Project Management and Business Analysis. It’s like strawberries and cream – you can’t have one without another. But what is Business Analysis and what does a Business Analyst do?
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Business Analysis is the process of identifying business needs and determining solutions to business problems. So, Business analysts work with organizations to help them improve their processes, systems, services, and systems. Their toolset is that of research, analysis, and presentation.
Solutions will be implemented through the creation of one or more projects, such as:
Therefore, the role of a Business Analyst is principally to:
Some Business Analysts specialize, for example, in:
Just as Project Managers have our Bodies of Knowledge – most notably the PMI’s Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge – the PMBOK Guide… So, the International Institute of Business Analysis has its Guide to the Business Analysis Body of Knowledge (BABOK® Guide). This is the standard for the practice of business analysis.
This has sections on:
The Six Knowledge Areas (or Core Competencies) of the BABOK Guide:
The current (third) edition of the BABOK Guide defines Business Analysis as:
“Business analysis is the practice of enabling change in an enterprise by defining needs and recommending solutions that deliver value to stakeholders. Business analysis enables an enterprise to articulate needs and the rationale for change, and to design and describe solutions that can deliver value.“
They go on to say…
“Business analysis is performed on a variety of initiatives within an enterprise. Initiatives may be strategic, tactical, or operational. Business analysis may be performed within the boundaries of a project or throughout enterprise evolution and continuous improvement. It can be used to understand the current state, to define the future state, and to determine the activities required to move from the current to the future state.”
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Dr Mike Clayton is one of the most successful and in-demand project management trainers in the UK. He is author of 14 best-selling books, including four about project management. He is also a prolific blogger and contributor to ProjectManager.com and Project, the journal of the Association for Project Management. Between 1990 and 2002, Mike was a successful project manager, leading large project teams and delivering complex projects. In 2016, Mike launched OnlinePMCourses.
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