Business Analyst Interview Question: What would you consider to be your typical Business Analyst project approach?
The first thing I do as part of my Business Analyst project approach is identify the stakeholders and project sponsors, since I will ultimately answer to them. If it’s a new project, I will establish a project charter. This document lists the stakeholders, the participating teams, a description of the overall solution, and the time frame.
Next, I will work with business stakeholders to identify high level business needs and then the more detailed business requirements. I would run meetings, conduct interviews, review documents, and perform whatever other activities are necessary to understand the needs of the business.
I would manage the requirements in a dedicated tool if one is available. If one isn’t available I would use something simple like Excel. While gathering the requirements I would work with the client to prioritize them. That way I have a better idea of what to implement first if the project requires a multi-phased approach. I would also update, add, and delete requirements as we get closer to the requirements finish line. Additionally, I would create use cases to serve as scenarios that demonstrate the requirements in action.
During this time it’s important to work with the project manager to make sure we are in alignment on requirement priorities, project phases, and feasibility of meeting the schedule.
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Once the requirements are complete and signed off, I would work with technical staff. We would need to make sure that the requirements are properly reflected in software designs and ultimately in the software code itself. I would be available to answer questions and explain business needs and context as needed. I would also contribute my expertise to help software testers build their test cases. In addition, I would capture any missed requirements and the reasons for why they were missed, and work with the business and project manager to resolve the problem.
As the software solution enters final testing, I would come ready with user acceptance criteria. This helps the development team validate that their code traces back properly to all of their requirements. If the code fails the acceptance criteria I work with the development team to bring the code into compliance. Otherwise I work with the business to provide final sign off for code implementation.
When an interviewer asks you about your typical Business Analyst project approach, they are probing to see whether you understand the day-to-day processes that a Business Analyst undertakes. That includes activities you can support after your requirements are complete.
They’re not really looking to hear about specific projects you have worked on in the past. Nevertheless, if you can frame a past project in a way that shows your understanding of what a project entails then by all means use it. Just make sure you hit the important notes and milestones.
What is your typical Business Analyst project approach? Leave your thoughts in the comments!