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"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.


Skills Required


Business Analyst Jobs

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.


Conclusion


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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Degree of Agility: How Much to Agile?
by Transform VA
24 Feb 2018 at 11:18pm
One of the key aspects to be considered before implementation of Agile methodologies is the degree of agility suitable for the organization. Due consideration should be given to the ‘current state’ before we create a proposal for the ‘future state’ of agility desired. Neglecting this aspect may invalidate the very purpose behind the endeavor.  Degree of agility refers to the relative ability of an organization to adapt to the lightweight methodologies in conjunction with an assessment of current state process maturity.
Lessons learnt from a land far, far away?
by Transform VA
18 Feb 2018 at 11:04pm
A long, long time ago in a land far, far away…. a project delivery team was busily spending their days delivering projects. They were tasked with delivering change projects and often these included software delivery. This team consisted of people with a variety of skillsets, personalities and experiences. Some of them were project managers, some were analysis and some were developers. Others were software testers and others were business experts and non-project people.
What?s Hot in the World of Projects
by Transform VA
11 Feb 2018 at 7:59am
Since 2009 we have enjoyed reflecting on what’s happened the previous year on projects and making predictions for the upcoming year. Here are some of the recent trends we have discussed: agile successes and challenges, recognize the importance of roles that help maximize value, Scaling Agile, Certification trends in business analysis, etc... Here are the seven industry trends that we have chosen for 2018.
How are top-performing business analysts different than an average BA?
by Transform VA
4 Feb 2018 at 7:20pm
During a recent presentation to business analysts, I used one of my consulting projects as an example of how to apply an analysis technique we were discussing. A member of the audience asked, “What made this company hire you as a BA consultant to tackle this project, when they already have so many in-house product managers and business analysts on their teams?”
Modes of Consulting: What?s Your Preference?
by Transform VA
27 Jan 2018 at 9:30pm
In his classic book Flawless Consulting, Peter Block described three types of roles that consultants might take on: expert, pair-of-hands, and collaborator. Each of these represents a different kind of interaction when working with clients and a different source of satisfaction for the consultant. Business analysts can engage with clients in the same three modes. This article describes some of my experiences with these three modes of consulting engagements.
Intelligent Business Requirements
by Transform VA
21 Jan 2018 at 6:32pm
Intelligent Business Requirements are business needs and objectives that were designed to add business value and promote scalability and innovation. ‘Project success’ is the attainment of predefined criteria that emerge from attainment of user requirements. User requirements, in turn, are defined by an evaluation of the business and functional requirements. Thus requirements pave the path that leads to project success.
5 Business Analysis Trends to Watch in 2018
by Transform VA
13 Jan 2018 at 11:47pm
Given the speed of change, it is really tricky to predict what trends will grow in popularity or relevance. I am sure whatever emerges will seem obvious in hindsight, even if it would have been difficult to foresee. Yet, I have always thought that making predictions has a useful place in that it creates a conversation and it creates debates. So, what follows is designed to provoke discussion, and is intended to represent ‘potential trends to watch’.
Individualism vs. Teamwork
by timbryce
7 Jan 2018 at 7:00am
Are we really trying to promote teamwork or is this nothing more than the latest corporate fad that is being implemented more for public relations than anything else? Let's hope for the former and not the latter. Teamwork is a powerful concept, particularly when there is anything of substance to be done.
Agile Adoption: To Agile or Not to Agile?
by Transform VA
31 Dec 2017 at 11:38pm
Agile adoption is not ‘a walk in the park’! Agile is a framework of lightweight methodologies aimed at fostering flexibility and evolved as a proactive means to challenge the conventional mode of software development (SDM). The Agile methodology relies upon an iterative and incremental process to accomplish the project objective. Agile is a sharp contrast to the traditional sequential developmental methodology that lacks the ability to adapt to challenges through the lifecycle of projects.
Cloud services - Just Like Eating a Pizza
by Rohela
24 Dec 2017 at 3:10am
As, more and more companies start to embrace cloud technology, it is vital that business analysts are able to identify the cloud service that is required to meet business requirements. As business analysts, we are often criticized for not getting involved in the technical side of things. However, it can be difficult to make decisions on technical side of things, if you don’t understand the language that is used in this space.
Does design belong in your requirements?
by adrian
17 Dec 2017 at 9:57pm
I don’t know how many articles I’ve read where the author states requirements should be “what” the user/client needs, not “how” to deliver the solution. They say “A requirement should never specify aspects of physical design, implementation decisions or system architecture”... In my humble opinion, every requirement, even the business level needs, goals and objectives, are just the start of a long march to a solution.
Defining Enterprise Agility
by Transform VA
10 Dec 2017 at 4:55pm
Enterprise Agility means the ability to adapt easily to change. In the business perspective, agility refers to a distinct quality that allows institutions and corporations to respond rapidly to change. It is the ability and capability of a system to respond rapidly to a certain modification by adapting its inceptive and stable configuration.  Agility is also viewed in relation to the results of organizational intelligence. It is the aptness to react successfully to the emergence of new competitors, abrupt shifts in the overall market conditions, and adaptation of industry-changing technologies that are based on the degree of agility in the organization.
5 Common User Story Mistakes
by adrian
3 Dec 2017 at 8:34pm
User stories are a simple, yet effective way to communicate how a user or customer employs a product. But writing user stories that help a team build great software can be challenging. The article shares five common user story mistakes and how to overcome them.
BDD ? An introduction to feature files
by Transform VA
26 Nov 2017 at 6:48am
The purpose of this article is to explore feature files. Feature files are documents that contain those Gherkin scenarios & requirements – they can be very useful to teams working on BDD projects. Feature files may be a key deliverable for BAs.  Feature files are where BAs store requirements & can create the bridge between requirements and automated tests (more on that later).
The damaging consequences of organizational amnesia, and how BAs can help pre...
by Transform VA
18 Nov 2017 at 11:41pm
Imagine that a business analyst has been assigned to write the requirements for a new system replacing the company’s legacy CRM (customer relationship management application). After mapping out the as-is process at a high-level, the BA’s stress level starts to go up. “There are three complex modules in this system, and so many details about the as-is state that I still don’t understand! The legacy system barely has the original requirements documented, with plenty of change requests implemented later without proper documentation. How am I supposed to finish my deliverables on schedule and without mistakes given my limited knowledge of how the system being replaced works?”

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