4. Technically skilled. A business analyst who brings technical skills to the table on technical projects is already five steps ahead of the game. This shortens the planning process, helps ensure that better requirements are captured, helps ensure that the tech team is getting the info they need and helps ensure the best solution is chosen for the project – including the technology for that solution.
5. Thinks on their feet. This one overlaps a few of the others already mentioned, but the BA who can think fast on their feet will help the project stay on track…especially when issues are being experienced and critical decisions have to be made when fighting fires. The BA who has the confidence to direct team members without constant interaction with the PM will help the project stay on track and on budget.
Summary / call for input
Ok, this is my five based on many years of project management experience, many years of working with some great business analysts, and sort of a personal wish list built in as well.
How about you – what do you consider to be the top characteristics and skills that great business analysts bring to the table when working on projects with you and for your project clients? Please share your thoughts.
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