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  • What does a Business Analyst do? Featured

    Posted by Bhawna Kumar
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    Is there any straight answer to this question? What do we think when someone says a Business Analyst is the master of the business rules, industry knowledge or may be a Business Analyst is the one who bridges the gap between Business & IT. The question remains is how?

    After interviewing my peers and pals, to my understanding the Business Analyst prepares and delivers the documents with the intricacy of project in detail. Business analyst yearns that processes and procedures falls in place at the right time to make sure the project functions smoothly.

    Let’s look at the each stage of SDLC as to where does the BA role fits in?

    Project Initiation:

    The initiation phase, is where the problem is addressed. It is BA’s responsibility to identify the problem and analyze possible solution and bring it to the table to stakeholders.

    This ii where the Business case is made. The cost involved is analyzed, time frame is decided, and manpower is looked into etc, etc.

    Business Case is the master document for the project and the Business Analyst keep referring to.

    Project Analysis:

    The project analysis is the phase wherein the BA will define the Business requirements in detail and stating the problem to be resolved i.e objective of the project.

    The BA will also work with the Design Architect to come up with the blue print of the project what will be the solution should look like.

    The solution design and the detailed requirements together will be actually guiding the human resources involved in project.

    Project Development:

    The development phase is most critical for the BA as it takes a BA to step up and schedule the daily meetings with development team, design architect. The development of the project is perilous if it’s not monitored as the whole project can be at risk of not delivering what’s expected.

    Project Testing:

    The testing phase is kind of match-up phase of the requirements with the expected solutions. The BA has detailed knowledge of the project by this time. Hence, he/she is the best person for to judge of the solution prepared as per the expectations of stakeholders.

    Project Implementation:

    It is the time when BA can see any fall backs or things missed to put them in place.

    As a conclusion, the Business Analyst is a navigator, who is responsible for reaching the end destination with success in hand of the whole team.


    Apr 02 Tags: Business Analyst
  • Use your observations effectually in projects

    Posted by Manisha
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    • The first 2-4 weeks of your project you must observe and analyze about the different aspects of business.
    • Use your judgement how is the work culture at the client site.
    • Stakeholders generally will not be able to tell you the specific requirements, one need to be persistent in asking related questions and summarize. The best practice that helped me to be precise in collecting the requirements is, after every conversation, I sent a summary of the discussion and it helped getting more detailed requirement in written from the stakeholder.
    • Observation can happen being active (try to talk to as many stakeholders and try and understand the whole idea of the process) or passive (quietly analyzing the colleagues, project managers or any other person related to the project).
    • No, I don’t mean that you keep asking questions at an unwanted time or indulge in an uninvited discussion, please use your best judgement so people are willing to talk to you and provide information without hesitation.
    • The information you are trying to collect, needs to be analyzed first, before you reach out to your colleagues.
    • Have your goals in order to accomplish the task on time. Time your day accordingly.
    • Make yourself available for discussions with a pleasant smile on your face. A good team player is what every organization is looking for as it makes the environment easy for everyone to work in.






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    Let’s make this forum a LEARNING FORUM for everyone. Thank you!

  • More Trends in Business Analysis in 2015

    Posted by Bhawna Kumar
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    2015 has kicked off and most of us are already fully entangled in the daily grind. Unlike people, projects show no sign of a ‘getting back into the swing of things’ period. The pressure keeps building as organizations are pushed to keep up with industry in order to stay competitive and profitable. So what does 2015 have in store for us? My view is that the following 4 trends can be expected to be prevalent for Business Analysts during the year.


    2013/2014 saw a strong focus on external client facing innovation from companies around the world. We saw trends in the mobile and digital space with the rise in the mobility of the products and services offered. Digital began to bridge the divide between companies, the products they sell and ultimately the consumers of those products. This brings me to the first trend that I foresee, 2015 will see a consolidation period where internal innovation plays catch-up to the external. Consolidation after a period of rapid growth is common in most business areas and is no different for Business Analysis.

    Projects focused on improving the back end systems as well as process improvements enabling us to deliver our products better to our customers will be front and center in 2015. This will have two impacts on Business Analysis, the types of projects we work on and the way we work on those projects.

    The first impact speaks to the nature of the projects being more back end focused with a big push on integration between back end services that was not seen as critical during initial development. As projects move from a project space to a business as usual space these inefficiencies in maintaining and operating the new functionality or capability become apparent.

    The second impact affects how we conduct the Business Analysis activities within an organization. This can, in an organizational level, mean that training would become more prevalent as businesses realize the need for improved skills. It could also mean organizations taking a step back and looking at the methodologies and controls in place for analysis to take place. Refining methodologies and building systems to increase efficiency will be something we see happening during 2015.


    The plethora of new legislation around the world will have a large impact on organizations. The costs involved in compliance pose a massive risk to revenue generation, it often means that products that were once extremely profitable now become less so. So what does this mean for Business Analysis? We will start to see Business Analysis professionals emerge as specialists in compliance and regulation analysis. Typically this will be due to the complex nature of regulatory based projects as well as the nuances in the analysis approach.

    There is a massive gap in the translation layer currently where an Act or piece of legislation is worded in such a way that it is open ended and not specific to the business. In Business Analysis we seek specificity, so how do we get there when words such as ‘reasonable’ are commonplace in legislation? An added complication is the legal wording which often creates confusion within the business as to what it actually is that must change as a result of the new legislation. The skills required to facilitate the gathering of requirements from a source other than the individual or group that created the legislation are very different from standard Business Analysis skills.

