In the most recent issue of The Annals of the History of Computing, Dr. Ralph Kneuper, of the International University of Applied Sciences, takes the reader on a journey through the history of Software Development Life Cycle Models (“SDLCs”). This is a great read for business analysts and project managers alike.
The business analyst role and related activities emerged organically from the hi-tech and information technology industries. Historically viewed as an intermediary step on other career paths, only recently has it begun to emerge as a profession in its own right. The purpose of this post is to provide a quick overview of the standards driving professionalization of the business analyst role within the information technology context.
My name is Charles Sherrill, aka The Business Analyst Coach, and I am the principal author and editor of The Playbook. I view business analysis as a vocation, which is defined as a “strong inclination to a particular state or course of action.” A proper business analyst is like a craftsman of old, bringing value into being and advancing within not through the craft.