The role of business analyst is broader and more formalized than the role of requirements engineer. We offer a complete program, which will show you how to apply the skill sets you need successfully, using real-world examples. The skill sets you need to have as a business analyst are:
- problem solving
- critical thinking
- writing documentation and specification
- visual modeling
- facilitation and elicitation
- building and maintaining relationships
- self managing
- remaining neutral
- managing ambiguity and conflicts
And a good understanding of the domain the technology, to ensure all stakeholders consider you a valued partner.
However.....the role of the business analyst is changing because of two recent developments:
- Agile software development has a strong impact on the role of the business analyst and how he organizes his work
- BABOK Guide V3 has made "designing a usable representation of a solution", part of the tasks for the business analyst
The traditional skills and the impact of Agile are covered in our Requirements Engineering Foundations course. More advanced skill development for business analysts are covered in our advanced courses.
The new skills, mentioned in BABOK Guide V3, imply that a business analyst shall be able to apply use cases and other UML analysis and design techniques. We recommend our Object Oriented Analysis & Design using UML2 course as a good preparation for this new trend.
Agile requires you to be able to work with management to create a vision, translate these into features and allocate these to releases. At operational level you will have to work just-in-time to focus on just those user stories, spikes and requirements that will be the input for the upcoming sprints. If you want to learn more about Agile and Scrum and more particularly the role of a product owner we offer the Introduction to Scrum course and more advanced the various Scrum Alliance Certification paths.
In order to be able to do your work successfully, you need an infrastructure, to document your requirements and make your requirements specification document transparent and traceable. We offer Polarion Requirements, a full blown requirements engineering software solution, with the capability to grow to a full Application Life Cycle and Product Data Management solution for your business.