Do you not know that many organizations are steering away from the traditional costly mode of system & project delivery? That organizations are leaning towards a more agile way of software implementation. Do you not see that organizations are operating thinner in recent times than before? Do you not notice the increased need for teams’ collaboration and the quest for quick delivery of value? Are you aware that the role of Business Analyst can easily diffuse within an agile team structure because other team members also understand the requirement to a large extent as they daily interact? Do you understand the team structure and the extent of daily engagement amongst agile development teams? Are you aware that development process in agile moves like the flash of light? Are you aware the testers are agile too and they have to push solution into release quicker than before? Do you see challenges to your role as Business Analyst caused by these dynamics? Okay, think about these.
First, talking about the tradition requirement documentation, employers are seeing no or less value in a wait-for-all to complete documentation approach: it’s costlier, delayed customer excitement and could delay organizations cash inflow. Your traditional approach of first identifying stakeholders, using an extended period of time to analyze your engagement approach with stakeholders, interacting with tools and processes, and documenting, reviewing, and seeking approval for requirements documents are becoming outdated. The future Business Analyst will need to interact less with tools- in any form, including documentation and relate more with people. Your interpersonal, communication and listening skills are the vital elements to succeed here. You will have to shift to be a people over process Business Analyst, become an enabler of ideas whilst relating with stakeholders, and be vigilant to squeeze out requirements from your interactions with users.
Second, you may not find this in textbooks but certainly it is true. If you’re used to sitting at a spot and just analyzing and documenting- someone that likes to keep away from others and only willing to present results in the end, you may not success in the agile world. The new order requires you to be a little ‘chatty but purposeful’. Listen, agile methodology brings developers and testers (the whole agile dev team) closer to understanding the in and out of requirements as projects go on. Your visibility and necessity as Business Analyst may become blur and even fade off in no time. I’m not saying that core developers and testers will replace your interface with users- even though that happens on agile, but your role needs to be fuelled by your chatty nature and the ability to assert yourself as the bridge between users and the solutions being built
Third, there are project out there that requires your requirements be presently in a user story format only and that’s it. You will need to support the rest of the agile team with the ‘how’ of that requirements. You must be able to assist with the testers with the criteria with which the solution will be said to have been completed. Your core developer may need the technical nitty gritty (data) of the user story to be able to build a solution. The future Business Analyst should be able to support in this manner.
Lastly, the N-generation Business Analyst gives more attention to change than a plan. You may be used to scoping out tasks that need be completed, when to and getting all analysis done and reviewed before work starts etc. Planning and working sequentially in itself isn’t the Business Analyst d thing here, but you must understand that in an agile world, your ability to respond to users changes and their re-reprioritization is very key. Most times users/ customers in agile are set out for areas of quick wins or areas of importance. You should be careful not to allow a sense of ownership of requirements that stem from detailed and extended scope and schedule planning to overshadow the attention you pay to the changing needs of users.
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