The PowerStart Analyst

The single most difficult issue for any analyst when doing requirements analysis has always been finding the right questions to ask clients. 

Every business and system analysis methodology has always lacked this fundamental foundation – a method to find the exact, in-context questions to ask clients. Business requirements analysis isn’t horseshoes. “Close is good enough” won’t cut it. 

PowerStart consultants are pros who will provide you with expert assistance (no fuzzy stuff), whether as consultants on a mission-critical project or as trainers to get the front-end business requirements done, without fail, fast and provably complete. These are the issues we will solve with you, as science, not art:

  • How do we find the right questions to ask? How do we quickly find all the questions to ask clients? How do we know what the questions should be?
  • How do we know if all the right questions have been asked? How do we find unanswered questions? How do we find the ones that no one ever seems to find, or the ones we promised to come back to later and need to keep track of? How do we know we’re done? How do we know we have found all the questions that need to be asked? (In other words, how can we know what we don’t know?)
  • How do we find the real limits of the project? How do we find the questions that determine the real scope of the project? How do we prevent ‘scope creep’ during the project? How do we avoid surprises? (Or, how can we turn the scope issue into something real, rather than trying to pin Jell-O to a wall?)
  • How do we find the right questions to ask? How do we quickly find all the questions to ask clients? How do we know what the questions should be?
  • How do we create a small, understandable and business-focused requirements specification that everyone can understand? How can we put all the related documentation in the same place without redundancy, so we can quickly find it again? How do we make the documentation brief, event-based, and not like a Victorian novel, so we can easily maintain it and find elements? How can we write it in business language, and not base it on the technology we’re implementing? How can we make sure it focuses on the business and not on a technology solution. And how can we release and distribute it in an ‘agile’ fashion using modern media?
  • How do we describe data access requirements based on the business needs? If we need a database design, how can we quickly determine the data accesses required by the business needs, so database designers don’t have to go out and reinvent the business wheel? 

Whether through one of our courses or as consultants on your project, we will provide clear and distinct answers to all of these questions. And you project business requirements will be delivered promptly. 

Over 35,000 people have participated in interactive business discovery sessions conducted by the PowerStart Group on over 850 projects. We will help you get from where you are now to where you want to be. 

To discuss your organization’s needs, please contact us here.


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BETH HAWKINGS: Manager, Information Management | Major Environment Permitting Project

Coaching on a Project“Thank you for your great piloting skills. As always, it was inspiring to watch you and Stuart work so comfortably together to draw out business information from staff who often have difficulty seeing the WHAT’s from the HOW’s.”