The Role Of A Business Analyst

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Going by the definition of Wikipedia which says that the role of a Business Analyst (BA) is

that of “someone who analyzes an organization or business domain (real or hypothetical) and

documents its business or processes or systems, assessing the business model or its

integration with technology”, one can infer that the role of a BA is, at the lowest level,

problem assessment and analysis as well as solution initiator. The BA’s role currently

transcends beyond accessing and identifying problem areas to proffering both short term and

long term solutions to complex business problems in line with organizational goals and

objectives. The BA takes the lead in planning and monitoring, aiding in business case, as well as

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It is essential for a Business Analysis to have good verbal communication and technical

writing skills. The BA should also have problem solving, analytical thinking, documentation and

specification and analysis skills. Also the BA should be able to facilitate workshops while

eliciting requirements. Some other technical skill sets a BA should have is the ability to create

visual modelling such as wireframe prototypes and work-flow diagrams. Adequate knowledge

of business analysis tools such as Microsoft excel, word power point and visio and Enterprise

Architecture is also required. Regardless of all these technical skills there are a number of soft

skills that are also required for anyone to be successful with Business Analysis Career. Some of

these skills include the relationship-building, self-managing, crisis management and time

management. It is the responsibility of the BA to build good and strong relationship that

involves trust with the stakeholders and team mates. A very important soft skill a BA possess

as well is the ability be proactive and effectively manage commitment to deadlines. A BA in
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It believed that the market would be able to correct any interruptions, as intervention would

do more harm than good. This ideology brought about the problem of asymmetric information

that led to moral hazard and adverse selection. These practices led to the artificial booms in

the market that snowballed into the great depression which swept across America and

Europe. There are two ways the Business Analyst would have had a positive impact on the

economy to avoid the great depression. The first is that before the adoption of the laissez faire

principle, the BA would have analyzed the impact of the lack of government intervention in

the economy and come up with models to represent and predict the occurrence of the great

depression. A proper analysis of this principle would expose the fact that business would take

advantage of the situation and get involved in practices that are unethical such as artificial

hiking of real estate and stock prices for self-gain. This would trigger a warning sign that the

boom would not last very long and dissemination of information would lead to lack

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