Your business needs to properly analyze aspects of the company in order for it to be more successful. When there are different projects that come up from time to time that you are involved in, you need to ensure you follow the proper business analysis steps to allow for a greater chance of success. No matter what project you are working on, it will pretty much always need business analysis.
Although, the analysis needs to be done in the correct manner, otherwise you could be giving the company and team false hope that the project is going to be successful, when it actually might not. There is a widely agreed upon framework when it comes to business analysis, and there are seven steps in total to follow, and you need to go through each one properly, no matter the size or importance of the project.
So, have a read on below at the steps to proper business analysis:
Step 1: Get Your Bearings
Sometimes if you are coming in to analyze the project after it has already started, then you need to take an extra step to get the full picture and understand what is going on. You can’t just jump straight into the next steps if you don’t have the clear picture. You need to look at things like who the main stakeholders are, what the current business processes are and the history of the project.
Step 2: Finalize The Business Objectives
The business objectives are really important to define, so before jumping into the project itself, you need to understand what the business objectives are as a whole, and how the project will fit into these objectives. By doing this properly it helps makes the next steps a little bit easier.
Step 3: Outline The Scope
The scope of the project is probably the most important thing that you need to be aware of. Think about what will be the solution of this project and how you are going to get there, for example what resources are you going to need to complete this project? This is not to act as the plan, but to help make the plan, in the next step.
Step 4: Devise The Analysis Plan
This is where you get into the real nitty-gritty of the project. Things you need to think about here is how you are going to measure the success of the project, when the project is expected to be completed and any timelines, what the roles are of each of the stakeholders within this project, and other important pieces of information like that. It is important here that you are as realistic as possible.
Step 5: Define The Details
You have all the details in your plan, but now it is time to actually define what they mean. By doing this you make it very clear about the process that needs to be followed, which will hopefully allow for the project to be completed successfully in full.
Step 6: Support for Tech
Usually in projects there is a requirement for tech to be involved. No matter what type of tech is included within the project, there needs to be adequate support to allow for the completion and success of the project. You need to also consider the amount of time it is going to take for tech to implement the changes you desire.
Step 7: Assisting The Business
If your project is successful and it changes the way the business works, you will need to support the business as the changes continue to come into effect. This is the final phase of the project and most critical, the success of the project hinges on whether it is adapted by the entire business.