I have a phrase for business analysis that will help you focus and help you make decisions during a project. "It's the Communication Stupid". I urge all of you to post this sign on your desk. Post it in a place where you see it every day. Maybe move it around so you not only see it, you read it every morning. Keep the sign until the concept is a part of who you are as a Business Analyst. When your actions start to follow the meaning of the sign, it is time to pass the sign to another BA in need.
In my unscientific research, I found a large theme among top analysts is they constantly ask themselves "will this help communicate the business need and/or solution requirements?" That is the backbone on how they plan their work and how they make decision related to their work during a project. You probably have heard people say, "BAs need to do just enough requirements" or something like," only use a technique if it adds value to the project". What is just enough and valuable? Communication is the value. If the message is communicated then that is enough requirements.
I feel I communicated the message I wanted to get across. So, no need to add more words!!!
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