Top 3 activities for a Business Analyst in Discovery

In at the deep end

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So, you’ve just heard you’re going to be the Business Analyst on an Agile team that’s going in to a Discovery and it’s your first one.  For my first Discovery, it was daunting let me tell you. I already knew quite a few tools and techniques a BA should use during the lifecycle of a project, but what ones do I use that are particular to a Discovery phase? And where do I focus my time and efforts in what is normally a time-constrained phase?

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One giant leap – from a Business Analyst in the public sector to IT consultant

Are you, or have you been in a situation where you feel that your career as a BA is a bit ‘on hold’? Could be that you found yourself on a project where the BA role is misunderstood so you’re just managing risk logs (for example). Or your service is in Beta with very little product development going on and you’re actually a service manager responding to issues from users?

I was in a similar position and as a civil servant for 14 years, with the last 5 as a Business Analyst, the decision to move to an IT consultancy was a big one. No, change that, it was huge!

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