Business Analysis

What is business analysis?

As Wikipedia defines it, business analysis is “a research discipline of identifying business needs and determining solutions to business problems.” In other words, business analysis is one of the main reasons most IT projects fail (according to PMI’s Pulse of the Profession Study, among other sources). Whether it’s unclear objectives, gaps in communication between stakeholders, or poor or changing requirements, all of these commonalities fall under the umbrella of business analysis. Given this, it’s easy to see how the business analyst role contributes to either making or breaking the success of a project. Historically, many believed this was only a small portion of the project management role, and should easily be absorbed by PMs; leaving a single individual to take on the tasks of multiple responsibilities. But as the field of business analysis continues to evolve, the identification of it’s impact on product development is undeniable.

How does RML change business analysis?

Requirements Modeling Language (RML) is the way Seilevel describes our approach to business analysis. This guideline of practice, based in part on industry standards and refined by Seilevel’s own unique concepts, makes outsourcing knowledge, strategy and critical thinking a possibility. The models we use and the way we apply them gives us a framework to document business needs and derive meaningful requirements. Some of the ways we use RML to get clear, concise requirements include:

  • Use our OPSD categories with a variation of requirements models to break down large chunks of information into manageable pieces that can be understood by all stakeholders
  • Use our business objectives model to identify and define project objectives, associated with measurable results, to prioritize product features and bound project scope
  • Use our requirements mapping matrix or a variety of requirements management tools to understand all impacts of changing business objectives for a project

Our consulting team members are hand-picked and trained to become business analysis experts; in fact, we only hire 1 in every 200 people we interview. We embed our staff on your project as an integrated member of your core project team. While we have SMEs in the banking, medical, technological industries, too much domain expertise from external resources tend to create ‘blinders’ and make solutioning formulaic. So our core focus always comes back to business analysis and requirements management. Seilevel also uses a leveraged staffing model during project execution to complete deliverables faster. The end-result is project support that provides a clear foundation for the software development lifecycle, delivered with higher quality, in a shorter time that addresses primary business needs than any temporary staff augmentation program.