The Business Analyst in an Agile organization
Last Thursday night, the Vancouver IIBA (International Institute of Business Analysis) Chapter had a packed room for their monthly meeting to learn a little about how the role of the Business Analyst (BA) changes in an agile organization.
Unlike the project manager, the BA is rarely talked about when introducing Scrum or other agile frameworks. Although the title graphic may suggest a bleak future for the BA, this is not true. As we discussed, the product owner role in larger organizations is rarely a single isolated individual for each team, but rather a member of a team responsible for the stewardship of the product. The Business Analyst is a key member of the team.
Even better news for BAs eyeing their first agile transition, as the recent 2013 State of Scrum survey tells us, just 24% of Scrum teams have a formal, functioning Product Owner role, with 22% reporting no Product Owner at all. There is plenty of opportunity there, if you know where to look and what to do.