Risks for BA

100 common risks for business analysis

I fully understand the danger of writing this article.

Many of my learned BAs will jump to the conclusion that such an exercise is an exercise in futility.

There is no way one can get a comprehensive risk list. Clients, projects, teams vary widely.

What’s the point in trying to develop such a checklist?

My answer will be “Why should we wear a seatbelt when there are hundreds of risks one faces while driving?”

We possibly can’t manage all risks, but some risks can actually be predicted and hence better managed.

Some of BA major risks that I have come across in my business career are below:

(These are not in priority or order – We can do that later).

  1. Incomplete stakeholder list
  2. Incomplete non-functional requirements
  3. Silent stakeholders
  4. Stakeholder dis-agreement on requirements
  5. Stakeholder dis-agreement on priorities
  6. Stakeholder non-availability
  7. Lack of adequate details in requirements
  8. Implicit requirements
  9. Changing scope
  10. Lack of adequate time for business analysis
  11. Lack of BA domain knowledge
  12. Stakeholders pushing through requirements
  13. Delay in stakeholder acceptance
  14. Lack of stakeholder domain knowledge
  15. Changing business environment

I invite fellow business analysts to add to the above list.

If we can come up with 100 common risks, that will be a great value for the entire BA community.

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24+ years of professional experience inbusiness analysis, software product development, business analysis, ERP implementations, software processes , strategic Change Management Consultancy.

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