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Business Analysis

Business Analysis is everywhere in the workplace. There are hundreds of definitions, massive scope in the variety of roles and work delivered, and huge variation in how many organisations define what a BA is, or what a BA does.

The simplest definition though is that “business analysis is a research discipline of identifying business needs and determining solutions to business problems”.

This definition then opens up the world of requirements gathering, process re-engineering, organisational change, process mapping, policy development, , user guides, test planning, software design, solutions …the list is almost endless.

BA skills are often underestimated in project work, as defining scope and gathering accurate requirements at the start of a project can make or break the project delivery. Then the BA really earns their keep as the detail of a project gets underway – the documentation, the stakeholder management, the workshops, the solutions to problems. These create the deliverables to the customer, be it a systems developer, the end user, a vendor, or the Project Manager.

The variety of how these tasks are completed, and to what quality, often differ from person to person, from team to team, and from company to company.

A huge amount of standardisation has come around with the IIBA (International Institute of Business Analysis) being established in 2003. This is an independent non-profit professional association serving the growing field of business analysis. CBS Ltd Director Bruce Danbury is a member of the IIBA, and a member of the UK Chapter of the IIBA.

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