Business Analysis Audit

By: Equinox  06-Dec-2011
Keywords: Business Analysis, Business Analyst

Imagine you have a team of highly effective business analysts, who are capable of engaging with your senior stakeholders as well as your operational staff:

• They understand the full vision of developing your organisations’ capabilities, and what you need of them

• They organise themselves in the best way to achieve that

• They adopt tools and techniques uniquely appropriate to your needs

• They have the right training and support, at the right time

• They lead and conduct themselves in a way that fits with your organisation

… ensuring your business change initiatives really do deliver the benefits you had in mind.

You don’t have to imagine this.  The answer lies in understanding and clearing all the problems that can get in the way of your business analysts being really effective; of making sure everything lines up and your investment in people and processes adds value to your projects.

Equinox Audit starts with a comprehensive assessment.  We work alongside your key people: your main business stakeholders, line management, and business analysis team.  By doing this we get a good understanding of your needs and issues.

We know that no two organisations are the same, and our approach is designed to develop and apply best practice principles, processes and standards that are uniquely appropriate to your business.

An assessment will expose the issues, which can include inconsistencies within the delivery of analysis services, training needs, matching business analyst capabilities to the project, and problems recruiting or retaining the right people.

From the assessment stage we might recommend adjusting processes or standards to improve service delivery, or training to help take skills and capabilities to the right level to achieve:

• An increase in the number of successful projects

• Analysis services that are delivered at a consistent level of quality

• Visible and more manageable performance.

Effectively implementing new processes or increasing skills can have its own challenges and take time, so we can also work alongside you to make sure that the transition is smooth, and improvements will be both effective and long-lasting.

Once those improvements are fully operational and become part of your process, you can get us back in to take a fresh look.  We can measure the improvements in the quality of service delivery.  Or as your business grows and changes you may want to know how the analysis process needs to evolve to meet new demands.

The Business Analysis Audit is intended to establish a range of assessments, from “once over lightly” to more serious in-depth ones – such as assessing the analysis process or individual competencies.

Keywords: Business Analysis, Business Analyst

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