This is the fourth part of a six-part series on business analysts – why we need them and what makes a great one great.
Quality #3: Great BA's ask great questions, and know how to sniff out answers.
Precision questioning (drilling down into a topic, and asking questions in a one-question, one-answer format, without ruffling feathers), is something great BA's do (whether they realize they do it or not). They also know how to find the answers to questions and don't wait for the answers to come to them, and can diplomatically and quickly navigate even the most complex paths through the organization. They don't get stuck for long.