Business Analyst Jobs
"Business Analyst jobs are a prize for business and technical graduates."
People land Business Analyst jobs in many ways. Junior Business Analyst jobs are available to people who
graduate from college and have very little or no prior experience. These roles as entry level management jobs,
entails them being an individual contributor and requires working under supervision. In other instances, people
work in an industry and gain an understanding of the business before taking up a Business Analyst job role. Such
people take up middle management level positions and may play a supervisory role.
Business Analysts perform a wide variety of roles depending on the organization they work for and the title that
they hold. The job description would vary and the skills required would also differ accordingly. Entry level
Business Analyst jobs would require strong analytical thinking capabilities, collaboration and communication
skills. These are foundational skills that would be required throughout the career in business analysis. At the
middle and senior levels, there is an increasing emphasis on leadership, business knowledge and multi-tasking skills.
Business Analyst Job Description
Business Analyst Jobs are plentiful if you have the right credentials.
Given the varying nature of the Business Analyst job, there is no standard job description for a Business
Analyst. Primarily, BAs act as a liaison between the technology and business organizations and help implement
solutions that meet stakeholders' requirements.
Business Analyst Career
Business analysts can pursue a career within the area of business analysis or seek a lateral move.
Organizations that offer a structured career path for BAs often have training programs that impart new skills
(These may be in the form of usage of new tools, conflict management, workshop facilitation and effective
presentation skills). This would ensure that people are geared to take up higher responsibility in their jobs.
At middle and senior levels (people with about ten years of experience), Business analysts would be deployed on
complex and critical projects that would run for longer duration, require significant stakeholder management skills
and the ability to present at senior executive levels. Over the long term, these roles can lead to taking up
leadership positions at a division or Business Unit level within an organization.
Career moves outside business analysis include taking up roles as a Project Manager, Product Manager or a
Product Specialist. BAs with a good grasp of technology can take up the role of a Solution Architect. Solution
Architect roles are in high demand given the requirement for professionals with sound technical and business skills.
In the long term, some business analysts take up independent consulting jobs that may prove to be more remunerative
than full time employment.
Business analysts should be aware of career options within the area of business analysis and lateral career
options. They should equip themselves with the appropriate skills to make career progress. Business analysts must be
able to chart the course of their careers than wait for things to happen. Business Analyst jobs offer a variety of
experience that can help professionals make a career in other areas like consulting, product management, project
management and general management.
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Aligning Multiple Definitions: Guidelines for Building World-Class Business G...
by Transform VA
23 Apr 2017 at 8:40am
A good business definition is not only good because it is clear and concise, but because it holds a clear, exclusive position within its full set of peers – i.e., the glossary for your business vocabulary. This discussion outlines five basic guidelines for ensuring the quality of a glossary holistically, focusing on avoiding naming anomalies, subtle redundancies, and avoiding circularities. Find out how you can become world-class at communicating the meaning of your business concepts. Part of the secret is a clear focus on seed concepts.
Beyond Better Requirements - Selling Business Analysis in Business Terms
16 Apr 2017 at 11:35pm
We hit a challenge however when we attempt to promote the value of Business Analysis to IT Management or the Business... The reality is that simply promoting “better requirements” does not sell our value-add in terms that management from an IT or Business perspective understands... So how do we do this? Let me share five lessons learned based on my experience as a senior requirements management consultant.
Fast Track Product Management
by Transform VA
10 Apr 2017 at 4:50am
The paradigm shift towards agile and lean product development has brought collaboration between large cross-functional team in the spotlight. The existing literature is already mature explaining clearly how benefits can be reaped fast by executing a clean transition to agile delivery by enhancing the performance of the new cross-functional teams. However, in parallel, the time spent in endless meetings by product owners, business analysts, engineers, product managers and many others involved in the product creation, has grown exponentially. This leaves key product people with little or no time to do the critical activities they are employed for.
You Have Got to Be Lazy to Be an Effective Business Analyst
2 Apr 2017 at 5:27pm
You see, I am a business analyst (BA), and more precisely the lesser-spotted, lazy beta alpha, the evolutionary pinnacle of my profession, at the tip of the BA spear. While the work of throwing or stabbing with the spear requires an effort by the arm that wields it, I prefer the sharp bit to do the work for me. In other words, doing as little as possible apart from…well, being sharp. While the sharp bit does all the work I am able to still the get the glory and recognition of a job well done. While the spear tossers return with painful shoulders, weary and, hopefully sometimes with a degree of success.
