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Business Analyst Job Description

The Business Analyst Job Description – what should or shouldn’t we do?

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So What Does a Business Analyst Actually Do? A Business Analyst typically work on projects and very often it involves implementing a technology solution as part of this within the corporate world. There are some variations about what they do on those projects but here is a list of tasks that should and should not be performed by this role.

A Business Analyst should do these tasks:

  • Meet with stakeholders to understand their business needs and ultimately theirbusiness requirements
  • Translate the business requirements into a language that delivery teams (such as developers and testers) can interpret.
  • Run workshops as part of requirements gathering activities
  • Document the requirements in a objective, clear and meaningful format
  • Raise any risks that may impact the requirements on a project
  • Plan for requirements activities on the project in the form of a Requirements Management Plan
  • Facilitate the requirements review and approval process
  • Clarify any requirements to developers and testers on the project
  • Establish a requirements traceability approach and matrix to be utilitsed by the project
  • Manage any requirements change requests from a requirements point of view
  • Contribute to the project management plan in terms of requirements approach, risks, constraints, assumptions and planning.
  • Provide delivery time based estimates to the project management team for requirements deliverables
  • In some projects the Business Analyst will be responsible for stakeholders analysis which consists of identification, analyse and engage with.
  • Develop various requirements models utilising modelling techniques such as UML, process models and/or data modeling.
  • Provide input to test cases, but do not own the task of creating test plans, test cases or scenarios.

A BA should NOT do these tasks:

  • Take minutes as a matter of course on each project team meeting, this should be done by the executive assistant or project analyst
  • Organise the project team meetings, this should be done by the executive assistant or project analyst
  • Keeping track of the project schedule updates, this should be done by the project manager or project analyst
  • Be responsible to update the risks and issues log, this should be done by the project manager or project analyst
  • Design solutions for the project, this is a solutions architect’s job.
  • The business analysts can review and provide feedback but do not have solution design as a core responsibility.
  • Perform testing execution, this is a tester’s role!
  • Write code or do programming of any solution, this is a software developer’s role!

The above tasks are a guide only but typically this is what is expected of Business Analyst on a project.

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