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Bonus Use Cases Training In The Business Analyst Book

Top Paying Skills in High Demand
Top Paying Skills in High Demand

Use Cases skills are in-demand for documenting or communicating the functional requirements of a system

Use Cases skills are employed in product design roles, software development or architecture roles and are among the most sought-after skills for business analyst jobs

Why Use Cases Training for Business Analysts?

Here are some of benefits of Use Case training for business analysts:

  1. Use Cases are effective for documenting the business processes, requirements (business or system), features and functionality of a system. So Use Cases skills are needed at the problem analysis or requirements gathering phase, software design or development phase or testing phase

How To Succeed at Business Analyst Job Interviews

How To Succeed at Business Analyst Job Interviews
How To Succeed at Business Analyst Job Interviews
Do you wish to know how to succeed at business analyst job interviews? Here is the secret.

Business analyst interviews are designed to evaluate two things:

  • Your business analyst skills
  • Your business analyst experience

How Sharp Are Your Business Analyst Skills?

At your business analyst interview, you are evaluated based on the correctness, promptness or comprehensiveness of your answers.

Give the correct answers

Your answers are evaluated based on how precise or correct they are.

Even when the business analyst interview questions are open ended, your answers are still evaluated as correct or incorrect.

What Software Skills Do Business Analysts Need?

Have you noticed the increasing demand for business analysts with stronger software skills or a wider range of skill sets?

Because this is a top hiring trend, business analysts have expressed concern about the range of skillsets requested for on job postings.

Some of these strong concerns are often worded as:

  • What software skills do business analysts need?

  • Should business analysts be made to learn computer programming?

  • Which software programs are required for business analysis jobs?

Along the same lines, one of the concerns expressed is; should business analysts have in depth knowledge of SQL, Access, Customer Relationship Management (CRM) software and Reporting writing software?

Choosing Between Contract Or Full Time Business Analyst Job Offers

How To Achieve In Your Career
How To Achieve In Your Career

I am dedicating this article to answering a question posted by an independent contract business analyst. If you have a question or challenge about your business analyst career, post it as comment at the end of this article and I will answer it for you:

Here is the question posed by the independent contract or consulting business analyst:

… I got hired by a consulting firm. I was under the impression that I was with a company with a team-oriented environment. By this I mean that I thought I would be working with project teams etc.

Advice On How To Become A Contract Business Analyst

Do You Want To Become A Contract Business Analyst?
Do You Want To Become A Contract Business Analyst?

I am writing this post to answer a question posted by a business analyst on “How To Become A Contract Business Analyst”.

If you have a question or challenge about your business analyst career, post it as comment at the end of this article and I will answer it for you as well 🙂

Here is the question on how to become a contract business analyst.

Having recently started in my first permanent position as a Business Analyst, I find the toughest challenge for me currently, is getting up to speed with the systems I have to analyse and develop (Risk Management and Finance Systems).

How to Elicit, Capture or Gather Requirements Effectively

Effective Requirements Elicitation Techniques
Effective Requirements Elicitation Techniques

What is Requirements Elicitation?

Requirements elicitation is the process of identifying the sources of requirements for a new system and obtaining those requirements from those sources.

Potential sources of requirements include users, documents, regulators and even legacy software code.

Requirements elicitation is a crucial part of the Requirements Gathering, Documentation and Analysis Process.

It is a critical business activity that requires the focus of a skilled business analyst.

Regardless of the elicitation techniques you choose or how you implement those techniques, you need to do whatever it takes to understand the real needs of your customers.

Deciphering the Business Analyst Job Description

business analyst job description
decipher ba job descriptions

You can find out “what employers look for in a job candidate” by browsing business analyst job descriptions.

However, you will notice that some business analyst job descriptions are poorly written!

A weak business analyst job description does not provide enough information for you to compare your skill set against the requirements posted on the job posting.

A Well Written Business Analyst Job Description Is An Effective Hiring Tool!

Here is an example of a weak or ineffective business analyst job description:

How To Get An Entry Level Business Analyst Job Part 1

Entry Level Business Analyst Job
Entry Level Business Analyst Job

This article is in two parts. You are currently reading part one and you may click here to read part two of the article.

What should you do when you decide you want to become an IT Business Analyst?

You may have been a software developer, data analyst or even someone who has never worked in the Information Technology industry at all.

Perhaps you have an MBA or other business degree, but you have an interest in technology and you think IT Business Analysis is something you’d like to try your hand at.

Business Analysts Don’t Really “Gather” Requirements

Gathering Requirements
Gathering Requirements

It is common knowledge that the biggest reason for IT project failure is poor requirements. If the requirements that the developers are working from are wrong, incomplete or otherwise inadequate, that project is doomed to join the 70% of IT projects that fail every year.

So why not simply gather good (SMART) requirements? Ask any business analyst and they will tell you that the biggest problem they face is getting users to tell them what they really want out of a new system or process. Why? The reasons are varied. Sometimes it appears that users simply won’t communicate what they really want. Sometimes it appears that the business analyst is asking all the wrong questions. Sometimes it appears that the users change their minds all the time.

Become an Expert Business Analyst or Increase your BA Salary

increase your ba salary become an expert
increase your BA salary ... become an expert

If You Are Alive, You Want More Money! or you’ve been thinking of ways to increase your salary as a business analyst … yes, you have.

If you’re human and still breathing, what you get paid and how to make more money crosses your mind ever so often.

For good or bad, it is human nature to always want more.

We want more money, more love, more space, more friends and more fun.

This can be a bad thing, if it becomes an obsession that overtakes the desire to do a good job.

