The BA Role in a Disruptive Landscape

Lakeshore, Ontario Chapter

Melicia holds a bachelors degree in Computer Science and Philosophy. She successfully completed her masters in Computer-Based Management Information Systems with distinction and received the Graduate Award for Best Project. Melicia holds 2 Graduate Certificates in Project Management and Business Analysis.

Disruption is not nascent. At the apex of digital disruption, it’s no wonder that my thoughts about the future of business analysis are being induced. Many roles once known to be secured have been completely obliterated. Several organizations have participated in a “digital transformation” through the restructuring of roles. For them, agility and workflow fluidity are now part of the fabric of daily operations, with no room for maladaptive business functioning.

As Yvonne Harrison notes in “Can the Business Analyst Survive the Future?”, with (artificial intelligence) now interwoven in strategic decisions, “it’s entirely possible someone will figure out a way for a customer to answer a series of questions and the AI will synthesize the answers and produce a decent specification or set of user stories as an output.”

Undoubtedly, the role of a business analyst is critical to an organization and at the heart of future success. Nonetheless, it cannot remain in the traditional realm and not pose the risk of being annihilated. Traditional jobs are changing to meet the new expectations resulting from the continuous digital disruption and innovation.

For the role of a business analyst to survive, it ought to be transformed in focusing on data, strategy, innovation and value versus only requirements management. The purpose of this …

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