The International Institute of Business Analysis [IIBA®] classifies a Business Analyst function as carrying out “…set of tasks and techniques used to work as a liaison among stakeholders in order to understand the structure, policies, and operations of an organization, and to recommend solutions that enable the organisation to achieve its goals.” A Guide to the Business Analysis Body of Knowledge® (BABOK® Guide). Whilst there are many variants to this role in recent years the flexibility of a Business Analyst has changed and moulded to suit the current Project Management landscape.
When recruitment website seek.com.au conducted a recent study into the statistical data of what recruitment agencies look for when searching for a Business Analyst candidate, nearly one-third of advertised Business Analyst roles in Australia were described as needing to be “Agile.”
But what does this mean? Surely the role of Business Analyst can’t be one of the few coveted positions in a lean, streamlined, team? Can a Business Analyst, experienced in delivering a standard or waterfall project, make the switch to a change-based product-delivery structure?
The answer is yes, they have to.
To add further context to how a Business Analyst can function within an Agile environment, it’s important to understand how successful projects are being run.
Agile Business Analyst