Re: What is a Business Analyst?

Subject: Re: What is a Business Analyst?
From: Reshma <reshma_pendse -at- yahoo -dot- co -dot- in>
To: Keith Hood <klhra -at- yahoo -dot- com>
Date: Sun, 4 Nov 2012 23:03:30 +0530

Business analyst In software development Can also be someone who liases with product management to define and detail functional and technical specs or requirements for the product. Is that the role you are asking about?
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Reshma


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On 04-Nov-2012, at 6:36 AM, Keith Hood <klhra -at- yahoo -dot- com> wrote:

> Business analysis of course varies from place to place. In my experience, BA work mostly involves process definition. You have to figure out how the company is doing things, document that, do gap analysis and figure out if there's better ways of working, and document them.
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> The things that I've most commonly seen BA work involving:
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> Lines and means of communications between and inside different groups (management, designers, product producers) [designers and producers are not always the same thing] --- try to identify bottlenecks and ways to eliminate or get around them.
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> Workflows --- usually expressed in things like Visio diagrams, working out what are the real steps performed in getting work done, rather than what management thinks is being done, identifying places where feedback loops are needed, places where there are extraneous or too many steps
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> Control measures --- finding out what paperwork is involved to request resources or schedule things, identifying both defficiencies and excesses in paperwork requirements, working out ways to make the version control system work, needs for checklists and confirmation procedures to get hard information on when actions are actually done
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> Meeting control --- almost always too many meetings, figuring out how to get work done and at the same time minimizing the amount of time spent sitting around the table in the ridiculously-named conference room
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> And of course, trying to correct the almost inevitable lack of decent documentation, and the always inevitable desire of everyone else to pretend they can do their jobs perfectly well without bothering to refer to any documentation at all.
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> The major pain with BA work is, even if you're a regular employee of the company, you're treated kind of like an 'efficiency expert' brought in from outside. Mostly because the BA's job involves finding out how things really work, and those findings often are not palatable to other people.
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