Is it possible for a BA to concentrate on both Business Analysis and Business Analytics side by side?

A reader asks: Is it possible for a BA to concentrate on both Business Analysis and Business Analytics side by side? In order to have a productive conversation about a topic without getting derailed by misconceptions, first we need to eliminate any confusion about how the terms are being used. So here’s how I’m using … [Read more…]

A reader asks: Should the BA be responsible for providing design inputs for developers?

I’m new to the business analyst role (8.5 mos to be exact), and I came across your webinar “6 Mistakes That Lead to Missing Requirements” from Bridging the Gap. During the Q&A portion, a question came up about listing “solutions”, and another about some projects requiring the BAs to provide the developers high fidelity mockups. … [Read more…]

The difference between a tactical and a strategic business analyst

When asked to describe their role, many business analysts working on customer-facing software products or internal information systems use terms like “liaison”, “bridge”, “communication line”, and “translator”, typically referring to work they do to make sure “what the business has in mind for a computerized system is accurately understood by the technical team”. This interpretation … [Read more…]