How Can a Business Analyst Help You?

Sometimes project stakeholders I work for or with aren’t familiar with the role or the value of the business analyst. I’ve posted about Karl Wiegers’ Bills of Rights previously, and think those are a great way to introduce the role to a new business stakeholder who may not be familiar with the types of value a BA can provide, and what he/she should do to help the process along. A few days back, while waiting for a meeting to begin, I jotted down a few quick ideas of my own that I thought I might share with stakeholders with whom I hadn’t previously worked if questions arose over what help and services I can provide by fulfilling my role as a BA. I didn’t put a great deal of time into this list, and it is by no means conclusive, but I thought I’d share in case it may be of value to someone. As a business analyst, I can help you: Develop your business case, and determine whether your business case is viable and warrants investment of company resources. Distinguish a business problem’s symptoms from its root cause, and help you discover the true root cause. Ensure that all of the key questions have been asked, and their responses documented. Ensure that issues are captured, resolved, and their resolutions documented. Provide you with the honest perspective of a...

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