Project Management

BA Trends for 2011

Glenn R. Brûlé, CBAP

Today’s business realities demand a better balance of soft and technical skills from business analysts, according to a global panel of senior executives and consultants asked to identity the Top 10 Trends for the discipline.

To achieve organizational goals within the fast paced, highly demanding business environment of 2011, requirements management and development (RMD) — also known as business analysis — a better balance between technical and soft skills will separate the leaders from the rest of the pack.

Over the next year, market opportunities and rapid technological developments will result in greater demand from organizations for the specialized skill sets of requirements management and development professionals. For business analysts, slow and steady will win the race as they bring their output into a better balance between soft and technical business analysis skills to demonstrate their true value to the organization.

This theme is reflected throughout the 2011 Top 10 trends for RMD or business analysis, which were determined by a global panel of ESI International senior executives and consultants, and were announced today.

1. Business architecture will be the primary focus for business analysts. In 2011, the business analyst will place primary focus on business architecture. The BA’s critical thinking ability and unique skills set …

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