Benefits of AgileBA

Insights | 30 November 2015

More and more, the role of the Business Analyst (BA) is in the spotlight: the BA is vital to business success. But what about the BA in an agile world? Does this role still exist? What skills do I now need? Is it a completely ‘new’ world? Or can I just apply existing BA tools and techniques?

Traditional BA skills need to be complemented by new skills and ways of working when faced with agile practices. Regardless of the size or type of project, BAs require the appropriate tools to adopt an agile approach.

 “Introducing an Agile approach has a significant impact on the role of the Business Analyst, their existing skills and ways of working”.

The Agile Business Analysis Handbook, DSDM, 2015

AgileBA, based on the DSDM® Consortium Agile Business Analysis Handbook, focuses on providing advice for the BA on delivering value and working with various stakeholders. It equips the BA with techniques to incorporate agile approaches in projects and programmes.

Benefits for Individuals

So what does AgileBA offer to individuals? Benefits include:

  • The AgileBA accreditation is internationally recognised – achievement of an accreditation is recognition that an individual has attained a level of knowledge in accordance with certification standards
  • Improved understanding and awareness of agile methods as a Business Analyst
  • Access to a tool kit of agile business analysis techniques
  • Gaining an understanding of how to move from traditional to more agile ways of working
  • Being able to reference a framework within which to operate, clarifying the Business Analyst’s responsibilities in projects applying agile methods
  • Contributes to your continuing professional development
  • Enhances your career options

Benefits for Organisations

And for organisations, AgileBA is about:

  • Enabling a ‘common language’ for business analysts working in an agile environment
  • Enhancing organisational capability
  • Informing agile and traditional project managers (who often also have business analysis responsibilities) of an appreciation of the BA role within agile environments
  • Providing a reference point for the business in terms of the BA role, especially where other agile methods (e.g. Scrum) do not define BA responsibilities
  • Gaining an appreciation that business analysis skills can help an organisation achieve business goals by understanding and aligning projects to business needs.

“The business analyst is crucial to the success and competiveness of organisations in today’s rapidly-changing environment…As our project world continues to change…embracing Agile is a part of this evolution”
The Agile Business Analysis Handbook, DSDM, 2015

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DSDM and AgileBA are registered trademarks of Dynamic Systems Development Method Limited in the UK and other countries.

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