In the historic years of the Business Analysis profession, one would have never imagined that it would be possible for a Business Analyst to perform their analysis responsibilities from a different geographical location to their key stakeholders. With the influence of the 4th Industrial Revolution and the ongoing scarcity of Information Technology skills in South Africa, companies are forced to hire teams to work remotely to deliver quality software solutions.
The founder and executive chairman of the Geneva based World Economic Forum, Klaus Schwab, accurately argues that the technological revolution is ‘blurring the lines between the physical, digital and biological spheres.’ Considering these operational transformations, Business Analysts are facing the current challenge of proving that requirements elicitation can be performed without the valuable ‘face to face’ contact with stakeholders. Without this contact, requirements often get lost in communication and business owners become less trustworthy of what is produced.
Through sharing personal experiences and learning’s from working as a Remote Business Analyst, this presentation aims to guide and support colleagues with innovative ways in which we can adapt to these changes which our profession is undergoing. This includes ways in which we can master preparing for virtual meetings, facilitation of sign-offs, video conferencing and most importantly, the establishment of frequent communication practices to build virtual credibility and trust.
About the Speaker
Larissa is a Business Analyst based in Cape Town with experience in the consulting space. She is a highly motivated, goal-orientated individual who has a passion for learning. Larissa has worked in both the Insurance and Health sectors where she was often required to perform requirements analysis remotely. This taught her valuable communication and stakeholder management techniques which she finds useful in her daily tasks. Larissa has been an active volunteer for the IIBA-SA Cape Town branch since 2016 where she assists the team with planning chapter events and Lean Coffees in the city. In her free time she enjoys reading books and articles focused on leadership, specifically women in leadership, where she found her “spirit animal” : Arianna Huffington.