    A traditional BA approach is to look at the requirements needed to provide a certain capability and look at the value this can add to an organization. A regulatory project is automatically given a high level of priority above other projects and is often hard to justify as the value gained seems minimal. In reality the value gained is in the ability of the organization to avoid severe penalties or repercussions. This presents a specific issue to an organization and an opportunity for a Business Analyst to add value.

    Regulations are not optional and as such a Business Analyst can be pivotal in the implementation of these regulations by providing approaches that reduce the impact on the business and customers of that business. The smaller the impact that the legislation has on business the better for the business.

    Another core effect this will have on Business Analysis is the ongoing non-functional requirements for future projects. Compliance to a specific legislation once-off is not enough, all future functionality needs to take into account the pre-existing regulatory constraints. Where compliance is seen as a hindrance to business this can be seen as an area where Business Analysis can thrive and indirectly add business value.


    Pulling from articles from thought leaders such as Richard Larson, CEO of Watermark learning, as well as others in the field, the emergence of the concept that the Business Analysts is an internal entrepreneur and strategist will start to emerge. Although I don’t expect this concept to be fully realized during 2015 I think that the way business views a Business Analyst will start to move towards that. But what does this really mean?

    Essentially a Business Analyst is there to add real measurable business value as well as to be an agent of change within an organization. This is the same thing that an entrepreneur is trying to achieve. They seek to find a gap in the market where they are able to create a product or service that ultimately adds some type of value to their customer’s lives.

    If you look at this view it is evident that a Business Analyst might need to have a better understanding of the business as a whole as well as the components that ensure that solutions result in added value. Building a good solution is no longer the full extent of adding this value; communication, marketing, organizational development as well as change management all become critical to the success of a solution.

    Multidisciplinary team members that have a good understanding of the holistic nature of projects will be in high demand. Multidisciplinary can be a misleading concept and the age old saying ‘jack of all trades master of none’ comes to mind. But this is not the case. While the Business Analyst might not deliver on the marketing of a solution for example it will become a business requirement as it is a critical success factor. Having exposure and understanding of those elements will elevate the traditional Business Analyst from a document producer to someone who is able to bring about positive change and ultimately add business value.

    If we as Business Analysts are viewed as the go-to people for value creation it paints a good picture of the future where the role becomes indispensable to any business. I am not saying we will get there in 2015 but the emergence of the concept will get people thinking and we might even see early adopters driving the concept forward.


    Long have we heard the debate over Agile and Waterfall, in fact this is becoming overly commonplace at events and online LinkedIn forums. My view is that this will die down specifically in the intermediate to senior Business Analysis space. Agile is no longer the catch phrase it was a few years back, agile practitioners are no longer revolutionaries trying to convince business that there is a better way. In many instances Agile is a way of life and a business as usual practice.

    The buzz word has died down and companies know that agility is something they need to achieve in order to be competitive and bring products and product enhancements to market at the required speed. Hybrid approaches to achieving agility are becoming increasingly prevalent in previously waterfall driven environments. Core concepts that drive agility such as visibility, incremental release cycles, collaboration, user centricity and change driven behavior are being incorporated where highly governed and regulated industries exist.

    As we progress through the year the key principles within agile will take front and center over the methodologies such as scrum, XP and Kanban. This will enable Business Analysts to achieve a level of agility beyond the restrictions of the governance that they work in. Questions as to the relevance of over documented requirements will be raised. Business will be asking what value can be derived from long over complicated documents. Essentially agility will result in small incremental changes being made to a waterfall environment until we look back and realize that great distance has been added between where we are and where we used to be.

    As the pressures of business continue to push effectiveness in project delivery we will see a shift in the understanding that in order to deliver we need to focus on the deliverable and not on the elements of governance that form part of a traditional Waterfall SDLC. We won’t ever do away with documentation, but the 200 page specifications of the past will start to become smaller and more specific to what we need in order to deliver an end solution. A quote by Einstein “Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler” holds the key to the above concept. Although it will take some time to realize the boundary between what the right amounts of detail is and what is too much, we are far beyond the view that we need long documents to ensure delivery. Value has and will continue to be the driver in effective business change, we are just getting better at realizing where the true value lies even if that is one small step at a time.

    In conclusion, whatever happens in 2015 it is very evident that it is a very exciting time for Business Analysis. There will be challenges and changes but that presents an opportunity to push the profession to a new level.

    P.S. Source: http://www.modernanalyst.com/Resources/Articles/tabid/115/ID/3210/More-Trends-in-Business-Analysis-in-2015.aspx
    Mar 31 Tags: Business Analyst
  • Essential Skills for a Business Analyst

    Posted by Bhawna Kumar
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    A Business Analyst is a professional with the domain knowledge of the client's business. With the capabilities as below:


    - Appropriate degree in Business Administration.

    - Good communication skills

    - Good listener

    - Able to hold meetings & bringing out conclusions

    - Able to analyze the attributes of different people

    - Data collecting skills

    - Must be liaison between business and IT

    - Analytical and problem solving skills

    - Ability to understand and document the business processes.


    Mar 30 Tags: Thank You
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    Hi its our immense pleasure to inform every one that, our RadusTek recruitment banner has been published in daily news paper in India...

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