In this episode, Tomette Kirk shares what she calls the high five; five essential tasks that we need to focus on as Business Analysts to be successful.

After listening to this episode, you'll understand:

  • What essential tasks are needed for success as a business analyst
  • The right way to do stakeholder analysis
  • Why current state analysis is critical
  • How to find gaps in a process or change

Show Notes

What are the essential tasks that can make or break a Business Analyst?

To be successful as a Business Analyst, we need to perform five critical tasks.  They’re what Tomette Kirk refers to as the ‘High Five”.  Those tasks are:

  1. Stakeholder analysis
  2. Current state analysis
  3. Future state analysis
  4. Gap analysis
  5. Requirements management

These five tasks help us to involve the right people, understand where we are starting from, understand where we want to go, what needs to change, and provides clarity to the team.

When you combine the High Five with Tomette’s 5 part requirement (who does what, why, and done when), you have all of the elements for completing critical analysis work and creating a shared understanding.


Listen to this episode to understand how to apply Tomette’s high five approach to master the essentials of Business Analysis.



Your Homework

Use current state analysis on your next project.  You need to know where you are now before you can discover where to go next.


Tomette Kirk

Tomette Kirk

Tomette Kirk is a Certified Business Analysis Professional (CBAP), Business Analysis Resource Manager, former president of the Southeast WI IIBA Chapter, and a frequent industry speaker.


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