When talking about Business Analysis or Systems Analysis we think about trained practitioners who have the skills and capability to work within an organisation to drive identified business needs from a current state to a future state by engaging with the relevant stakeholders. Solutions will often include a software deployment, but may be purely focussed on process improvement or organisational change.
The analyst will generally work as part of the project team and have some reporting line through the project organisation, either working alone or as part of a bigger team on larger projects.
Within the field there are a number of accreditations available to practitioners including those offered by the:
- BCS (British Computer Society),
- PMI (Project Management Institute) and the
- IIBA (International Institute of Business Analysis)
These accreditations look at the various aspects of the analysis role and run from Foundation level, through Practitioners to Professional.
In many smaller projects it is not unusual to find the Analyst role combined with that of the Project Manager so one person has the responsibility for both activities. As such it is not uncommon to find PM/BA or BA/PM practitioners with CV’s showing their experiences. If such practitioners are to be deployed in larger project organisations it is always good to understand which is their primary skill set as the behaviour profile of the two roles do differ.