Daily Life of a Business Analyst @Proxym

Daily Life of a Business Analyst @Proxym

As the world around us evolves, businesses have a growing need to adapt to what’s going on around them. Additionally, there is a greater urgency for rapid change to keep up with the speed at which technology advances. Therefore, a Business Analyst’s role is becoming increasingly more necessary to businesses.

There are many fascinating tasks for a Business Analyst to carry out and two days are rarely the same. One of your primary responsibilities is to obtain information about the business. Armed with this information, you must work out what tasks to carry out to achieve business goals.

Being a Business Analyst is incredibly different.  Not only do you get to schedule your own tasks for a given day, the way you carry them out are entirely up to you.  If you feel like being a social butterfly eliciting requirements one day and a hermit completing busy work tasks the next, the flexibility is yours.  It is your puzzle to put together and every day, as well as every project, is different.

But it’s not all about conducting interviews. Reading and observing what is going on throughout the business are alternative ways to absorb this information. The more creative you can be in gathering the details you need, the better you will be at your job.

ONE TITLE, MANY VARYING RESPONSIBILITIES

What I found was while the title of Business Analyst is commonly utilized, the roles and responsibilities of that title can change drastically from company to company. 

Some Business Analysts are in very technical roles, while others are strictly working on the business side.  Some are heavy into defining and adjusting process flows, while others are designing technical solutions to solve business needs

The sweeping range of possibilities intrigued me and made me feel comfortable that regardless of my future interests, I could find a Business Analyst role to keep me enthused.  Looking back years later, I was right!

A TYPICAL DAY FOR PROXYM BUSINESS ANALYST

😊 With the good feeling and the great Smile 😊, a typical day might see you in an early morning team meeting, discussing their needs and objectives. Later on, working out what is required for them to achieve their goals. All the while, you will be accurately documenting your findings and tracking the progress of recommended implementations.

“You will find that more or less everyone in the company knows you or at least knows about you!”

BA’s shouldn’t expect to work incredibly long hours unless a specific implementation is taking a while to put into place. In scenarios like this, working a few extra hours in the evening can make your life easier the next day. The harder work a BA puts in, the more complex projects they will gain exposure to in future. This puts us in an ideal position for advancing the career.

A successful business analyst will use many different creative ways to gather and analyze data.

My day is fast-paced and filled with variety. It starts with a stand-up with the Delivery team where we discuss progress made so far and key deliverables for the day ahead. It’s at this point they’ll raise any issues, or notify me of any information they need from the business to progress. Following this, I’ll have meetings with relevant stakeholders across the business, where I’ll question and probe in a way which will help me understand the requirements and get the answers needed for the Tech team to progress. Once I’ve got that high-level understanding, I’ll refine those requirements into the required deliverables: Business Requirements Document, Functional Specifications Document, Backlog items, Sprint Backlog, User Stories, which the Delivery team will use to build a solution.

I thrive on problem solving, so this role is perfect for me. I love creating solutions, taking risk and commercial impact into consideration. As the link between the business and technical teams, I get two faces into two very different roles, which keeps things interesting and challenging 😉

DIFFERENT EACH DAY

Being a Business Analyst is incredibly different.  Not only do you get to schedule your own tasks for a given day, the way you carry them out are entirely up to you.  If you feel like being a social butterfly eliciting requirements one day and a hermit completing busy work tasks the next, the flexibility is yours.  It is your puzzle to put together and every day, as well as every project, is different.

MY GREAT HAPPINESS

Much of what a Business Analyst does is solving complex business problems.  At a high-level Business Analysts are understanding the pain points, getting the full picture of the current “As-Is” state, breaking down the problem into solvable pieces “To-Be”, designing the solution, and helping to test and implement the solution, which in the end, should solve the initial pain

Besides looking at the final product and realizing what you have helped to achieve, my all-time favorite moment is when users say, with a huge smile 😊, “You can really do that?  That will save me so much time!”

Being able to help others by solving problems and making their jobs easier makes me extremely proud to call myself a Business Analyst.

Author: Saber Jaziri – Senior Business Analyst (PSPO®, PMP®)

Experienced professional with comprehensive strategic planning and implementation skills. Innovative problem solver, with the ability to see the business and technical sides of a problem.

Worked closely with customers and technology services colleagues to develop and execute and deploy the core business solution needed (Smart Gov, Banking, Insurance).

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