Agile Impact: The Evolving Role of the BA


In the dynamic world of Business Analysis, it’s useful to stop and take a look at the impact of Agile on the business analyst.

A quick search on the web and you’ll find no shortage of discussions being had and opinions expressed on how Agile is having a significant effect of the life of a BA.

Agile itself isn’t a new concept, but it’s influence and prominence in Business Analysis still remains relatively fresh. In this article we take a look at some nuances as an Agile BA.

A more comprehensive overview can be found in the APMG® Agile Business Analysis handbook which promotes the role of a project based BA within the framework of DSDM®.

Traditional to Agile BA

I think it’s fair to start by saying that the evolution of a job role can have differing impacts on people. Change can be uncomfortable for some, whereas for others it can be viewed as an opportunity to develop new skills and techniques.

It would appear that the fundamental tasks of the Agile BA don’t change a great deal from the traditional BA role, but the format, techniques and even the physical environment certainly do.

7 key considerations for the Agile BA

1. In Agile projects, an Agile BA should actively encourage ongoing team engagement and collaboration.

2. As an Agile BA, there is a strong emphasis on having a rounded view of organisational strategy so as to help identify opportunities of improvement and deliver value. We will discuss this consideration in a future post on our blog.

3. An Agile BA will gather requirements in small chunks or increments as opposed to all up front. Gathering requirements will also involve greater interaction with developers and users at the same time to iterate towards a solution.

4. Requirements can be referred to as: user stories, epics, themes. Keep your eyes peeled for our future posts covering Agile requirements.

5. An Agile BA tends to work in a more open and more animated workspace where ideas are shared daily.

6. As with traditional BAs, the core function of an Agile BA is to help an organisation achieve its business goals through the analysis of its overall needs and then aligning projects to such needs.

7. Prioritisation plays a bigger role for requirements, with a PRL (Prioritised Requirements List) being a key deliverable.

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