Business & Systems Analysis

Translating business objectives into technology features

You know your business and where you want to take it. You have some great ideas, but you don’t know how difficult they are to produce or even if they are technically possible. You know that an integral part of the strategy requires a system which enables you to be more efficient and effective. You’d like to hear some other ideas and understand what the trends are.

We are experts at understanding you business needs and translating your business objectives into technology systems and features. We want to work with you to translate your technology business ideas into a system plan.

What you need to do next is speak to us.

Create the master plan

We need to understand the full scope of your business idea and then we’ll create a blueprint for the system.

To do this, we consult with you to create a Product Backlog. The Product Backlog is a list of all the features that your system should offer its users. The features on the Product Backlog are then grouped according to their business value – the most important, critical, or highest revenue producing features are put at the top of the list with the lower value features falling down the list.

TheĀ  features with the highest business value are not, however, always the best to develop first. Sometimes the highest business value features are also the most complex to build. Sometimes the delivery of a high business value feature is dependent on the existence of other lower business value features. So the priority decision can’t be made without consideration of complexity. This is where we assist most. We work together with you to rearrange the Product Backlog so that the items representing the highest return on investment are done first.

This delivers the best bang for your buck.

String the features together in a wire-frame

It’s important to know, not only what features are required, but also how these features are implemented. To do this, we work together with you to design a wire-frame (also known as a System Mock-up) which creates a visual overview of how the features will be implemented on the screen. The complexity of the wire-frames can extend from the simplest napkin-style sketches through to visually interactive wire-frames where you can follow the various processes as they would work in the final system. The type of wire-frame chosen for your project will depend on the complexity of the system as well as the budget available.

Forecasting the budget and duration

With the Product Backlog and the wire-frame in hand, the next step is to estimate how to divide the features into manageable chunks of work. We call these chunks “Sprints”. A Sprint consists of a team dedicated to your project for a fixed time period of anything from 1 week to a maximum of 4 weeks at a time. The size of the team can vary based on the complexity of the system and the required deadline – the tighter the deadline, the bigger the team. The breakdown of the Product Backlog into Sprints provides you with a forecast of the work that could be done per Sprint and the number of Sprints required for the whole project, enabling you to budget properly as well as understand what functionality will most likely be delivered at the end of each Sprint.

To read more about SCRUM and Sprints, go to Agile & SCRUM

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