The Accidental Business Analyst

Business Analyst Boot Camp Training Curriculum
Business Analyst Boot Camp Training Curriculum

Business analysts come from a wide variety of industries and from varying backgrounds. Because of this, you need to be flexible in your expectations of the type of work you will perform as a business analyst.

More than 50 major domains or industries that hire business analysts including the web development, web design, e-commerce, software development, information and marketing industry.

As the business analysis industry matures, software developers, database designers, software architects, project managers and professionals with diverse backgrounds are taking on formal business analysis jobs.

Requirements Engineering, A Top In-Demand Skill for Business Analysts

requirements engineering top in demand skill for business analysts
Requirements Engineering, Top BA Skill

When gathering or analyzing requirements, it is just as important to focus on the process that you are using to develop your requirements as it is to focus on the requirements themselves.

If you have a poor requirements elicitation or management process, you risk not understanding the business problem you are trying to solve or turning out a poor product.

The cost of Information Technology (IT) project failures has become so high that one can no longer ignore the fact that business analysts need to invest a good amount of time into understanding what they intend to build.

How To Keep Your Job In A Recession

Laid Of In The Recession

No doubt you already know how the recession affects the Gross Domestic Product (GDP), Unemployment Rate or Stock Market. So, I won’t waste your time by repeating all that bad news.

What I would talk about is what really matters:”how you or your loved ones can protect your finances by staying employed in this recession!

The best way to keep your job in a recession or to find a new job easily is to become “The Most Over Qualified, Under Paid Professional” on your team.

Here is why becoming over-qualified and under-paid work hand in hand to protect your career:

Live, Online, Hands-On, Instructor Led, Web Based Business Analyst Training

If you are interested in registering for Business Analyst Boot Camp, you need to consider the following information:

Business Analyst Career Roadmap Or Career Planning

BUSINESS ANALYST BOOT CAMP is for business analysts, data analysts, software developers, managers or IT professionals who want to master the core business analyst skills including:

a. UML

b. Requirements Gathering and Analysis

c. Use Cases

d. How to define Business Cases

e. How to define Project Vision and Scope

f. How to plan the Business Analysis Work

g. The Requirements Process, Definition and Documentation

Knowledge Workers Accept The Challenge To Be The Best Or Why IT Professionals Feel UnderValued

How you value knowledge tells me a lot about who you are … because knowledge capital is the most important resource in any organization.

In the digital age, what makes one employee more valuable than the next employee is simply stated … the amount of knowledge, skill, expertise, training and learning they have managed to acquire and put to use.

Now, managers are not interested in employees that know it all … only in employees that constantly put their knowledge capital to work by solving corporate problems or challenges … those employees are the gold mines in any organization.

How To Get A Business Analyst Job Easily

Looking for a new business analyst job can be intimidating whether you are a seasoned business analyst looking for a challenging business analyst position or you are applying for entry-level business analyst positions.

If you do not handle your business analyst job search correctly, you may be passed over for positions that you are really qualified for or your resume may never get to the desk of the hiring managers or you may get discouraged by the lack of interest in your resume from potential employers.

Choosing Online Business Analyst Training Or Software Developer Coaching


I am taking questions from readers like you on business analyst training or software developer coaching, training or mentoring … so go ahead and post your important questions.

I want to answer questions about developing your skills, taking phone or technical interviews, preparing your resume, finding a job, getting training, coaching or mentoring, getting real-world, hands-on experience, getting ahead or getting promotions at work, transitioning to a new career, dealing with difficult relationships at work, beginning your career or advancing your career to a senior or expert level, so read the questions and answers below first and then post your question.

How To Schedule An Online Training Class

If you are interested in registering for an online training class, here is some additional information that you need to consider before you sign up for the ongoing SQL BOOT CAMP or BUSINESS ANALYST BOOT CAMP or SOFTWARE DEVELOPER BOOT CAMP.

Career Roadmap and Career Planning

1. The online SQL BOOT CAMP class is for database developers, data analysts, report writers / developers, business analysts or software developers who want to learn or master two (2) core or fundamental programming skills:

a. Relational database design and database development

b. SQL query writing and SQL programming

Database Design Courses

The training courses at SQL Boot Camp is for data analysts, report
writers, SQL developers, business analysts, computer programmers and database
developers who want to improve their SQL or database skills .

Hands-On Training

The SQL training courses are a combination of hands-on, practical training
combined with real world projects.

Step By Step Training Courses

You study step by step the concepts you need to master to design efficient,
enterprise scalable relational databases at your own pace, schedule
and time and from the comfort
of your home or office.

What Is The Fastest Way To Learn Any Skill?

What is the fastest way to learn a technical, business skill or life skill?

Is any of these the fastest way to learn a skill?

1. Articles, tutorials or books?

2. Video or CD based courses?

3. Audio or MP3 based courses?

My Career Makeover Secret

If you have been following my blog, you probably know by now that I was educated as a chemical engineer.

However, I changed my career to information technology after I graduated and started work.

How To Become A Business Analyst

How To Become A Business Analyst
How To Become A Business Analyst

ON BECOMING A BUSINESS ANALYST – THE BUSINESS ANALYST JOB DESCRIPTION

A business analyst is an information technology worker who improves the efficiency and productivity of business operations.

The business analyst achieves this by closely analyzing the business processes in an organization for inefficiencies.

When inefficient business processes are discovered, the business analyst makes recommendations for business process improvements.

If the recommended solution is approved, the business analyst works with computer programmers, lead software developers, software managers and other information technology workers to implement the recommended solutions.