With the rise in the takeup of the Agile approaches one of the most common areas of confusion is the changing role of the business analyst.
I wrote an article which summarises my thinking on the topic earlier in the year. It can be found at http://www.softed.com/Resources/Docs/The-Role-of-the-Analyst-in-Agile-Projects.pdf I feel that the fundamental nature of the role doesn’t change – ensuring the customer voice is heard and business value is protected. The the way we do analysis, and when we do the detailed analysis does change – focusing on”just-enough, just-in-time”, deferring in-depth detailed work until just before it is needed.
CIO magazine has an article by Thomas Wailgum titled “Business analysts: role changes require new skill sets” in which he says
The business analyst’s job has changed this year — and so have the critical skills that companies demand. New research shows that while communication is still key, knowledge of Lean and Agile methods is a must-have as well.
Talking about changes in the role he quotes Forrester analyst Mary Gerush:
Business analysts need to “obtain cross-functional knowledge and experience by [being exposed] to new technologies and different business units and cross-training…in project management, development and quality assurance”
What do you think?
Posted by Shane Hastie