Here’s a link to my latest article on LinkedIn. If you’d like to read the article in entirety here, look below the link.
So, two days a go I was scrolling through my IG feed and I saw this:
I was instantly distressed. Let me tell you why.
First, ‘going with your gut’ is not a good thing in business. In your personal life, sometimes, sure. But in business, no. No, no, no- especially if you have investors or are looking to attract them. Investors are not going to like the idea of ‘gut’ decision making because
A few days a go, a fellow BA, Anthony Arriagada, made the statement on LinkedIn that BAs are essentially product owners. The ensuing discussion was insightful.
Here’s my two cents- a BA can be a PO, but not every PO is a BA.
To evaluate this statement carefully, I think we need to take a step back. We call ourselves Business Analysts (BA) primarily because we practice the art of business analysis. For the most part, we accept that the IIBA sets the parameters around the art we practice, including methodologies and techniques. Business Analysts can serve in various industries and be given various titles, but it is what we do, and how we do it, that allows us to collectively call ourselves Business Analysts.
The same can be said of a ‘product owner’. This title has been defined by a specific methodology, and has it’s own set …
A Business Analyst solves business problems by helping an organization (and, therefore, people) to understand where they are, what change is needed for improvement, and why. They work to define, plan, build, and execute a solution for an organization to get from A to B, and then successfully acclimate to the change.
That can be a lot of work. Or it can be little. A Business Analyst wears one hat or fifteen for various amounts of time. It just depends on the organization, its people, and their needs.
All large organizations have at least one Business Analyst, which is one reason why they continue to be successful. Most solopreneurs, entrepreneurs, and SMBs (Small- and Medium-sized Businesses) don’t have a Business Analyst, even though having a Business Analyst will only increase productivity and add to their success.
Has your organization been struggling with making progress? What’s it costing your organization to …
“You might be very good at what you do to make a product or provide a service, but running a small business brings a whole range of other responsibilities.” says Sharon Penn of Chron.com in Five Duties of a Small Business Owner.
You don’t need to hire people to perform all of the required tasks- but it might be worth hiring a Business Analyst for a few hours to solve those business problems that you can’t or don’t have time for. Don’t allow business problems to distract you or slow your progress.
So, a few days ago, I was having a conversation with a prospective client about her needs. She said she’d reviewed my website, but didn’t understand exactly what a business analyst does. Immediately I recognized that I had not done enough to explain that on my About Us page. So, I’ll take the opportunity to do so now.
What is business analysis?
Business Analysis, as defined by the IIBA (the most prominent BA professional certification organization in the US) is “the practice of enabling change in an organizational context, by defining needs and recommending solutions that deliver value to stakeholders.” Stakeholders are those who have an interest in an organization.
What is a business analyst?
So, a business analyst, or a change agent, is a person who performs business analysis. Study.com says, “A change agent is a person from inside or outside the organization who helps an organization …