Business Analyst

The danger of going native! Can you get too close to the business?

As business analysts, it’s essential that we work closely with our business stakeholders. Whether we’re working on strategy, feasibility or requirements, this closeness often helps to ensure that we gain a real and detailed understanding of the problems that our stakeholders face. In some cases we might try and completely immerse ourselves in the world of the business user by co-locating with them or even by going “client side” (which might sometimes be referred to as “going native”).

“Who needs a BA anyway?” : Tips to build credibility with business stakeholders

Over the past few months, I’ve spoken to a number of my peers who work in different companies and different industries who have been facing a similar set of challenges.  A common problem in the project world seems to be that some business stakeholders just don’t understand the role of a BA.  In a worse… 

Project Fatigue can kill your chances of delivering! Tips for dealing with it.

I’d hazard a bet that we’ve all been there. We’ve all worked on that project, the one which seems to go round in circles with hundreds of false starts, changes of approach and seemingly endless issues to manage. After six months the team is making slow but significant process…  yet team members seem completely burned out!… 

“I want that one”: Helping project stakeholders to define the problem (rather than the solution)

I believe that one of the most important success factors in just about any project is having a shared understanding of the “problem” that needs to be solved.  Once the problem has been clearly defined, it is much easier to define the scope of the project (and far easier to analyse, define and prioritise requirements).… 

BA Skillset : Refresh the lost art of ‘networking’!

In recent times, there has been a renewed focus on Stakeholder Management during business change projects.  Formal Stakeholder Management helps to ensure that expectations are managed, and conflict is addressed.  With this renewed focus on formal management techniques, it’s easy to forget the value of your informal network of colleagues, suppliers, friends and associates. Your… 

Innovate to survive

As any Business Analyst will tell you, “change” is essential for just about any business to survive. Organisations need to be constantly innovating, ensuring that they are delivering the precise goods and services that their customers want, need, demand and desire. The trouble is, change can be scary. It can threaten norms and values that…