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Business Analyst

“The most important responsibilities of a business systems analysts are as a communication conduit between the stakeholders and the team,” – Scott Ambler, IBM Methods Group.

The business analyst will negotiate compromises between departments so that the main project is not put in jeopardy. The analyst has to have good negotiation skills so that they recognize strengths and weakness in departments and help them overcome them.

They will do this by developing a rapport with the heads of departments and stakeholders, this will make it easier to bring teams together to complete the tasks at hand.


Tools A Business Analyst Will Use

There are some distinct tools that are used for conveying his plans to the stakeholders and/or end user. These are in diagram(s) form called UML, which stands for Unified Modeling Language. These diagrams were developed by Grady Booch, Ivar Jacobson and Jim Rumbaugh at Rational Software in the 1990’s.

UML’s are used to specify, visualize, modify, construct and document the different stages within the project.

There are a range of 7 different UML diagrams, an Analyst will be trained to use, these are as follows:

  • Use Case Diagrams
  • Interaction Diagrams
  • Activity Diagrams
  • Class Diagrams
  • Sequence Diagrams
  • Component Diagrams
  • Deployment Diagrams
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