Who is a Business Analyst?
February 16, 2020

Who is a Business Analyst?

By Lau

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In this article, we will go through the third point of the first chapter of the BABOK® Guide. It’s very important to know the definition of the role you will be performing and the activities that this involves. Let’s go for it!

All the information in this article has been taken from the BABOK® Guide. The information has been reorganised, summarized and clarifying descriptions have been added to make it easier for beginners to understand.

Who is a Business Analyst?

“A Business Analyst is any person who performs business analysis tasks described in the BABOK® Guide, no matter their job title or organizational role.”

Who is a Business Analyst?

Other common job titles for people who perform business analysis include Business Architect, Business Systems Analyst, Data Analyst, Enterprise Analyst, Management Consultant, Process Analyst, Product Manager, Product Owner, Requirements Engineer, Systems Analyst.

“Business Analysts are responsible for discovering, synthesizing, and analyzing information from a variety of sources within an enterprise, including tools, processes, documentation, and stakeholders. “

What this paragraph highlight is that stakeholders aren’t the only sources where Business Analysts can gather information from in order to analyse and include in their solutions. There are also: tools, processes, and documentation that can help with their research.

“The Business Analyst is responsible for eliciting the actual needs of stakeholders—which frequently involves investigating and clarifying their expressed desires—in order to determine underlying issues and causes.

Business Analysts play a role in aligning the designed and delivered solutions with the needs of stakeholders. The activities that business analysts perform include: “

Understanding enterprise problems and goals. Having the big picture of what the business is about and its goals, Business Analysts can focus all their solutions in one direction: the enterprise’s goals direction. Understanding its problems gives them a starting point when it comes to continuous improvement proposals.

Analysing needs and solutions. Once having elicited the actual stakeholders’ needs the Business Analyst has to analyse them and create a solution to cover those needs. The process that a Business Analyst goes through to transform needs into solutions is called analysis.

Devising strategies. During the analysis process Business Analysts must keep strategy in mind. In order to do this, it is necessary to understand the enterprise’s problems and goals.

Driving change. The practice of business analysis enables change to the enterprise, thus it is the business analysis practitioner’s goal.

Facilitating stakeholder collaboration. In practice, Business Analysts are a sort of intermediary between the client and the technical area. Due to their communication skills, they are the best option to help both sides to communicate effectively with each other with the objective of expressing the client’s needs.

To sum up we have listed all the other names Business Analysts are currently being called. We have also seen the different sources where they take the information from. And lastly, the activities that Business Analysts perform.

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