5 Tips for Success with Packaged Solution Requirements
29 Mar 2017 at 1:22pm
A common challenge of enterprise Business Analysts is the discovery, understanding, and description of requirements in the context of implementing packaged solutions. Management assigns us to projects with a predefined solution, and we struggle to figure our role when there seems to be no significant build activity. What are we supposed to do in this situation when there seems to be no need to produce standard requirement deliverables?
Put a typical Business Analyst in this environment and do not be surprised to hear the phrase “I’m not sure of my role.” Why do packaged solution projects cause discomfort?
Capturing the Essence of Concepts: Guidelines for Building World-Class Busin...
by Transform VA
26 Mar 2017 at 8:20pm
There are various schools of thought about how to define terms, some arising from professional terminologists and academia. But those approaches are often relatively arcane and not well-suited to everyday business practice.
Definitions with subtle IT or ‘data’ bias are an anathema to effective communication with business partners. Good business definitions are oriented to what words mean when used by real business people talking directly about real business things.
The State of I.T. in Business
23 Mar 2017 at 1:32pm
Watching the speed by which Information Technology (I.T.) has changed over the last forty years has been amazing. Hardly a day goes by without some new twist or invention. In particular, my interest is in how I.T. can be applied to support the systems needed to operate a business, such as for manufacturing, inventory, order processing, customer service, accounting, human resources, and much more. I have seen a lot during the last four decades, perhaps too much.
My Secret for Business Analysis Success: Fundamentals
22 Mar 2017 at 9:51am
When asked what my secret for Business Analysis success is, I indicate fundamentals first. You can acquire skills related to Agile, the latest modeling language, and software development tools but you will fail if you have not mastered fundamentals. The following fundamentals are crucial to success...
Differences, Duties and Responsibilities of Business Analysts and System Anal...
19 Mar 2017 at 4:50pm
A business analyst is a person who analyzes, organizes, explores, scrutinizes and investigates an organization and documents its business and also assesses the business model and integrates the whole organization with modern technology. The Business Analyst role is mostly about documenting, verifying, recording and gathering the business requirements and its role is mostly associated with the information technology industry.
Transferring Risk via Contract Terms and Conditions
by Transform VA
13 Mar 2017 at 4:40am
Through the use of contract terms and conditions, this article provides insight on managing risk on outsourced projects beyond just transferring work to a contractor. Training courses on risk management typically cover transferring risk at a high level, but that is just a start. Read this article for the follow-ups on managing risk via contract terms and conditions.
Bringing Sexy Back to Business Analysis
9 Mar 2017 at 4:46pm
My inclination is the smarter and harder approach but again I am asking you to contribute your thoughts. Channel your inner Justin Timberlake and consider how do we get sexy back to Business Analysis? How do we get the attention of the decision makers when we are no longer the shiny new product that every one wants.
7 Tips for Success as a New Lead Business Analyst
6 Mar 2017 at 9:20am
Congratulations! You have been asked to act as the lead Business Analyst (LBA) on an important project. It is more than likely someone recognizes the good work that you have done in the past and their hope is that your past success can be replicated with multiple Business Analysts on this new initiative. Like any new experience, you may have some anxiety or nervousness regarding this new role. It is important to you that what happens turns out to be a future success story and not an experience that stays in the closet.
The Hero Every Agile Team Needs
26 Feb 2017 at 11:21am
Consider an agile project on the other hand. Agile projects do not require massive documentation in advance. Moreover, in agile projects, the business owner might communicate directly with the agile team (developers) and sometimes the agile teams are even co-located, which makes the communication between business owner and agile team easier.
So, there is no role of a Business Analyst in agile projects you say!
The Kick-Off Word in Great Business Definitions: Guidelines for Building Wor...
by Transform VA
20 Feb 2017 at 6:48pm
There’s a high premium on knowing how to craft great definitions. Every business analyst should know how. To get you started, here are some basic criteria for great business definitions:
It should be easy to give examples for the thing defined, but there should be no counterexamples.
Each definition should communicate the essence of what a thing is, not what it does, how it’s used, or why it’s important.
The definition of a thing should focus on its unique characteristics.
Each thing you define should be distinguishable from every other thing you define using the definition alone.
Each definition should be concise and as short as possible without loss of meaning. A definition should be readable.
Let Business Analysis Evolve Along with your Organization as it Fights to Kee...
by Transform VA
10 Feb 2017 at 11:04pm
This is the time for the BA community to expand its capabilities and provide critical value to the organization. With a massive 86% of global CEOs reporting a lack of time to think strategically about the forces of disruption and innovation shaping their company’s future, businesses leaders must lean on the evolving capabilities of the business analysis community.
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