Key sets of BA: analysis and communication techniques

Business Analyst’s knowledge can keep afloat even entangled project with a number of problems. What skills make Business Analyst a software project’s superhero?

Analytical skills

Business Analyst takes part in the software development process since the initial stage providing needful project analysis on different levels. Working on Business-level, Software-level and Information-level require a set of analytical skills:

  • Critical thinking
    Critical thinking is helpful in considering goals and needs, problem-solving and decision-making when BA has to choose one option from many. Business Analysts should apply a critical thinking approach to all sides of the project – business, technology, end-users, etc.
  • Analytical thinking
    Different analysis techniques like textual and visual models, scope of work evaluation and writing of requirements’ documents help Business Analysts provide efficient work within a project. An analytical mind is also a key to problem-solving. Analysis of various factors helps to find the best solutions and prevent potential problems in the provided context.
  • Technical knowledge
    Basic IT knowledge helps Business Analysts to have a clear vision of further software development process. When BA knows tech stack and programming principles, he easily writes technical documentation and discusses possible tech solutions with software engineers.

Communication skills

Business Analysts spend a great part of time communicating with project stakeholders. They expect continuous support from BA within a project. BA can use various communication techniques including Discussion and Requirements Review Sessions. Work meetings, business correspondence and documentation writing require a set of communication skills.

  • Spoken interaction
    Everyday Business Analyst conveys a huge amount of requirements, ideas and opinions using verbal communication. The ability to ask the right questions and answer them correctly helps BA to understand all stakeholders’ needs. Verbal communication is also a key skill for arranging audio conferences and calls when information is perceived only by ear.
  • Written communication
    Business communication using e-mail, Skype or other tools requires literacy and structured writing. Business Analyst is also responsible for writing different types of project documentation including project vision, user stories, business requirements, test cases, etc. Business Analysts should be self-restrained delivering written project information so that a reader can clearly understand it.
  • Listening
    Besides a clear explanation of his own thoughts, Business Analysts should be able to listen to others. Spoken interaction skills are more effective in conjunction with listening skills. Being a good and involved listener helps to gather and use actual information within the project. Good listening skills help BA to build honest relationships between stakeholders understanding the context of the project.
  • Interpersonal skills
    Personality in business is as important as in friendship. Emotional intelligence, time management and the way you solve problems significantly affect communication. Business Analyst should keep calm resolving conflict situations. He should be also equipped with organizational and project management skills to deal with multitasking easily and guide development team during the project.

Exposit also engages skilled Business Analysts to conduct requirements analysis, make project decomposition, evaluation or provide you with other needful services. In case you need a team with BA, we are always ready to help.