visual
indicator of impacts to
schedule

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JIRA Agile
-

Burndown



Calculates Burndown
and Velocity




Allows for visual
display of scope
changes that impacted
development pace

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JIRA Agile


Additional Metrics

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Workflows



Ease of use, visibility and tracking, collaborative



Assign Issue Keys for traceability



Mobile site makes available anywhere



Developer API, with numerous existing plug
-
ins



Affordability





www.atlassian.com



JIRA


Other Considerations

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SharePoint

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Team collaboration tools easily built into a
single site, including intranet portals,

file
management,

social networks, websites,

site
-
wide search, and

business intelligence


Closely integrated with Office


Interface is familiar


Easily use in conjunction with other Office
applications

SharePoint
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Overview

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SharePoint


Group/Project Sites



Create single project site



Knowledge Sharing



Calendar/schedule



Announcements

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SharePoint


Document Repository

Permissions
-
based

repository which allows

for versioning and

document preservation

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Ease of use for new users


Highly customizable


Accessible remotely with appropriate setup


SharePoint


Other Considerations

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Resources & Tools

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Wireframes
Magazine
--

wireframes.linowski.ca



Smashing
Magazine
--

www.smashingmagazine.com


Help Authoring Tools and Techniques
forum
--

http
://
groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/HATT/info


Christian Naths’ free Redacted font
--

https
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github.com/christiannaths/Redacted
-
Font

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PowerStory
--

http://power
-
story.com


Balsamiq
--

http://
www.balsamiq.com


Trello


www.trello.com

(there is also a blog and a strong
user community that provides answers to
FAQs

etc and a
forum to post your questions and get responses



Resources & Tools

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Andreas
Wulf’s

free icons for PowerPoint
-
http://designmodo.com/windows
-
8
-
wireframe/


Cucumber
-

http://www.cukes.info


Cucumber on
GitHub

-

https://github.com/cucumber/cucumber


Axiom
open source
-

build custom
projects


MS
Team Foundation Server (TFS) plug in for
Excel can help with requirements traceability; can
view all team members' activities in one
place


Resources & Tools

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Red Mine
-

requirements plug
-
ins for
storyboards; issue tracker


Basecamp/Highrise/Campfire


http://37signals.com/


Pivotal Tracker
-

agile PM tool; iteration
manager
-

track stories thru development
process


Mind Mapping
-

iThoughts HD for Apple;
MindJet; Xmind;

Resources & Tools

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http://www.modernanalyst.com/


Mingle
-

www.thoughtworks.com


Rally Software
-

http://www.rallydev.com/


Prezzi
-

http://prezi.com/

Resources & Tools

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Questions/

Comments

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Reshma Pathare
,
CBAP, CSM, PMP, CSQA

Business Consultant

rpathare@cohaa.org

Carole Schwarz

IT Process Management
-

Requirements Capability

schwarc6@nationwide.com

Greg Swearingen
,

PSPO1

Senior Business Analyst / Consultant

gregs@gergman.com

Faye Thompson
, JD, PSMI

Senior Agile Consultant

fthompson@cohaa.org



Accessorizing Your BA Toolbelt

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