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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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The Goal Is to Solve the Problem
by adrian
14 Oct 2017 at 11:30pm
A requirement is “a condition or capability needed by a user to solve a problem or to achieve an objective” (AKA a goal). Thinking in terms of problems and goals thus is a core competence for the requirements engineer. But what in fact is a problem or a goal? This may seem to be a rather philosophical question. As requirements engineers we should be quite specific on this point as the problems and goals of our clients are the raison d’être for our work.
The Business Analyst in the Experience Age
by Transform VA
9 Oct 2017 at 2:31pm
The experience age will force the business analyst, more so than ever, to be closer to business. The focus will have to move from how the IT landscape looks at the architectural level, to how it can be best utilised to provide the most compelling and efficient customer experience.  The success of business will now be determined by how well the customer journey and user experience has been translated to offer real and/or even perceived value for money through ‘virtual experience’.  It will be difficult for the business analyst to be a credible advisor to business without understanding the customer’s needs.
Validating a Strategic Project at the Enterprise Level
by Transform VA
1 Oct 2017 at 5:08pm
Prior to proceeding with a strategic project, project leadership needs to ensure that the project still: aligns with the direction of the business entity, and fits the needs of the targeted customer segment, as it did when the project was an initiative. This brief article starts at the inception of an initiative during Enterprise Analysis to the validation of a strategic project prior to kickoff. Note in this article, I include both the private and public sectors when I use the terms such as “business entity” and “customer segments.”
Agile User Interface Design
by adrian
23 Sep 2017 at 11:01pm
The role of design still puzzles many agile teams I work with. When should the design activities take place? Who should carry them out? How are design decisions best captured? This blog tries to answer the questions by discussing a user-centric, iterative, and collaborative design process for Scrum and Kanban teams.
7 Tactics to Solve Common Product Roadmap Problems
by Transform VA
17 Sep 2017 at 7:17pm
An effective product roadmap is a must-have for any successful software development project. A roadmap helps the product manager define the trajectory of a product, communicate progress to stakeholders, visualize goals and justify changes to budget. Product roadmaps are where both strategy and tactics combine to help teams build better products.
Do you want to implement agile? or just run from waterfall?
by Transform VA
10 Sep 2017 at 7:21pm
So I came to a conclusion that I found interesting and want to share with the public: when doing this transition, the companies do not want to implement agile, they just want to run away from waterfall. And running away from waterfall can come in many shapes and forms, so the overall popular idea of comparing “waterfall” vs “agile” as two competing extremes is not conceptually correct.
Changing Organizations: Business Analysts and Change Management
by Transform VA
4 Sep 2017 at 9:05pm
There are some practices that can practically make our life much easier if we adopt them early in the project.  This fourth article of the series “ Business Analysts and Change Management - What we need to know” addresses the minimum that we - as Business Analysts - might need to know about change management, but this time at organizational level
How to Pass the Latest Version CBAP v3 Certification Exam on the First Try
by Transform VA
27 Aug 2017 at 3:50pm
The purpose of this article is to help YOU (fellow business analyst-perfectionist) to pass the CBAP V3 certification exam efficiently without overspending on prep materials. I wish there had been a CURRENT guide available for me when I stormed the CBAP fortress back in April 2017. After completing thorough online research, I found a few useful but outdated articles and other useful but disparate tips for how to pass the exam. But there was no comprehensive guide for passing the CBAP v3 exam on the first try.
Gherkin for Business Analysts
by Transform VA
20 Aug 2017 at 7:08pm
Gherkin is a language used to write acceptance tests. BA's use Gherkin to specify how they want the system to behave in certain scenarios...  It’s a simple language. There are 10 key words (e.g. Given, When, Then). Because it’s a simple language, it’s understandable by the business. As well as being understandable by the business, Gherkin can be understood by an automation tool called Cucumber. That means Cucumber can interpret Gherkin and use it to drive automated tests. This links BA requirements to automated tests.
The Crucial Art of Pre-Project Problem Analysis
by Transform VA
13 Aug 2017 at 2:47pm
Business analysis is a broad discipline and we have a whole range of tools and techniques at our disposal. We may get involved within projects, but also outside of them. Many BA teams are actively seeking earlier engagement—when we are engaged prior to a project being initiated we can work with our stakeholders to ensure that the problem space is thoroughly understood. We can encourage stakeholders to think about many possible solution options, and can work with them to ensure that the option that is chosen is the best fit and has the best chance of delivering maximum benefit. Early engagement also helps us avoid the 'first solution trap'.
Managing Scope Creep (Scope Part 3)
by Transform VA
6 Aug 2017 at 10:59pm
Scope creep (also known as feature creep, requirements creep, featuritis, and creeping featurism), however, refers to the uncontrolled growth of functionality that the team attempts to stuff into an already-full project box. It doesn’t all fit. The continuing churn and expansion of the requirements, coupled with inadequate prioritization, makes it difficult to deliver the most important functionality on schedule. This demand for ever-increasing functionality leads to delays, quality problems, and misdirected energy.  Scope creep is one of the most pervasive challenges of software development.   
What are disbenefits?
by Transform VA
30 Jul 2017 at 8:50pm
Disbenefits are changes to on-going operating costs as a result of a project; they could be perceived as positive or negative. These disbenefits are included in defining the Total Cost of Ownership rather than a component of project cost, and is more of a focus for controllers due to its on-going nature rather than one time project savings and revenue.
Getting the Job Without Previous Domain Experience
by adrian
23 Jul 2017 at 9:01pm
Trying to secure a business analyst job interview in an area in which you don’t have prior experience can be a huge challenge. It’s common for recruiters and hiring managers to screen out applicants--no matter how accomplished they seem to be from their resumes--simply because the candidate’s job history doesn’t include work in the target industry...  But how do you get your foot in the door when so many recruiters and hiring managers tend to ignore applications from a candidate whose background doesn’t match the role they are trying to fill? The following tips may help.
Security Requirements Engineering
by adrian
17 Jul 2017 at 7:19am
When security requirements are considered at all during the system life cycle, they tend to be general lists of security features such as password protection, firewalls, virus detection tools, and the like. These are, in fact, not security requirements at all but rather implementation mechanisms that are intended to satisfy unstated requirements, such as authenticated access. As a result, security requirements that are specific to the system and that provide for protection of essential services and assets are often neglected. In addition, the attacker perspective is not considered, with the result that security requirements, when they exist, are likely to be incomplete. We believe that a systematic approach to security requirements engineering will help to avoid the problem of generic lists of features and to take into account the attacker perspective. Several approaches to security requirements engineering are described here and references are provided for additional material that can help you ensure that your products effectively meet security requirements.
Deep Dive Models in Agile Series: Decision Models
by Transform VA
9 Jul 2017 at 8:40am
This is the last article in this current  “Deep Dive Models in Agile” series and covers Decision Models, which include both Decision Trees and Decision Tables. Decision Models include two RML System models (Decision Trees and Decision Tables) that detail the system logic that either controls user functions or decides what actions a system will take in various circumstances.

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