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3 Key Skills for An Agile Business Analyst

Updated: Aug 7, 2023


Agile Business Analyst
Agile Business Analyst

Summary

An Agile Business Analyst must be proficient at:

  1. Gathering requirements

  2. Conducting analysis

  3. Designing process flows


Gathering Requirements

An Agile Business Analyst must be proficient at identifying and determining requirements of a product. Requirements ranges from project requirements to business requirements to technical requirements. An agile business analyst predominately gathers requirements in 3 stages - requirement elicitation, requirement documentation and requirement confirmation. A key difference between an agile business analyst and a traditional / waterfall business analyst and is that an agile business analyst is always gathering requirements during the life time of the product whilst a traditional / waterfall business analyst usually completes requirement gathering the design and development of the product

An example of a user requirement
An example of a user requirement

Conducting analysis

An Agile Business Analyst is proficient at conducting highly valuable business analysis. 4 main types of analysis an Agile Business Analyst conducts are strategic analysis, business model analysis, process analysis and system analysis. Strategic analysis involves analyzing the strategic vision, strategic needs, and strategic execution of a business. Business model analysis aims to define a business operating model, market approach and business policies. Process analysis involves analyzing As-Is process, To-Be process, and gaps in business processes. System analysis focuses on the interpretation of business systems, business solutions and technical system. An Agile Business Analyst is continuously delivering business value by producing insight driven analysis for different business needs and solutions.


Example of a SWOT Analysis
Example of a SWOT Analysis

Designing Process Flows

An Agile Business Analyst is proficient at designing process flow. Every business has its processes for delivering business value to its customers. In reality, these processes lies in the heads of people across a business. An Agile Business Analyst is responsible for understanding, documenting, and improving business processes. 4 key process activities for an Agile Business Analyst are: analysis business processes, designing As-Is process flow and To-Be process flow. Analysis


Example of a Process Flow
Example of a Process Flow

Conclusion

An Agile Business Analyst is proficient and skilled at continuous requirement gathering, continuous analysis, and continuous process flow design. Having demonstrable work experience across these 3 keys is critical for success as an Agile Business Analyst.






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