I was talking to a group at a meeting the other day and they asked me what prediction I would make for business analysis over the next few years. I have made predictions in the past, but cannot remember what they were or whether they came to pass. So take it for what it’s worth, here is what I said:
Executives will still look for the silver bullet and quick fix especially where people can be removed from the product development equation. At the same time analyzing the business (marketplace, product mix, competition, business structure, root cause analysis of business problems, business capabilities, business capacity, etc.) will become increasingly important as a factor of business success. Business analysts will move away from IT and requirements orientation and take a more strategic position analyzing the business to uncover problems, weaknesses, vulnerabilities and opportunities which will then be passed to Agile teams to solve or implement. Business analysts who are requirements documenters only will find their jobs dwindling while those business analysts who focus on solving business problems will flourish.