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What does a Business Analyst do on Scrum Team?

What does a Business Analyst do on


Scrum Team?
BY SATISHA VENKATARAMAIAH /  SUNDAY, 04 NOVEMBER 2018 /  PUBLISHED IN AGILE AND SCRUM

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What is Business Analysis?

Per BABOK v3, the Business analysis is the practice of enabling change in an enterprise by
de ning needs and recommending solutions that deliver value to stakeholders. Business
analysis enables an enterprise to articulate needs and the rationale for change and to
design and describe solutions that can provide value.

Change is de ned as the act of transformation in response to a need. Need is a problem or


opportunity to be addressed. A solution is a speci c way of satisfying one or more needs in
a context. Value is the worth, importance, or usefulness of something to a stakeholder
within a context.

In simple words, Business Analysis is creatively solving user’s problems through solutions
that generate value for all stakeholders (users as well as the organization building the
solution). Business Analysis the process of uncovering the current state from di erent
perspectives( customers, users, and organization) and determine activities required to
evolve towards the future state.

Who is a Business Analyst?

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A Business Analyst is a person with appropriate skills to perform Business Analysis.
Business Analysts are responsible for:
• understanding enterprise problems and goals, 
• analyzing needs and solutions,
• devising strategies,
• driving solution development, and
• facilitating stakeholder engagement and collaboration.

A Business Analyst should have the following skills to be an e ective one:


• Creative Thinking,
• Decision Making,
• Problem Solving,
• Systems Thinking,
• Business Acumen, and 
• Facilitation

What happens to Business Analysis when organization’s adopt Scrum?

Per IIBA BABOK, there are six knowledge areas. Let’s explore who does what w.r.t these
knowledge areas.
• Business Analysis Planning and Monitoring: Organizing and coordinating the e ort of
Business Analysis. This activity is something a Product Owner is responsible for while they
can take the help of the development team.

• Elicitation and Collaboration: Collaborating with stakeholders to uncover needs


through interaction, research, experiments, etc. This activity is one of the signi cant
responsibilities of a Product Owner.

• Requirements Life Cycle Management: Continuously managing and maintaining the


requirements from inception to retirement. A Product Owner is responsible for managing
the Product Backlog throughout the life cycle of the product.

• Strategy Analysis: Analyzing the strategic needs from the organizational perspective and
aligning the Business Analysis activities to the strategy. Product Owners are not only
responsible for aligning product development activities to strategy but also de ne strategy.

• Requirements Analysis and Design De nition: Analysing user needs, devising solutions
and running experiments to verify and validate the requirements and solution. This activity
is a shared responsibility of Product Owner and development team.
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• Solution Evaluation: Performation problem/solution t to make sure that users needs
are met by the solution and all the stakeholders gain value. Product Owner is responsible
for maximizing the value of work done by the team.

If you notice, most of the work done by the Business Analysts maps to Product Owner
responsibility. However, Product Owners do much more than what a Business Analysts do.

How do Business Analysts compare to the role of a Product Owner?

Product Owner Responsibilities in a nutshell

The Product Owner is responsible for maximizing the return on investment (ROI) of the
product by creatively solving the user’s problem while strategically helping business
succeed. They are responsible for uncovering user needs through experiments and
deciding the priorities of features to be built every Sprint.Let's
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strategically position the product achieve product/market t and design the business
model to help the organization achieve revenue and margin goals.

What is the role of a Business Analyst on a …

Satisha Venkataramaiah explaining how a BA role maps to that of a Product Owner.

Business Analysis covers only creative part of Product Ownership (Product Design and
Development). A Business Analysts will have to learn Product Strategy and Product
Marketing skills and take on that responsibility to scale as a Product Owner.

Can a Business Analyst become a Scrum Master?

Well, Business Analysts belong to Product Management profession whereas a Scrum


Master belongs to the coaching/facilitation profession. If a BA becomes a Scrum Master, it
would be a change of profession. However, Business Analysts have two critical skills
required for a Scrum Master; Systems Thinking and Facilitation. Both Business Analysts and
Scrum Masters work transformation, a Business Analyst on Business whereas a Scrum
Master on team’s capability. A good Business Analyst can undoubtedly be a good Scrum
Master if they can acquire coaching skills.

How much salary does a PO get in India?

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course and to learn about Scrum Master role, join our Certi ed Scrum Master course.

Satisha K Venkataramaiah has worked as a Business Analyst and is working as Product


Owner at leanGears building products for startups and product managers.

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ABOUT SATISHA VENKATARAMAIAH


He is the CEO of leanGears and Leanpitch. He is a multidimensional professional who as a
Product Owner builds products for Startups and Product Managers, as a Co-Active Coach
coaches people on their life and as Scrum Alliance Certi ed Scrum Trainer conducts CSM and
CSPO workshops. Contact him if you need help with Product Management, Scrum, Startups or need coaching on life.

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