A connector between business and IT, analysts bring clarity and direction to get delivery off the ground and see it to fruition. They’re at square one of most projects and know that articulating a request in the right way is the foundation of successful delivery. Be it feature engineers, business analysts or data analysts, they all put their critical-thinking hats on and convey what needs to be done in a way that gets everyone on board.
The feature engineer (FE) is a skilled interpreter. Present in most projects, FEs document client requirements and further refine them into technical features for the development teams. A bridge between business and development, they have their eyes on the IT solution to be delivered from start to finish.
Skills & interactions: stakeholder management, problem solving, attention to details, technical understanding, communication skills. They speak just enough business and have the technical understanding to be an astute go-between. FEs can act as project managers on certain change requests and can transition to the role of PO.
A collector of facts and figures, the analyst examines data and generates reports to arrive at actionable insights for the business. After cleaning up and processing raw data, analysts make correlations and bring patterns to light.
Skills & interactions: with a mix of hard and soft skills, the analyst zooms in on particular topics or is involved in broader analysis and monitoring.
All tribes and squads benefit from the visualizations they are presented with. Analysts also pinpoint commercial opportunities and market developments for teams to build on.