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Iavi Rotberg - Get to know your BA

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Iavi Rotberg - Get to know your BA

  1. 1. Get to know your BusinessAnalystIavi Rotberg10th of November 2012
  2. 2. AgendaThe modern Business Analyst (BA)Why know your BA ?Demographics from the BA worldA day as a BABA challenges & best practices
  3. 3. The modern Business Analyst
  4. 4. Why know your BA? Results of poor requirements:  60%-80% of project failure  Finding and fixing software defects (bugs) 50% of total product costs  25-40% of all spending on projects budget is wasted as a result of rework  40% of the problems are found by end users in production live systems  45% of System Functionality Never Used; 19% Rarely used
  5. 5. The role of the BAA liaison among stakeholders to elicit, analyze, communicate and validate requirements for business changesThe one who ensures that requirements are visible to and understood by all stakeholders
  6. 6. Business analysis model Investigate the situation Deliver Consider change perspectives Define and Analyze deliver needs requirements Evaluate options
  7. 7. Demographics from the BA world
  8. 8. Typical BA company size Dont know Fewer than 4% 100 12% Greater than 20k employees 25% 100-499 12% 500-999 5000 - 19999 8% 19% 1000 - 4999 20%
  9. 9. BA preferred industries types Media Other Retail 3% 5% 5% Telecom Finance and 6% insurance 27% Health care 6% Manufacturing 8% Business services Public sector 17% 9% IT Services 14%
  10. 10. Size of the team and location  Size - 58% have less than 25 members. Virtualization - 64% of the teams have less than 25% virtualizationSize of the project team Virtualization of the team 100 to > 250 50 4% > 75% 1% 50% to50 to 100 75%10% < 10% 25% to 50%25 to < 25 50 58% 10% to27% 25%
  11. 11. A day as a BA
  12. 12. BA typical methodologies  The role of the BA on an Agile project has not yet solidified as a pure role in the teamA mix of processes from below 39.9%Waterfall or modified waterfall 25.9% Agile 19.2% Iterative 8.4% Other 4.3%
  13. 13. BA typical activities % of BA are responsible for the following activities 80 69 69 68 70 63 63 59 60 52 49 50 47 40 40 32 30 20 20 20 10 0
  14. 14. BA most important techniques Critical Very Important Important Somewhat important Interviewing 30% 43% 21% 5% Facilitation 31% 42% 23% 4% Modelling 18% 40% 31% 8% Negotiation 17% 39% 33% 10%Business rule design 10% 38% 42% 13%Change management 10% 33% 43% 24% Data modelling 5% 25% 44% 25% Quality assurance 7% 22% 41% 27%Project management 6% 22% 41% 25%
  15. 15. BA most critical soft skills Critical Very Important Important Somewhat important Communication 69% 28% 3% Analytical skills 70% 26% 4% Collaboration 42% 42% 14%2% Customer orientation 35% 44% 19% 2%Planning, organization 29% 42% 25% 4%Consulting, influencing 23% 46% 24% 5% Leadership 20% 41% 30% 7% Strategic 11% 33% 37% 3%
  16. 16. BA tool kit
  17. 17. Requirements communication  Spreadsheets, word documents and emails are the communicating linkSpread sheets or documents 83.2% Email 42.0%Requirements management… 31.4% Meetings (daily stand-up) 31.1% Requirements modelling… 21.6% Write boards, post it notes 21.6% Blog or wiki 11.3% Other 6.6%
  18. 18. BA challengesMissing or vague business requirements Infeasible business requirementsUnrealistic timelines driven by real world pressures (e.g. competition, budget)Tribal business knowledgeFinding time with businessBusiness wants to dictate technology
  19. 19. Best practicesIdentify the stakeholders and their perspectivesUnderstand the area of impact for the changeLook for the alternatives while targeting tangible results with minimal effortRequirements traceability (one repository, multiple ownership)Speak truth to power
  20. 20. About the presentation resources Various surveys conducted by Forrester, IIBA, Raven Flow, Jama  State of Requirements Management Report 2011  Get to know your BA 2011 Various studies and articles published by  IIBA www.iiba.com  BA times www.BATimes.com  Modern analyst www.modernanalyst.com  Requirements Network www.requirementsnetwork.com  Requirements www.requirements.net Pictures courtesy of www.freedigitalphotos.net
  21. 21. Thank you! Business analysts connect the dots across your project!Follow us on LinkedIn @ The BA Lounge
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