Business Analyst

Business Analysis Methods, Tips and Techniques

The role of the business analyst is to understand the business goals, objectives and strategies of an organization and to use that knowledge to help design and implement new business systems that align with the business vision.

Using a variety of communication skills (e.g. interviews, meetings, and facilitated sessions) and by analyzing business processes, data and systems, the business analyst develops a series of business and system “models” that are used by the business to better understand itself and to plan and design a future state business model.

Business Analyst

The business models that are produced by a business analyst describes the business from very different but related perspectives:

  1. Planning Perspective – an “executive summary” of the business vision
  2. Business Perspective – a conceptual understanding of the business
  3. Design Perspective – a non-technical design for the future state
  4. Builder Perspective – a technical solution for achieving the future vision

Although, in general, the business analyst takes a “top-down” approach that helps ensure that he/she is in alignment with the business vision, goals and objectives, there is sometimes a need for “bottom-up” analysis to better understand problems areas and areas of particular complexity.

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