A day in the life of an Analyst

18 April 2016 | Rachel Harvey | About a 3 minute read
Tags: agile methodologies, Analysis, Analyst, Daily Scrum, Product Analysts, Scrum

Ever wondered what it is like working at AND Digital as an Analyst? We interview one of our Analysts, Rob Derbyshire, and pick his brains on being an Analyst, his day to day work at AND Digital… and why he loves his job.

So Rob, What made you want to be an Analyst? 

I love meeting people, getting to know their problems, then working with the team to solve them; often in creative and ingenious ways. We, like all people in the development team, are problem solvers. You can really find yourself in the heart of things.

What made you want to do it at AND Digital?

It’s a cool company with a lot of good ideas, going about things in a much better way than I am used to in terms of supporting and protecting employees. It’s also been a chance for me to explore Agile and other methodologies.

What do you love about your job?

Working with others to solve problems and release new functionality.


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What does a typical day look like for you?

Since I am currently working on internal work at AND Digital, we start with a daily stand-up. After that, you might meet some Developers to discuss a piece of functionality they are creating based on your user story, and any issues they may be facing; these may be resolved on the spot, or sometimes it’s necessary to take them back to the business. I’ll definitely have a coffee mid-morning, and then I might do some backlog refinement – creating and then improving user stories for future work to be done by the developers. If I’m not in meetings, this is generally what I’m doing.

Later in the day I’m likely to have meetings with business stakeholders to understand their needs and their expectations for future functionality. Sometimes this is easy – “do you want A or B?”; “A”; “Great”. Sometimes it is much harder – you need to get stakeholders from around the business, perhaps around the world, into a workshop to thrash out a decision. Your job is to facilitate, keep people on track, record decisions and follow up on them, and as time goes on, you become the expert on both business requirements and the current state of the product.

What’s the best part of your day?

Being shown what you have designed come to life in real functionality.

What are you working on right now?

Some new pages for the AND website, and a minor re-haul of our website based on UX principles.

What’s the best piece of advice you’d give to other Analysts looking to work at AND Digital?

Polish up on your Agile knowledge before the interview as they will test you on this. Otherwise just be yourself!


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