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Defining and scoping the project - Before he can begin to gather the actual requirements, a business

analyst needs to ensure that the scope of the project is clear and complete. This involves understanding
why the project has been initiated and the goals of the project. It should also include a high-level
description of the business processes that will be covered as part of the solution and a list of items that
will not be included.
A project scope document includes the following:
Vision and Statement of Purpose
Project Objectives
Project Viewpoint
Project Assumptions
Project External Interactions
Suggestions and Recommendations
Implementation options
Business Risks vs. Rewards
Competition Analysis

During this stage, a business analyst needs the following skills:

People skills to bring diverse groups together to agree on project scope and build
Ability to clearly document project scope using business terms
Ability to refrain from jumping to a solution before defining the problem