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Solution Assessment and Validation

This is one of the knowledge areas for the business analysts as described in BABOK. This knowledge area deals with the solutions provided against the requirements. The solution should add a value and it is the duty of a business analyst to select, review and finalize the solution for the set of requirement. In this area the business analyst plays a very vital role as sometimes it’s his call to select the most appropriate from the list of the solutions. The solution selected by the business analyst should ensure that it meets the agreements between the stakeholders, enhance the business values and also do not contradict the organizational structures. So this knowledge area sometimes becomes more critical as the accepted solutions should meet the requirements of the business and the stakeholders should be able to understand the same. A business analyst should be able to explain the details of the most appropriate solution to all the stakeholders, so there may be some scenarios that he has to explain it to the people with minimum technical expertise.

Difference between Verification and Validation

Before moving further to learn more on solution assessment, let’s check out the difference between Verification and validation. On the first instance they both look almost similar, but there is a slight difference in the understanding.

Verification: To ensure that the selected work meets the specified requirements and the work is being done rightly on the product

Validation: To ensure that the selected work is on the track and it is being done on right product.

John E. Parker in his presentation defines the both as below:

Verification: Are we building the product right?

Validation: Are we building the right product?

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Steps to become a BA

Become a BA – 3 simple steps

Business analysis is one of the most alluring career path for many IT and non-IT professionals. Business analysts who act like a liaison among different stakeholders always sit at the driver’s seat and manage the requirements throughout the project life-cycle. The BA’s job starts right from the planning and continues till the project moves to the maintenance phase. Business analysts are not bound to the job titles and they perform the set of tasks and techniques in order to understand the requirements and recommend the solutions. Business analysis is not just about the requirements and managing them but it is much more than that which includes problem analysis, process modelling, and stakeholder analysis, assessing and validating the solutions.

The business analysts focus on delivering business value and ensuring that the stakeholders’ needs are met. The basic fundamental to keep in mind is that the business analysis is not about completing the tasks in time but it’s about the processes, it’s about providing quality solutions against the business requirements and needs. During my career path I have been obliged to work with many skilled professionals and according to them the business analysis is not as easy as it seems and also it’s not as complicated as people make it. It’s about understanding the needs and moulding the skills as per the requirements. Getting into the BA shoes is very challenging as it requires lots of patience and intellect to deal with different stakeholders and in the meantime managing the requirements. But as Salvador Dali has said, “It is either easy or impossible”. So let’s make it easy to get into the BA shoes in 3 simple steps:

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