SIGIA-L Mail Archives: SIGIA-L: RE: Another Perspective on Pete
SIGIA-L: RE: Another Perspective on Peter's BA Definition
Date: Thu Nov 29 2001 - 12:36:29 EST
Sean's Points are valid regarding 'content for consumers' web sites;
however, when developing web-enabled applications for internal clients (as I
am currently doing), the clients that the BA interacts with are
representatives from the end user / SME's camp. In my situation Peter's
definition is right on the money, and I would add that the BA's primary
responsibility is to gather functionality requirements (based on business
process & workflow) AND turn those requirements into Use Cases and
Requirements Definition Docs. Certainly the Use Case creation(Visio process
flow chart with user does "x" system responds with "y") is often an IA
responsibility in other companies [and requirements gathering can be either
Product Management or IA].
I, for one, am thankful to have the BA's begin the "Cat Hearding" process
before I attempt to design any wireframes or site maps [although these
activities may happen concurrently, especially with regard to prototyping a
navigation schema - if you get too far ahead of the completion of the BA
process; however, excessive revision is almost guaranteed].
My Two Cents,
>>Peter' BA Def. For Reference:
How about this job description for a "business analyst"?
"The Business Analyst acts as the primary
liaison between the Information Services department
and the end-user community. The position will work
closely with a team of business analysts and project
managers to support a specific functional area of the
organization. The consultant functions the analyst
needs to work closely with the end-user to understand,
define and innovate business processes, as well as
identify and implement technology solutions that
enable the users to perform those business processes
The analyst must work closely with system
development and operation resources to ensure those
technology solutions meet business requirements. "
Sounds very much like IA to me...
Robert E. Dornbush, Jr.
UI Analysis / Designer
GE Power Systems
desk - 678 844 4625
cell - 678 640 9980
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