Category Archives: BA Techniques

Risk Analysis

Business Analyst Techniques #2 Risk Analysis

Risk AnalysisRisk analysis or risk assessment is done to determine if the proposed project carries more risk than the organization is willing to bear. It helps in adjusting the cost and profit projections on the basis of the risks identified at any point. No project comes without risk and it’s totally unrealistic to think otherwise. The analysis activities to prepare the business case are incomplete until an initial risk assessment is performed. Project risk is defined as an uncertain event or condition which has impact at least on time, cost, scope or quality. Risk analysis includes the following processes:

  • Risk Identification
  • Risk Assessment
  • Risk Response Planning
  • Organizational Readiness Assessment
  • Risk Avoidance
  • Risk Rating

Risk Identification: The cause of risk should be described with its impact. The goal is to identify business, financial, technical and operational risks. The first thing we must do in risk identification is to recognize the areas of the project where the risks can occur. It basically includes scope of the project, cost and schedule decided for the project, change in customer requirements and resource management.

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SWOT Analysis

Business Analyst Techniques #1 SWOT Analysis

SWOT AnalysisThe SWOT analysis can be described as the foundation of developing your strategies and tactics which can later become a road-map for writing any business plan or case. SWOT is the strategic planning used to evaluate Strength, Weakness, Opportunity and Threat involved in a project or business speculation. It is advisable to set the business objective after the SWOT analysis has been performed. This would allow achievable goals or objectives to be set for the organization.

  • Strengths: characteristics of the business, or project team that give it an advantage over others
  • Weaknesses (or Limitations): are characteristics that place the team at a disadvantage relative to others
  • Opportunities: external chances to improve performance (e.g. make greater profits) in the environment
  • Threats: external elements in the environment that could cause trouble for the business or project.

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