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).
- Incomplete stakeholder list
- Incomplete non-functional requirements
- Silent stakeholders
- Stakeholder dis-agreement on requirements
- Stakeholder dis-agreement on priorities
- Stakeholder non-availability
- Lack of adequate details in requirements
- Implicit requirements
- Changing scope
- Lack of adequate time for business analysis
- Lack of BA domain knowledge
- Stakeholders pushing through requirements
- Delay in stakeholder acceptance
- Lack of stakeholder domain knowledge
- 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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