In Information Technology (IT) companies while working on the projects, one may find themselves coming directly in contact with a Business Analyst (BA) of the project. So, who is this BA and what is their importance in a project?
The simple definition of a BA is someone who analyzes an organization or business domain (real or hypothetical) and documents its business or processes or systems, along with assessing the business model or its integration with technology. Business Analyst helps in guiding businesses in improving processes, products, services and software through data analysis.
In a project, BA is the first person who gets assigned to work on building the requirements with the client. In the beginning, the client has an idea on which they want to iterate upon and this is where the BA comes into the picture. In conjunction with the client, BA initially works on either or all of the following –
- To-be process, e.g. data flow diagrams, flowcharts
- Data models, i.e. data requirements expressed as a documented data model of some sort
- Business case, a financial analysis containing shareholders’ risk and return
- Roadmap, a strategic plan
major task is to understand the business that a client has or intends
to enter and get well-versed with the various nuances of that business.
This helps BAs better understand the requirements of the project and
relate them well in a use case. Going further, this knowledge is also
shared with the developer of the project. Read full blog here - Business Analyst: His Importance in a Project