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The tough truth: Your stakeholders don’t want a BA

Business woman with arms crossed

I’m pleased to say that my most recent blog article has been published on “”, where I have contributed as a guest author. This article focuses on business analysis from the perspective of SMEs and stakeholders… and has caused some controversy! I’d love to hear what you think, so please take a look and add a comment on the site.



Business woman with arms crossed
Not all stakeholders “get” the BA role

One thing that I’m confident that readers of this site will agree on is that good quality business analysis can add significant value throughout a project’s lifecycle.   But let me ask you a question.  Have you ever found that some stakeholders just don’t “get” business analysis?  They just want to implement a tactical, messy solution without really understanding the root cause, business need or opportunity?

Have you ever heard stakeholders say things like:

“We don’t have time for up-front enterprise analysis… we just need to get going!”

“Why do I need requirements?  It’s simple – I just want xyz system. That’s my requirement. Now go deliver it, by next Tuesday please.”

“Why do we need to understand the ‘as is’ system – surely we can just worry about the changes?”

“Why do you keep asking me about business goals and objectives?  That’s not for you to worry about.”

If you haven’t ever heard sentiments of this type, I am extremely jealous!  I know from my work with organizations and BA practitioners in the UK, that misunderstanding, and in some cases resistance against the BA role does occur.  Sometimes it feels like they don’t really want a BA at all…


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