It's vital for Business Analysts and Solution Architects to have the right skill sets. To excel in today's fast paced and collaborative environments, they must be quick learners, be great communicators, and have strong analytic skills.
Consistent project success requires your organization have a systematic approach to eliciting, organizing and documenting the system requirements, and establishing and maintaining agreement between the customer and the project team on changing requirements.
As the saying goes, pictures tell the story. Having the right visual models will help your team connect the systems and simplify the IT landscape by helping you stitch the proper design patterns and illuminating common components and business logic.
Ensuring that all stakeholders have a clear understanding of the requirements is a leading factor for project success. Everything revolves around these, irregardless of the methodology you follow. Misinterpretation of requirements by different stakeholders is a recipe for churn, confusion, defects, project delays, and disappointed business sponsors.
Misalignment will occur when the requirements gathering process results in misunderstandings of the business needs. The commonly cited reasons are that the requirements gathering participants lacked proper domain knowledge, or key SME resources don't have sufficient time to work with the team responsible for documenting the scoping deliverables. Applying the proper scoping methodology and proper utilization of key resources are key ingredients for ensuring stakeholders are properly aligned with the project scope.
Systems over time have become overly complex due to constant change and adaptation to new technologies. Today's rapid-fire innovations using cloud, mobile, analytics, etc., offer great opportunities to overhaul legacy systems. Unfortunately many organizations face major hurdles adopting new technologies due to architecture impediments imposed from heavily customized applications, complex interactions, security vulnerabilities, and scalability constraints.
A common challenge occurs when stakeholders assume their expectations are covered by the project scope and then realize their needs aren't completely met so push to expand the previously agreed upon scope. Expanding scope can negatively impact quality of work when the team must cut corners to accommodate additional unplanned work. Another ailment is when prioritization of needs shift. Strategies for avoiding scope creep can help your organization avoid project churn and lower development costs.
To thrive, businesses require open ecosystems. Convoluted systems with customized quirks become increasingly hard to maintain as the system adapts to new requirements. Many times bad processes aren't weeded out with new enhancements. It's essential as systems change to keep the processes that you like and eliminate those you don't and to develop the simplest solution that meets the business need.