BAs are grease in the gears of the project, allowing it to move forward when it might stick or stall, ensuring everyone is working well together and has the same understanding is a great function to have on the team. Business Analysts are actively focused on reducing costs. This could be measured in the following ways:
Reduction in rework — if you help focus the team on the right requirements, then there should be reduced amount of unnecessary change. There will always be some change, as implementation encourages learning. But many projects are plagued by the change because requirements are not well understood. And this kind of change is waste.
Reduction in requirements churn — Stakeholder time is valuable, but without someone in the business analyst role, stakeholders might spend excess time in unproductive discussions. An analyst can help drive a logical and efficient decision-making processes, track open issues, and document discussions, reducing the amount of time spent rehashing previous discussions and going down rabbit holes.
Discovering more cost-effective solutions — When the business analyst is licensed to find any number of solutions to a problem, specifically solutions that may not involve information technology, the business analyst actually might help reduce costs by finding more cost-effective solutions.
A Business Analyst in the context of the Agile landscape is one that is extremely dynamic, adaptable, and focused on flexibility. They must execute business process improvements, assist in gathering requirements from decision makers, ensure best practices in quality assurance testing, assist with project design, and even wear the “Product Owner” hat from time to time — thereby defining the priorities around requirement implementations or bug fixes and drafting user stories. The BA needs to extract collaboration and build better understanding between development teams and clients. They should produce business-critical requirements faster through observation and trial and error methods. A BA in Agile can assist the organization in its transformation, going above and beyond the organization’s general operations.
The many hats of a Business Analyst
Product Owner — The BA should continuously focus on refining the requirements with a clear cut motive to provide better solutions to any affected business processes, and to ensure that business goals are met.
Innovator — They must focus on improvising and modifying existing business processes, and bring innovative measures to diagnose the business process that is infected with problems.
Leader — The Agile methodology emphasizes teamwork rather than individual performance, hence the BA must initiate any change or improvement organization-wide. Actively providing innovative measures with effective communication will build a BA’s credibility with business stakeholders.
Storyteller — The Business Analyst really listens to client needs — and converts them into the requirements and user stories that will meet those needs. There is a wide range of toolkits available for the BA to use to represent the business process problems along with solutions for them (VR Devices). Using these toolkits helps demonstrate innovations and improvisations to business stakeholders.