Business Analysts in Scaled Agile Framework

Business Analysts might get a bit of a shock when they first view the SAFe framework as at first glance the role has disappeared.  However, further digging reveals that that many of the roles in SAFe require BA competencies.

The Product Owner at the Team Level is a natural fit for a Business Analyst with experience writing User Stories and Acceptance Criteria, especially those with experience in automating acceptance testing using RSpec / Cucumber / etc.  The Scrum / Agile Master role (also known as the Iteration Manager role) is also one that is well suited to Business Analysts.

At the Program Level there is a need for Domain Modelling, Feature Analysis and Dependency Analysis, which would require someone with the competencies of a Senior Business Analyst.  I would also expect that strong Lead Business Analysts with experience delivering on large programs of work and facilitating at scale would be ideal candidates for the Release Train Engineer role.

At the Portfolio Level the Business Analyst Role is actually described in the Portfolio Backlog Grooming process.  This would be an ideal fit for someone with the Enterprise Analysis competency.  Additionally, Enterprise Analysis is important for decomposition of the IT Organisation into Value Streams. 

Do Business Analysts take Leading SAFe course? Of course