Role of Business Analysts in SCRUM is very important in the success of a project. Their involvement starts right from understanding the customer need to the Sprint Demo. They are the first point of contact for the technical team for clarifications. They are even more important in the initial phases of a new project and the projects which are large in scale.
The Product Owner will not always be a good writer, sometimes they come from a technical background and hence it becomes the responsibility of the Business Analyst to write the stories, acceptance, wireframes etc. Having a Business Analyst as a team member is more advantageous because the technical team finds it easy and comfortable to communicate with the BA for clarifications or discussions.
Responsibilities of a BA
There are several Role of Business Analysts in Scrum and there are certain responsibilities which a BA should adhere to.
- Grooming the product backlog based on the prioritization provided by the product owner.
- Analyzing the customer needs and finding the solutions to address them.
- Creating the requirements in the form of user stories with appropriate acceptance criteria.
- If in case the user stories have been already created by the product owner (with acceptance criteria), then reviewing them to make sure that every business rule is covered and the acceptance criteria meet the user story functionality.
- Working with the product owner and the stakeholders to understand the scope, suggest improvements to the requirements,
- Preparing documents like wireframes, design flow, UI etc., as and when required.