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Job Title: Business Analyst

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“A business analyst works as a liaison among stakeholders in order to elicit, analyze, communicate and validate requirements for changes to business processes, policies and information systems. The business analyst understands business problems and opportunities in the context of the requirements and recommends solutions that enable the organization to achieve its goals.” –  International Institute of Business Analysis

“Businee Analysts work in different industries such as financebanking, insurance, telecom, utilities, software services, and such. Due to working on projects at a fairly high level of abstractions, BAs can switch between industries. The business domain subject areas BAs may work in include workflow, billing, mediation, provisioning and customer relationship management.” – Wikipedia

Key job responsibilies include – (source: http://jonathanbabcock.com/2007/02/14/business-analyst-job-description/)

  • Elicit requirements using interviews, document analysis, requirements workshops, surveys, site visits, business process descriptions, use cases, scenarios, business analysis, task and workflow analysis.
  • Critically evaluate information gathered from multiple sources, reconcile conflicts, decompose high-level information into details, abstract up from low-level information to a general understanding, and distinguish user requests from the underlying true needs
  • Drive and challenge business units on their assumptions of how they will successfully execute their plans
  • Strong analytical and product management skills required, including a thorough understanding of how to interpret customer business needs and translate them into application and operational requirements.

Critical skills include: communication & international skills, analytical skills, project management, business expertise

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Written by Rachel Chung

October 18, 2008 at 12:38 am

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  1. Quite often the roles of business analysts and project managers are confused. I think whoever reading your article above will think that a business analyst is the same thing as a project manager.

    Here’s an article highlighting the differences between project management and business analysis. It gives the reader an insight about the differences from different aspects.

    PM Hut

    October 18, 2008 at 3:40 pm

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