Who uses Business Analysis Skills and what is Business Analysis? IIBA® (International Institute of Business Analysis)™ defines the discipline of business analysis as “the practice of enabling change in an enterprise by defining business needs and recommending solutions that deliver value to stakeholders.” The definition describes work which could be performed by almost any employee in an organization. Anytime an employee puts an idea in the suggestion box, it is possible they analyzed a need and are recommending a solution.
From its beginning the IIBA® has consistently preached that your job title does not need to be Business Analyst for you to be a person who analyzes a business. Initially many people who joined the IIBA® were called Project Managers or Systems Analysts. But because the association used the phase Business Analysis, the job title Business Analyst has grown significantly with career paths including titles like Junior BA, Senior BA, IT BA, etc. Yet beyond these obvious titles Business Analysis Skills are used by many more people with varied titles. At the risk of missing some, I have identified many disciplines which share business analysis skill sets and responsibilities.
Skills Shared with Business Analysis
Related Business Analysis Tasks
|Agile teams||Brainstorming/discovery, problem solving, communication skills, systems thinking, conceptual thinking, team work||Conduct stakeholder analysis and engagement, conduct elicitation, analyze elicitation results, organize requirements, specify and model requirements, assess proposed solutions, validate solution|
|Business and enterprise architecture||Business and organization awareness, systems thinking, conceptual and visual thinking, communication skills, technology systems/platforms/data structure||Determine solution approach, prioritize requirements, assess proposed solutions|
|Business intelligence/data analytics||Decision making, research/investigation, adaptability||Define business need, assess capability gaps, conduct elicitation|
|Business management and operations||Communication skills, business and organization knowledge, industry knowledge, solution knowledge||Assess risks, evaluate solution performance, define business need and business case|
|Business relationship management||Communication skills, leadership and influencing, storytelling, political acumen||Plan business analysis communications, conduct stakeholder analysis and engagement|
|Facilitation||Communication skills, group management, negotiation and conflict resolution, emotional intelligence||Conduct stakeholder analysis, prepare and conduct elicitation|
|Market analysis||Market/competitive awareness, research/investigation, organization awareness||Define business need, assess capability gaps, build business case|
|Organizational change management||Communication skills, group interaction skills, teaching, organization knowledge, storytelling, political acumen||Assess organizational readiness, define transition requirements|
|Portfolio management/demand management||Business acumen, industry knowledge, organization knowledge, political acumen, storytelling||Define business need and business case, assess organizational readiness|
|Product ownership||Communication skills, business knowledge, visual thinking, political acumen, team work, collaboration||Define business needs, assess capability gaps, assess risks, define business cases, validate requirements and solutions|
|Project and program management||Communication skills, organization and time management, political acumen, teamwork, conflict resolution, organization knowledge||Define solution scope, assess proposed solutions, manage scope and requirements, define transition requirements|
|Quality assurance||Business awareness, organization knowledge, technology awareness||Trace requirements, verify and validate requirements and solutions, evaluate solution performance|
|Requirements engineering||Modeling techniques, problem solving, technology systems/platforms/data structure||Specify and model requirements, assess proposed solutions|
|Risk management/cyber security||Business and organization awareness, research/investigation, critical thinking||Assess risks, evaluate solution performance|
|Software design, development, and maintenance||Problem solving, systems thinking, conceptual and visual thinking, technology systems/platforms/data structure||Specify and model requirements, assess proposed solutions, trace requirements|
|Strategic planning||Leadership/influence, business and political acumen, industry knowledge, organization knowledge||Define business needs and business cases, assess capability gaps|
|Systems analysis||Problem solving, technology systems/platforms/data structure, methodology knowledge||Assess proposed solutions, specify and model requirements|
|User interface (UI) and user experience (UX) design||Organization knowledge, communication skills, technology systems, presentation skills||Conduct stakeholder analysis, conduct elicitation, specify and model requirements, validate requirements, validate solution, evaluate solution performance|
I’m sure I’ve missed some. For example, attorneys use elicitation, stakeholder analysis and technical writing. I didn’t include them because I decided to stay in the “business” arena. Please comment below with your title/role if I missed it.
If you see your discipline here and aren’t familiar with business analysis tools and techniques, take a look at our Business Analysis Fundamentals class, you might be surprised to find out how much business analysis work you are doing.
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My passion for critical thinking and providing business value drove me to help define the business analysis profession. The business analysis profession is made up of individuals who excel at evaluating problems, identifying possible solutions, and assessing costs and benefits before recommending a change. As an early IIBA® member, I worked on the development of a worldwide standard for business analysis, the BABOK® Guide. I continue to volunteer with the IIBA mentoring, writing, presenting, and promoting the organization and its principles.