Business Analysis over the years

Business Analysis has come a long way over the years. In 2006, the International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA) published the first version of the Business Analysis Body of Knowledge (BABOK) Guide. The guide describes business analysis areas of knowledge, their associated activities, and the tasks and skills necessary to be effective in their execution. In July 2013, the IIBA and The Agile Alliance published the Agile Extension to the BABOK guide. To quote the guide, "Agile business analysis is about ensuring the right information is available to the development team in the right level of detail, at the right time, so they can build the right product."

 

The importance of Business Analysis

The importance of a good Business Analyst on an IT project is being increasingly acknowledged by leadership. Clear requirements minimize the gap between what clients/stakeholders expect and what actually gets delivered. In the past, and unfortunately still today, Business Analysts are isolated, not consulting with the developers at all and getting minimal input from key stakeholders and SME end users. The requirements get signed off by the stakeholders, after a brief review, and then get sent to the developers. The developer is put in an unenviable position and has to push back on functionality that is either going to send the project way over budget or is not possible to implement.

For these reasons, O'Keeffe IT Consulting strongly believes in a collaborative approach to the development of business requirements. It can be a challenge to  pry end users and stakeholders away from their daily duties to attend requirements workshop. Thus, at the commencement of the project, an agreement should be struck that requires a commitment of an agreed number of hours from end users and stakeholders to the project. Developers too will be regularly consulted before finalization of the requirements.

Why collaboration is key!

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