The business analyst is the individual who has the primary responsibility to elicit, analyze, validate, specify, verify, and manage the real needs of the project stakeholders, including customers and end users. The business analyst serves as the conduit between the customer community and the software development team through which requirements flow.
A business analyst will be involved throughout the entire system implementation. The business analysis function is a project role, not necessarily a job title. The BA will be responsible for seeing that the tasks are performed properly.
Work with the product owner or project sponsor to document the product’s vision and the project’s scope.
Identify project stakeholders and user classes. Document user class characteristics. Identify appropriate representatives for each user class and negotiate their responsibilities.
Elicit requirements using interviews, document analysis, requirements workshops, storyboards, surveys, site visits, business process descriptions, use cases, scenarios, event lists, business analysis, competitive product analysis, task and workflow analysis, and/or viewpoints.
Write requirements specifications according to standard templates, using natural language simply, clearly, unambiguously, and concisely.
Decompose high-level business and user requirements into functional requirements and quality, specified in an appropriate level of detail suitable for use by those must base their work on the requirements.
Define quality attributes, external interfaces, constraints, and other nonfunctional requirements.
Represent requirements using alternative views, such as analysis models (diagrams), prototypes, or scenarios, where appropriate.
Lead requirements analysis and verification, ensuring that requirement statements are complete, consistent, concise, comprehensible, traceable, feasible, unambiguous, and verifiable, and that they conform to standards.
Participate in requirements prioritization.
Participate in peer reviews and inspections of requirements documents. Participate in peer reviews of work products derived from requirements specifications to ensure that the requirements were interpreted correctly.
Enter, manipulate, and report on requirements stored in a commercial requirements management tool. Define requirement attributes and facilitate their use throughout the project.
Manage requirements traceability information and track requirements status throughout the project.
Manage changes to baselined requirements through effective application of change control processes and tools.
Establish and implement effective requirements practices, including use and continuous improvement of a requirements process. Assist with the development of the organization’s requirements engineering policies, procedures, and tools.
Implement ways to reuse requirements across projects.
Identify ways to assist product management in product planning through requirements development and analysis. Propose new product features and updates.
Knowledge, Experience and Qualifications required:
Degree in Computer Science, Information Technology or equivalent.
Professional Business Analysis qualification e.g. BCS Business Analysis.
2 years’ business analysis experience.
Proven experience of delivering projects to time, cost and quality.
Successful experience of translating analysis into practical implementation.
Facilitation and workshop experience.
Experience of different project management approaches e.g. agile and waterfall.
Knowledge of project management in a portfolio management environment.
Knowledge of and familiarity with membership/professional body roles, purposes, and activities.
Familiarity with digital business models for the development and dissemination of knowledge and standards.
Well-developed planning, organizational and business analysis skills.
Great communication skills – Written and verbal.
Good influencing /negotiation skills to work with business teams to agree scope, requirements and priorities.
Good team working skills.
Knowledge and experience of working within agreed project and change management governance frameworks.
Process Modelling and Business Process Management.
Risk and Issue Management experience.
High-level of IT literacy, proficient user of Microsoft Office tools and MS Project.
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