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11 September 2007

The Business Analyst as Senior User

Here is a concept from Prince 2 care of Max Wideman’s project management site.

“The Senior User is responsible for the specification of the needs of all those who will use the product(s), commitment of any required user resources, for user liaison with the project team and for monitoring that the solution will meet those needs within the constraints of the Business Case in terms of quality, functionality and ease of use.”

Additionally, Agile projects pair programmers up with business users who sit there to articulate requirements and offer feedback to design decision and solution construction as they go.

Naturally businesses that have the good sense to have business analysts on board will use the BA in this role rather than an actual frontline user as BA’s have a better ability to analyse and articulate ideas.

So, Business Analysts can be viewed as senior users, right?


What do the project managers that visit this site have to say about that idea? Especially when it comes to user acceptance testing?