Clients, projects, and teams vary widely, therefore there is no way that one can get a comprehensive risk list.
What's the point in trying to develop such a checklist?
To all those, I ask, "Why should we wear a seat-belt 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 the major business analysis risks that I have come across in my career as a BA are:
(These are not in the order of priority- We can do that later).
Lack of stakeholder engagement
Assumptions about language, currency, time zones
Incomplete stakeholder list
Incomplete non-functional requirements
Stakeholder dis-agreement on requirements
Lack of adequate details in requirements
Stakeholder dis-agreement on priorities
Non-availability of stakeholders
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
Fellow business analysts, I invite you to add to the above list. If together, we can come up with 100 common risks, it will be a great value for the entire BA community.
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