As the information technology industry matures, so does the discipline of business analysis. If we take the foundation of the IIBA in 2003 as a starting point, business analysis has been a distinct discipline for about a decade. Given that business analysis is experiencing record demand in hiring (recent US Bureau of Labor Statistics) many new practitioners are entering the field and need to be mentored and coached in the latest best practices if they are to be effective. Further, even experienced business analysts need to constantly expand their professional knowledge and experience.
This increased importance of this discipline raises many questions for an organization. How can you ensure that all business analysts are “on the same page”? What is needed to mature a business analysis organization? How does the overarching organization measure the level of maturity for various people within the BA organization? How can new business analysts be on-boarded effectively?
There are basically two approaches to answering these questions. The first is to ensure all BAs are well-trained, using the same methods consistently and exchanging ideas and best practices regularly. The other, which is especially critical in large organizations, is to create a Business Analysis Center of Excellence. You can read more about creating a Business Analysis Center of Excellence here: http://www.seilevel.com/services/solutions/building-a-business-analysis-center-of-excellence/.
Learn more about how Seilevel can help with either of these approaches to business analysis maturity – contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.