The Pandemic hit us suddenly and yes it came without any notice to our lives as a transient thing but became the new normal way of life.
Some of us were initially worried thinking about what lies ahead, some were shocked, some found pleasure being relieved from the daily commute, time on the road, and traffic jams.
With the COVID 19 pandemic hitting us globally, organizations have embraced remote working as the new way for 2020, and some have announced it for 2021 also.
MOVING TO WFH
IT industry has moved to this new model in a relatively easier way, and the transition is relatively smoother.
But for the traditional industries, it's a big shift, and the mode of working and infrastructure needed rethinking, planning, and to be worked out.
In most countries, the pandemic hit so suddenly that it left no time to prepare for the upcoming times. Going remote isn't an easy task for many, as we may think.
However, as it's popularly said, every cloud has a silver lining; similarly, every challenge comes with an opportunity. It's up to us to step up and embrace this change and take benefit of the opportunity.
Though many are happy with the new way of working for the reasons like:
For this article, we will take a deeper look into the business analysis profession, what seemed to have worked well, the new challenges thrown, and how we can make the best of it in the new normal.
As a business analyst, one is responsible for:
PRACTICAL CHALLENGES FOR BAS IN REMOTE WORKINGAs part of the solutioning, requirements elicitation, user story reviews, prototyping, or any other phase of the project a BA needs to have close interaction and work with stakeholders, the tech team, the QA team, and other BAs.
Some specific challenges are:
Staying Engaged with Stakeholders
Most of these tasks were done traditionally with stakeholders using pre-dominantly following techniques such as Workshops, walk-throughs/Reviews, Brainstorming, and Observations.
Here is a list of challenges and a few things that worked for many business analysts as shared by them when we asked them - https://www.linkedin.com/feed/update/urn:li:activity:6687061335701778432/
Challenges most of the business analysts faced:
Few practices that worked well for most:
They can avoid office distractions and have their best productive time put to work.
Some say they can have a good time with children and pets, and having them close brings their best self out.
STEPS TO FOLLOW IN ORDER TO OVERCOME THESE CHALLENGES
Maintaining Work Discipline
Few things that will help when you start as a practice/discipline: