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 …
Business Analysts solve business problems. To do this, a Business Analyst needs a certain set of skills. According to Zippia, there are 10 skills a BA must posses.
The second skill on Zippia’s list is research, the sixth is problem solving, and the ninth is communication- all of which involve (dah, dah, daaaahh) asking questions. (How to ask questions and then interpret and respond to the subsequent replies is one of my favorite subjects. 🙂 )
I’m not sure when it happened, but at some point, asking questions seems to have gone from being generally regarded as an ‘inquiry’ to ‘vicious attack upon intelligence, integrity, and reputation’. Now, I know not everyone makes this definitive translation when they are asked questions, but a remarkable amount of people do- not just in their professional lives, but personal ones too.