B1 - The Real Value of Business Analysis - Facilitating Problem Solving

There are many definitions of business analysis and many debates about what we really do. This presentation looks at one view of the real value of business analysis to the business. Starting with the 3 fundamental questions that support all elicitation work; through the answer to the question of who really owns the requirements and the realisation that the business really don’t know what they want we arrive at a new definition of the value of business analysis – that of being facilitators of problem solving.

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Janet Wood has been working in IT for about 40 years and has played all roles from developer through Systems Analyst to Project Manager on projects ranging from small one-person projects to a massive multi-system, multi-vendor project. She worked as a Business Analyst in one of the “Big Four” banks in South Africa for 11 years, working on major projects. She has consulted as a BA Coach and Mentor for the same bank and is available for consulting elsewhere. Janet has been a member of IIBA® (International Institute of Business Analysis) since 2006 and has been active in the local chapter for most of that time. She has been the Chapter President since September 2012. She achieved the IIBA® CBAP® (Certified Business Analysis Professional™) certification in November 2011. In July 2012, she was accepted onto the writing team for version 3 of the Guide to the Business Analysis Body of Knowledge® (BABOK® Guide). What Janet enjoys most about being a BA is the wide scope of the role. She is passionate about Business Analysis and committed to promoting the profession in any way she can.