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New Post 11/30/2015 4:43 AM
User is offline Victor Chase
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Wanted: BAs who understand 1:M relations  

It might very well be just a co-incidence.  If so, please let me know.  But....   I've been noticing lately that prospective contract clients are more and more looking for BAs who can actually normalise data to a standard 3NF  schema or at least understand what a one-to-many relation is.  
Maybe I'm reading too much into it, but I find this hilarious!
Can someone really call themselves a BA and not know how to design a normalised schema?  

Why is it only now that I'm noticing it being asked for?  
Is anyone else noticing this?
Is it a side effect of  the so called 'NoSQL' trend?
A side effect of over-Agility, UX at the expense of IA, failing to map and validate stories, business functions, processes to data?
Is the BA role being re-understood?  

Am I reading too much into it?

New Post 12/13/2015 8:54 AM
User is offline Adrian M.
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Re: Wanted: BAs who understand 1:M relations  

Hi Victor,

Great observation and questions!

From my vantage point, this is probably a factor of the path one takes to become a "Business Analyst".  I've seen many business analysts with a variety of experiences and skills.  Broadly speaking there there tend to be two types of BAs: those coming from the business/operations/process side and those coming from IT with a more technical background.

Traditionally, most folks in the BA role came from IT and worked on IT projects but in the recent years a greater focus has been put on the "business" side and many business people have moved into the BA role without much technical experience (ex: programming, SQL, data modeling, etc.).

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New Post 12/30/2015 5:03 AM
User is offline MCG
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Re: Wanted: BAs who understand 1:M relations  

I come from a developer background (and am currently in search of a new role).  Lots of positions are asking for SQL skills.  Personally, having database design skills during my BA career has been enormously helpful.  I don't see how one can write great requirements/ processes without understanding the 1:N concept.  This is a VERY important concept to a developers/ architects/ systems people. 

I've heard business analysts called glorified note takers.  Understanding the 1:N idea if you are from a business or technical perspective or background should be foundational.  It may come more innately for people coming from a technical path since it is part of basic database design 101.  Not providing documentation with this in mind does a disservice to the rest of the team.

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