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It’s a Tough Job but Someone’s Gotta Do It, Pt. II. How Jama Helps Business Analysts

Marc Oppy | June 19, 2015

What’s on the Business Analyst’s wish list? Oh, plenty of illogical, unreasonable and preposterous things such as these evergreen dreams:

  • Increased product quality
  • On-time and on-spec product (and project) delivery
  • Less time waiting for input, feedback and decisions
  • Reduced time and effort spent on non-value-added activities, such as wrangling information, rehashing past decisions, tracking down why decisions were made, manually “connecting the dots” (this one’s a very long list)

Pity the smart and savvy but long-suffering B.A., whose goals are ambitious but wholly practical, yet too often feel like they’re beyond the realm of possibility.

Driven by data, yet driven nearly mad by bad processes, analysis can lead to paralysis if you’re not careful, because you’ve got so much to contend with:

Tall tasks:

  • Serving as a critical bridge between strategic need and tactical implementation.

Pressure points:

  • Translating customer needs into solutions that will work for many users.
  • Writing user stories that describe how a user interacts with a solution.
  • Creating process diagrams to describe business processes.
  • Assessing the impact of implementing a particular change.

Burning desires:

  • To have a development-to-launch product platform that operates within current workflows and methodologies and allows you to “own” every requirement that each team is working on.

With Jama, Business Analysts can turn frustrating “Land of the Lost” episodes into fast-and-furious “A-Team” epics.

How so? You’re able to…

  • Create a centralized, organized and accessible place to store all requirements.
  • Set relationships between requirements so gaps in process flows are identified.
  • Decompose high-level requirements into detailed system requirements.
  • Produce reports such as baseline comparisons, release plans and specs.
  • Communicate easily with the entire project team to get clarification and decisions made, regardless of location.

Read 2 Brains, 1 Product: The Builder’s Dilemma to learn more about the ways Jama makes your wildest (and possible) product delivery dreams come true.

Check out other ways Jama helps business and engineering teams get and stay aligned:

How Jama Helps VPs of Sales

How Jama Helps VPs of Product

How Jama Helps Systems Engineers

How Jama Helps QA Leads

How Jama Helps Product Managers

How Jama Helps Project Managers