Join Haydn Thomas for an in-depth discussion in this video On agile project management and business analysis, part of Insights from a Business Analyst.
As a business analyst there'll be times where you work with different project management methodologies. There's the waterfall approach and the agile approach. When it comes to agile, those are organizations that are moving fast, their features, in fact, are moving really quickly, they're constantly having to get to market a lot quicker. So, as a business analyst we can actually do the role is similar. We're eliciting information, but the process in which we're doing that is different. We don't have big, long times to do it. We do it in very succinct chunkable pieces, similar to when Facebook wants to change a particular feature in there.
They might actually create an agile team and there's a business analyst, you'll have the subject matter expert, you'll have the technical person there, you'll have the product owner and you're collectively all getting the information at the same time and hearing the same information. It's a way in which you can actually get the product through the door a lot quicker. So your role there is to basically be the conduit between all of these key stakeholders, but they're predominantly in the same room. And at the end of it, you're always looking for a marketable feature, something that you can physically deliver in a very short period of time.
And that's where agile project management assists around the world, but more importantly, as a business analyst, we're making sure that we're getting the right people in the room, at the right time so at the end of it we actually have the right thing to deliver.