What Are the Responsibilities of a Business Analyst


A business analyst (BA) plays an important role in the overall success of an organization. The expectations from a BA vary from one company to another and from one project to another. This article will explain how business analysts drive the revenue of a company.  

Role of a Business Analyst (BA)

A Business Analyst must be someone who can become an ‘intermediary’ in the organization. Each organization operates on the basis of certain business processes. The job of the BA is to ensure these processes are executed smoothly for a given project. The key role of a BA is to create ideas for new processes, improve them, and implement them to ensure the successful progression of the project.

To do this, a BA must have a clear understanding of how the different processes operate in the company along with their limitations so they can detect vulnerabilities and recommend solutions to fix them. As the BA oversees the primary business processes in the organization, they must have strong communication skills and the ability to collaborate with various departments while working on projects of varied nature.

Responsibilities of a Business Analyst

Generally, a business analyst is expected to take over the following responsibilities.

Assess the Requirements

One of the most important responsibilities of a BA is to collaborate with the stakeholders of the project. This can help them understand and analyze their requirements. Business Analysts are often responsible for communicating with all major stakeholders of a project and translating their needs and expectations into a series of strategies and milestones for the project.

Similarly, they have to take input from the developers and get it back to the stakeholders for further discussions on the project. Hence, it is absolutely critical that the BA is able to effectively handle the communication between two parties. Such a role requires strong negotiation and political maneuvering skills.

Formulate Vision

Initially, it may appear as if the BA role is restricted to working only with the software engineering team of the project. It is important to understand that they are also needed to work alongside the stakeholders, consumers, and the business professionals to come up with the project’s vision. Moreover, they have to finalize the scope and timeframe of the project. Among the chief BA objectives is to convert the project goal into a strategy.

Provide Presentations

It is necessary for businesses to not only develop but also offer high-quality presentations on application design, business requirement, project status, and other critical factors. One of the chief responsibilities of the BA is to increase the confidence of the relevant stakeholders through the presentation which can have a positive impact on the project as well as the overall business growth.

Explain the Details

Among the central responsibilities of a BA is their duty to explain all details to the concerned parties. This includes the evaluation of the requirements and ensuring that the implementation team carries all the necessary and complete details for the implementation of a process.  They have to work with different consumers and stakeholders so they can guarantee their requirements, offer their knowledge, and explain to them what they plan to build.

In a traditional business environment, this phase is incorporated when the project is being started and it can contain the analysis of whether or not the project should be funded. Sometimes, this phase is initiated later once the stakeholder’s trust has been established.

With respect to the project’s details, the BA also needs a specification or data model. Irrespective of what the BA plans select to mention, the phase has to be completed after the stakeholders have provided their signatures on the agreement which mentions what they want to implement, while the developers should know about the project’s design and implementation strategy.

Today, most companies let this phase take off with an iterative strategy. What this means is that the BA creates the functional requirements and specifications which require the approval of the business, followed by the acknowledgment of the development team.

Assist the Project Implementation

The BAs who are assigned to the implementation stage has to support it in its entire life cycle. Usually, the implementation phase does not require the involvement of a BA, though it is possible if they are carrying out extra project roles.

If an issue emerges suddenly during the implementation, then the BAs are required to address the new challenges. They may have to provide their input in a meeting for problem-solving to determine how to tackle the new technology-related limitations for the completion of certain requirements.

Decide on the Requirements

The responsibility to ensure that the end product is successfully completed falls into the hands of the BA. They have to decide what exactly does the project do and how will it function. Business analysts use the term functional requirement for what the project should do while they use the term non-functional for how should it work. Both of these requirements help to outline the capabilities of the finished product or service. When these categories are improved, non-functional requirements receive greater emphasis with the passage of time. This is because after the product is set up in its real environment, the focus should be on the metrics which can help to increase its value.

Do You Want to Know Successful Metrics of Your Project ?
Our clients say
Esteban Cascante
Project Manager Sweet Rush

I wanted to personally thank you for your hard work on this. Working with CodeIT turned out to be a really pleasant experience for us.

Since the beginning, your team seemed to be really well structured and everyone understood its role and responsibilities.
Also, the quality of the work CodeIt delivered was exactly what we expected it to be.
This really facilitated our daily work and help us to keep the client happy.
I hope this first experience working together help us to build a long-term partnership.

Vikas Singla, COO at Teknas Inc
Vikas Singla
COO Teknas

Collaboration with CodeIT gave my business great prospects for its expansion and scaling. Together with CodeIT professionals, we grew our product line from three to fourteen products within only one year. I can rely on these guys to get a high-quality product on time.

Thanks, V

Paul Marcus
CEO PitchPersonal

I have worked with CodeIT for over a year now on a complex application development project and they have been excellent. They have been flexible with scaling resources up and down as I’ve needed it, their project managers have been extremely responsive and I hear from them every day and never have to wonder where they are as I have with past outsourcing projects. Highly recommended if you’re considering outsourcing software development.

Keith Lammon
VP Urethanesupply

I posted this project and within minutes guys from CodeIT bid on the project. I asked a few questions through Skype to feel confident that they could do the job. I felt comfortable with the knowledge and skills and accepted their offer. I am usually hesitant to hire from offshore. Not because of the work quality but, usually the language barrier and working hours. Guys from CodeIT was available during NY working hours and after pre-screening on Skype, I could tell they know English well.

Andrew Pickin
CEO Stilgiyin.com

CodeIT has been working for us for one and a half years. We are ending the project now because it is complete. CodeIT built our platform from scratch and also provided further development and support for the rest of the contract. They are very strong in several areas: back-end development (specialising in Zend Framework); front-end development; server administration; project management. Their project managers speak excellent English and are courteous and professional. Their developers are fast and skilled, and up to date with the latest technologies. Their expertise helped us to build a highly reliable website which can serve a heavy load of traffic. Finally, they are all very nice people, and I cannot recommend them highly enough.

Misha Milshtein
Director of Engineering and Development Sweet Rush

This was our first project, and I am so happy that it had a smooth run and a successful resolution.
I sincerely hope that this is just the first step in our long and mutually amiable partnership.

Thank you CodeIT team for being so thorough and professional.

Mikael Svensson, CIO at SST Net
Mikael Svensson
CIO SST NET

This was the biggest project I’ve made so far and CodeIT helped me and our company through it in a perfect way.

Working with one very skilled project manager and multiple developers and testers with him made our project fly in a very short period of time, and with a super high quality!

Quote Request

Feel free to contact us. We will answer all your questions and provide you with fast and thorough feedback.

.doc(x), .pages, .xls(x), .numbers, .pdf, .jpg, .png file types are supported.
By clicking the “Send” Button I confirm, that I have read and agree to the Privacy Policy