Business analysis as a profession might be at risk. Business analysis as a critical function within any organization is a crucial activity that has to be done by someone wearing the BA hat.
User stories are a great way of expressing stakeholder requirements. By following a few simple rules, they can become even more powerful.
Organizations initiate IT projects either to solve business problems or to seize business opportunities. Recognizing the difference is the challenge.
Strategic, Tactical, and Operational Business Analysis are three distinct levels within an organization. Although they are all called business analysis, there are significant differences in the breadth and depth of the tools and techniques necessary to support each.
Tactical Business Analysis is applied within a project to ensure that the product is well defined and understood both by those who need the produce and by those who build/buy the product. In an Agile environment, it is used primarily during release, iteration, and sprint planning sessions.
Confucius (or another one of the early Chinese geniuses) is credited with saying that a picture is worth a thousand words.