What would the Business Analyst role be without a commitment to constant improvement and evolution? A little hypocritical, probably. This ability to embrace change and work nimbly are assets for any BA, which makes the Agile methodology a crucial framework for all of us.
In this article, we’ll examine the importance of the agile methodology for Business Analysts, why it’s beneficial (for each party) if we work in an Agile framework, and how to become certified as an Agile BA.
If you’re brand new to Agile, please don’t be intimidated. I break it all down in my Agile Fundamentals course. Take a look!
The Agile Mindset in Business Analysis
Believe it or not, the Agile Mindset was implemented because a group of people in the software industry grew tired of poor project results and project failure rates due to rigid frameworks and inefficient processes. They set out to implement change in a better, more efficient and, overall, successful way. It was from this group that the Agile framework was born.
The Benefits of Working in Agile
To work in an Agile Mindset means being able to respond rapidly to changes in information, situations, and needs. It means being nimble and finding solutions and success even in uncertain and turbulent environments. How can we accomplish this?
Increased Efficiency and Results
Well, first of all, being agile entails much more than being fast. It’s about transparent and valuable communication occurring among all teams and within each iteration of the project. It also involves being effective in your solutions while minimizing risks and costs. Finally, it also comes with a people-focused approach. Agile encourages the individuals within the team(s) to be motivated through transparency, accountability, and increased autonomy.
Agile BA’s Make More Money
Need another reason to adopt an agile mentality? According to Glassdoor, the average salary of an Agile Business Analyst in the United States is $81,305. Not bad at all.
This, of course, ranges depending on a number of factors, including your country and level of experience, to name a few factors. Business Analysts boasting more certifications under their belt can often request higher salaries, too.
As you can see, there are many reasons why a Business Analyst should adopt the Agile framework. Not only will it offer clear benefits for you as you work on a daily basis, it also offers your employer more valuable solutions, and can help you as you grow in your career.
How to Become Certified as an Agile Business Analyst
There are ways to take initiative and become more knowledgeable about the Agile framework on your own. The International Institute of Business Analysis offers the Agile Analysis Certification. It’s best to prepare for the qualification exam ahead of time – which, I know, can seem daunting – , but don’t worry, I break down the concepts you need to know in the Agile Extension of the IIBA Agile Analysis Certification in my course here.
If you have an open mind, are eager to drive efficiency in your own practices, and want to excel in the Business Analyst role, the agile mindset is something you should be exploring. Need another reason to invest your professional development in Agile?
Here are two:
- Over 70% of Business Analyst professionals utilize Agile concepts every day.
- Business Analysts who do practice the agile framework earning 16% more than those who don’t practice it.
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– Written by Jeremy Aschenbrenner, The BA Guide