Is the framework right for your project?
The project management framework does more than help you set milestones. Paul Neber, business development director at Parallel Project Training, writes that they help you understand how to build your team and determine your role. Each structure has its advantages and disadvantages and your role may vary slightly depending on which one you choose.
Waterfall: What role does BA play?
Waterfall projects run sequentially. A task does not begin until the previous task is completed. These projects often involve external stakeholders who have to approve team decisions at each stage.
In the smartsheet Kate EB describes how waterfalls are a traditional form of project management where everything runs in a predictable order.
If your company chooses this project management framework, your role may involve research, concentration, and communication. You have a big role to play at the beginning of the project, Mary K. Pratt and Sarah K. White wrote for CIO, because you’ll be busy collecting user requirements for your developers.
Quickly: What role do BAs play?
Quick projects are fast and flexible, and project needs always come first This means that these projects do not depend on a formal structure, set team and defined role. If the product demands something new, the team responds on the fly.
Quick projects do not work like other projects and this is both an advantage and a risk. Bob Kanter, founder of Kanter Consulting Group, writes that agile projects are like experiments, and sometimes, they disprove the assumption. Forget that basic dynamic, and you’re just running a traditional project with a different name.
As a BA in an agile project, you can gather data about the market segment you are hoping to reach and analyze as you move forward to make sure you are solving the right problem in the right way. If you see a discrepancy, you can guide the team to the correct solution.
Quick teams are small but closely allied. Choose the type of project, and you will work very closely with your colleagues while interacting with external stakeholders sporadically.
Scrum: What role do BAs play?
Scrum projects are quite similar to their clever parts, but they depend on specific roles, teams, and schedules.
Scrums are then tested, depending on the two- or four-week sprint. At the end of each sprint, stakeholders gather to determine what will happen next and a new cycle begins. This method depends on a Scrum Master, and as a BA you are qualified to handle that role. As business analyst blogger Joe Barrios writes, BAs must “solve problems and overcome obstacles.” This is what a Scrum Master does.
In a Scrum project, you can:
Schedule daily, short meetings to keep the team on track.
Set the sprint deadline.
Collect feedback at the end of each sprint.
Maintain a log of all requirements for your effective product, including functions, features and enhancements.
Lean: What role do BAs play?
The Lean Project Management Framework was born out of the need to take additional steps and eliminate complexity from product development. Instead of rushing to develop a project with lots of features, a sign-up team and a sided team, companies quickly move on to creating a stripe-down product on the timeline.
Defining value is an important part of a lean project, and value is determined by the customer (not your team). In Kissflow, Murtaza Khalil explains that teams must evaluate their work and that they often use surveys, polls or interviews to keep the customer’s voice in the conversation. As a BA, you can collect and analyze those responses for your team.
Also, the analysis you do – both in the market and in the potential customer – gives you an in-depth idea of what the product should do and how it should work. As production progresses it can help you prevent feature crops.