- Analysis is critical to project success, analysts are not, and
- The right degree of up front analysis is not none, but it is not as much as people expect
Scott has a third position;
- The role of the BA is to overcome barriers such as competency and time
I don’t buy that one. While he has some valid points, the BA in an enterprise also plays a legitimate & important role in balancing competing priorities. Scott will say that this is the role of a project sponsor, but in truth senior managers have to delegate.
A BA may – can – and in many cases – should - act as a product owner or sponsor/customer advocate. It’s a natural evolution of many Business Analysts roles.
This adoption of responsibility can be done with or without adopting agile processes and practices. It’s about taking responsibility for project/product outcomes and working with the team on achieving them.