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New Post 9/3/2010 2:22 PM
User is offline raga
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Help with understanding BA role 

Hi, This is Raga, new to BA world. I got some knowledge gathered from previous experience, some good buddies and books on What a BA role is...

I understood that BA is hired at around end of Iinitiation.BA gets knowledge on highlevel requirements from Charter doc/business case, taking and inteviewing people who are willing to talk, reviewing doc of earlier similar projects[if any]. At the end of initiation, he will be preparing Business use cases.[i believe it all goes on individual project and on organization style]  During Analysis, BA  conducts JAD sessions, interviews with SMEs to gather details on high level requirements. With the details gathered, he would prepare BRD, using a template. He would also categorize requirements into functional, non functional and BR and would also prepare system use cases for key features. In design phase BA would create system use case diagrams, workflow diagrams that aid developers in tech design. Some times BA would be expected to prepare testscripts covering high priority requirements. BA would also coordinate UAT as needed and does final review and signoff in Transition phase. BA is expected to have analyzing skills, domain knowledge, OO concepts of design, and BA mainly serves as 'Bridge between business users and techies' on any concerns, issues, change requests or conflicts. BA also works with different set of tools for requirement management, traceability and UML modeling.

I am not sure on the 'Business use cases and system use cases' part. Does BA really make two different sets of use cases/ diagrams in real time. I read that Business use case talks about stakeholders involvement in the business use case and system use case talks about which users use which features and  dependencies between use cases.

I understand that BA role or the processes or the documents that's been employed varies on individual project, organization's style, type of SDLC methodology..

is my understanding anything close to real world BA role..! Please help to understand correct, if I am not. I am hoping to become BA for at least once in my life time.



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