Business Analysis Roadblocks of Success

Business Analysis Roadblocks of Success

Business analyst’s roles in any company large or small are to provide management and other product owners/business/stakeholders with ways to address business needs. When the business analyst has done his or her job correctly then these needs often lead to improvements in organizational structures, processes, schedules, budgets, resource constraints and technical processes. While BA’s are delivering solutions to business problems, there are also many times that roadblocks will become an impediment to working on a successful project?

Roadblock impediments are listed below:
If project team roles, responsibilities and skill sets are not defined, then you as the BA will not gather the accurate information necessary to uncover/create useful solutions.
No matter what framework (agile, waterfall, scrum) is chosen for the project, if management is not behind the projects commitment then your role of uncovering and solving business problems will become useless.
If the organizational structures, processes that are being gathered are too difficult to measure, the requirements definitions may not yield useful results.

"So how can a Business Analyst in an organization either large or small, ensure that its goals and objectives of the project are completed?"

He can start by having:

Commitment of Management: All managers at all levels of the enterprise must understand the scope and commit to the assisting of requirements gathering in all phases of the project.
Roles and Processes: Management and team members must understand what is required of them in either development or implementation assisted by the business analyst who will integrate his leadership skills on process and technology.
Resource Allocation: Complete key phases within a reasonable amount of time, sufficient financial and time resources should be available, the right team members with the right skill sets.
Manage Expectations: Clear communications and expectations regarding the scope and timeline for the project and all team members.

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