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Top 10 Trends in Business Analysis

Manufacturing Group | January 16, 2013

Requirements at all levels impact the delivery of business value.

Officials from ESI International release their Top 10 Trends in Business Analysis for 2013. This year’s trends highlight the importance of business analysts, as they are taking on broader roles within projects.

“Business architecture projects and the broader acceptance of Agile methods are forcing business analysts to take on broader project responsibilities,” states Nancy Y. Nee, vice president, global project strategy, ESI International. “With that in mind, we think that 2013 may mark the year when the role of the BA gets called up into the big leagues.”

ESI’s Top 10 Trends for Business Analysis include:

  1. The roles of the business analyst and product owner will be solidified and respected
  2. Strong user stories will be the force driving effective requirements analysis and product backlog prioritization
  3. Forget consensus, in 2013 it’s all about collaboration and convergence
  4. BAs will become the new PMs through Agile
  5. BAs will be seen as the keystone to adopting Agile
  6. The U.S. federal government will slowly recognize the value of business analysis as it moves more toward an Agile environment
  7. Strategic enterprise analysis will become the foundation of business architecture
  8. BA Centers of Excellence will focus on proving their worth and driving innovation
  9. Modeling skills take precedence in business analysis training
  10. Communicating up will become critical to articulating requirements’ impact on a deliverable

“In 2013, business analysts will sharpen their business acumen and become responsible for communicating messages up and across an organization,” Nee says. “They will  not only be responsible for the classic “hard” skills, but also, as Agile is more widely adopted, they will need new, soft skills to partner more effectively with product owners, stakeholders and other members of the Agile team.”

ESI’s Top 10 Trends in Business Analysis is put together annually by ESI senior executives and subject matter experts.

In conjunction with the release of the trends, ESI has released a Top 10 Trends in Business Analysis video. The video offers a discussion of the trends, including original insight and information about the trends and their impact on projects.

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