A BA Does What?

"What is it that you do again?", my parents would ask.

"I'm a Business Analyst." Picture the blank stares, the questioning smiles... the sound of crickets. Quite frankly, for the next 20 years, I would explain that "I Find it and Fix it".

So What is Business Analysis?

Business Analysis, at it's core, is a structured approach, with an ever-growing set of tools and techniques, used to identify and address the challenges that naturally occur in all types of organizations and in life in general. These challenges, typically, occur in the form of people, process, policy, product, environment and a myriad list of issues associated with the ebb and flow of data.

Business Analysis and the Business Analyst

Do you need to be a Business Analyst to practice business analysis? No.  

A Business Analyst is just one of the roles that practice business analysis. In addition to a lexicon of other titles, some of the other roles that may perform business analysis include:

  • Systems Analyst
  • Functional Analyst
  • Business Systems Analyst (BSA)
  • Process Analysis
  • Web Designer
  • Product Manager 
  • Project Manager
  • Quality Assurance

As is often the case, the BA's role can be fluid depending on the organization and/or the project and can encapsulate some, or all, or the responsibilities and skills sets associated with a variety roles. At the BA Zone we realize that to be truly successful requires a broad knowledge across many disciplines and we are committed to providing you with the confidence and skill sets needed to "Find It and Fix It"!