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What task is 98% of the required work of a Business Analyst?

Posted by Tony Markos

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Categories: Business Analysis, Requirements Analysis (BABOK KA)


The Yourdon introductory class on data flow diagramming used to (still does?) teach that 98% of the required work in requirements specification revolved around a single task.  What is that task?

Answer:  Coming with an adequate and accurate "As-Is" functional model.




Adrian M. posted on Saturday, January 5, 2008 4:51 PM
I can see how this might be the case if we consider that the act of creating an "As-Is" model is really understanding how the entire business works: all the processes and all the data flows. In addition, the business analyst is probably gathering the requirements at the same time as (s)he's creating the "As-Is" model.

Analyzing the business, documenting the processes and data flows, and identifying problems with the current process represent a very big percentage of what a business analyst does.

Having said that, I'm not sure that the "As-Is" model represents 98% of the BA's work.
Adrian M.
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