Why you need a Business Analyst in your team
Business Analysts want to achieve the best possible return on investment (ROI) for every project they do. The ROI is the value or benefit the organization receives versus the investment it makes in a project.
The benefits can be: more revenue, more efficiency, less maintenance costs or even relieving staff that can be re-used on other projects.
The ideal scenario is that the Business Analyst (BA) can impact both sides of the equation; helping to streamline the investment and maximizing the return!
Even though adding a BA to your team is an additional cost, on the short and long term they will add value through reducing other project costs.
The reduction of re-work and change requests is just one example.
Due to the tools and techniques BA's bring with them, they are ideally placed to elicitate and note down requirements. Obtaining a precisely defined and clear set of requirements is a time-consuming process that requires the input of many stakeholders. However, if this is done thoroughly and accepted by the stakeholders it will make the development process much smoother. Besides less change requests, due to the clear scope, the project will also run with less resistance expediting Change Management, due to informing and consulting all key stakeholders such as end-users.
A good BA asks a lot of questions:
- What is the problem?
- Where does this problem come from?
- Does this requirement add value to our business need?
- Do we have available tools that might solve this problem?
These questions help the BA get a good understanding of the issue at hand and to ultimately come to a solution.
READ FULL ARTICLE - this article talks about the R&Rs of BA's and why they are important (Source: BAtimes).
How can we help?
Our Project Managers and Business Analysts can support your project - from the conceptual phase until post-delivery. While we have tools, techniques and applications in our toolbox, our BA's will never push a certain set of these tools and techniques. They simply look at the problem and help figure out the best suited solution. Sometimes the solution is not technology driven but, instead, requires process optimization. It all depends on the situation at hand.
Frederik Van den Houdt, Business Analyst
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