Being a successful Business Analyst means you have to have a variety of different skills and be adaptable to a changing environment. Every Business Analyst will bring their unique blend of skills and experience to the role, of course, but I’ve highlighted below what I think are the most common skills that a good BA will need. Feel free to add in the comments any other skills that you have found helpful in your BA career.
|Traceability matrix||Slavishly make this|
|Functional decomposition||Dump on free thinking positions|
|Balanced scorecards||Biased scarecrows|
|Verify requirements||Vilify requirements|
|Active listening||Passively missing meeting|
|Clarity, completeness, coherence, concision||Confusion, carveouts, crazy, carrying on & on &…|
|Enterprise architecture||Architect renter prizes|
|Decision analysis||Revision paralysis|
|Agile methodology||Methodological fragility|
|Measured outcomes||Declarations of victory|
|You found the error||You didn’t find the error|
On the surface, this statement appears as if I’ve lost my mind. For one thing, a traditional view of Product Owners is as a Product Manager or a customer/business stakeholder-facing role, and the traditional Project Manager is more a planning and execution focused role. The two are quite far apart and seem to have little synergy.