May be all of you start laughing by seeing the Title of this Blog-Post, i.e. "Who is a Business Analyst?". At this stage, why this post? As all of us know more or less know about Business Analysis and what a Business Analyst means.
My objective of writing this Blog-Post is to just outline the highlighted activities which a BA performs from the start of Project to end. I tried to depict the basics of a Business Analyst Profile in the below picture, As a Picture speaks thousand words :)
A Business Analyst's Profile
I have come across many of friends who ask me "What is your role in the Company?", even though I answer, they do not get exactly what I do. Even people who wants to be a Business Analyst or switch from their current career to Business Analysis can get a high-level idea of the Business Analyst Role through this post.
Just to focus on BA Profile and to make it simple, I have not included other Stakeholders such as Project Manager, Developer, Architect, etc. in the above Picture. Hope this will give you the basic overview of a BA.
In my other Blog Post I had covered detailed Skill Set required by a BA. Below is the URL:
Added on 25 May 2013: As requested, adding the below Acronyms used in the above Picture:
- BRD: Business Requirements Document
- URD: User Requirements Document
- SRS: Software Requirements Specification
- FSD: Functional Specification Specification
- SSD: System Specification Document
- RTM: Requirements Traceability Matrix
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