ESI International Releases Top 10 Trends in Business Analysis

  ESI International Releases Top 10 Trends in Business Analysis

       Requirements at all levels impact the delivery of business value

Business Wire

ARLINGTON, Va. -- January 8, 2013

ESI International, the world's leading project management training company,
today announced the release of its top 10 trends in business analysis for
2013. This year’s trends highlight the importance of business analysts, as
they are asked to take on broader roles within projects.

“Business architecture projects and the broader acceptance of Agile methods
are forcing business analysts to take on broader project responsibilities,”
said Nancy Y. Nee, Vice President, Global Product Strategy, ESI International.
“With that in mind, we think that 2013 may mark the year when the role of the
BA gets called up into the big leagues.”

ESI’s top 10 trends for business analysis include:

1. The roles of the business analyst and product owner will be solidified and
2. Strong user stories will be the force driving effective requirements
analysis and product backlog prioritization
3. Forget consensus, in 2013 it’s all about collaboration and convergence
4. BAs will become the new PMs through Agile
5. BAs will be seen as the keystone to adopting Agile
6. The U.S. federal government will slowly recognize the value of business
analysis as it moves more toward an Agile environment
7. Strategic enterprise analysis will become the foundation of business
8. BA Centers of Excellence will focus on proving their worth and driving
9. Modeling skills take precedence in business analysis training
10. Communicating “up” will become critical to articulating requirements’
impact on a deliverable

“In 2013, business analysts will sharpen their business acumen and become
responsible for communicating messages up and across an organization,” said
Nee. “They will not only be responsible for the classic “hard” skills, but
also, as Agile is more widely adopted, they will need new, soft skills to
partner more effectively with product owners, stakeholders and other members
of the Agile team.”

ESI’s top 10 trends in business analysis is put together annually by ESI
senior executives and subject matter experts.

In conjunction with the release of the trends, ESI has released a top 10
trends in business analysis video. The video offers a discussion of the
trends, including original insight and information about the trends and their
impact on projects.

About ESI International

ESI, a subsidiary of Informa plc (LSE:INF), is a global project-focused
training company, helping people around the world improve the way they manage
projects, contracts, requirements and vendors through innovative training in
project management, business analysis and contract management. In addition to
ESI’s more than 100 courses delivered in more than a dozen languages at
hundreds of locations worldwide, ESI offers several certificate programs
through our educational partner, The George Washington University in
Washington, D.C. Founded in 1981, ESI’s worldwide headquarters are in
Arlington, Va., USA. To date, ESI’s programs have benefited more than 1.35
million professionals worldwide. For more information visit


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