CHAPTER 1

Business Analysis Defined

As the past Seattle Chapter President of International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA), I often get questions about how someone can learn more about becoming a business analyst. Often, those asking have been doing business analysis work for some time; only they have not yet realized it.

I will start with the definition of business analysis. The quick response would be “to analyze business”. IIBA defines this as:

“Business analysis is the practice of enabling change in an enterprise by defining needs and recommending solutions that deliver value to stakeholders. Business analysis enables an enterprise to articulate needs and the rationale for change, and to design and describe solutions that can deliver ...

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