Business analysis as a profession might be at risk. Business analysis as a critical function within any organization is a crucial activity that has to be done by someone wearing the BA hat.
What is business analysis about and why do we need more people involved in it?
Strategic, Tactical, and Operational Business Analysis are three distinct levels within an organization. Although they are all called business analysis, there are significant differences in the breadth and depth of the tools and techniques necessary to support each.
Operational Business Analysis is heavily used at the application level by Agile teams, by developers performing business analysis activities, and by administrators of packaged soctware.
Strategic Business Analysis (aka “Enterprise Analysis”) applies the tools of techniques germane to business analysis to an entire organization or any subset thereof. It is an essential step in intiating positive change within an organization.
Tactical Business Analysis is applied within a project to ensure that the product is well defined and understood both by those who need the produce and by those who build/buy the product. In an Agile environment, it is used primarily during release, iteration, and sprint planning sessions.
Strategic business analysis is exclusively a busienss function and should be executed by the business community. Tactical business analysis within a project can also be executed by the business community, but the IT group will do it in self-defense if they do not get good requirements from the SMEs. Operational business analysis is generally an IT function.