Category Archives: Business Analyst Definitions

Business Analyst interaction with Stakeholder

Who is a stakeholder and what is his role in the life of a Business Analyst?

Business analyst’s relation with Stake holder and other team members is very important for a successful output of the project.  Well, here we need to ask a question to our self. We all know who are team members means, they can be developers, testers or management who interact with each other through out the process of project development and implementation.

Now who is a stakeholder and what is his or her role in a organization?

Stake holder can be a person or an organization or a team of people or even employees of a company who can effect the project with their decision or can be effected by change in the project. An accounts team who will sponsor the project can also be a stakeholder.

The top management who will decide or approve or disapprove every change in the project can be a stake holder. So it is very important for a Business analyst to maintain a healthy relationship with stakeholders and other team members of the project.

This will ensure a smooth process flow towards achieving the goal. I hope now you got a clear understanding of what is a stake holder and its importance in the company. If you have any questions please feel free to shoot in the below comments section.

How to gather requirements?

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Requirements gathering is not as tough as the name sounds. In fact it is a job that needs some or none technical knowledge and a reasonable business knowledge with good communication skills (Both written and Oral).  When it comes to requirements, simply think about a builder that you hired to build your new house. What does the builder do when he first approach you?

He will ask you several questions such as ‘How many bed rooms you need?’, ‘How many bath rooms you need?’ etc… these are nothing but requirements for the new house.

In the same way, a Business Analyst or Requirements Analyst will talk to the business owner and ask him several questions or simply take the notes of his requirements for the new business or some modification to the existing business etc..

These requirements can be taken as a rough copy in a note book or computer while the business is speaking. After the meeting, the requirement Analyst will make them into a fair copy by adding some detail explanation so that every one in the organization can understand them. We will see more about the sample documentation of Requirements template in next session.