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Non-Traditional Careers for Business Analysts – Part 2

Non-Traditional Careers for Business Analysts – Part 2
Non-Traditional Careers for Business Analysts - Part 2

Non-Traditional Careers for Business Analysts – Part 2

This article is Part 2 of a series on Non-Traditional career opportunities in the IT Industry..

Now is a good time for business analysts to “consider or understand all the different career paths available for earning a living” because all the changes that are taking place in our marketplace, technology and culture have fundamentally transformed the way we work or the opportunities available to us.

with this in mind, I will address a question submitted by a reader (Kintu Vicent) about “how to earn an income as a business analyst without regular, traditional employment!“.

Tool Minded Business Analysts Can’t Be Solution Minded!

Tool Minded Business Analysts Can’t Be Solution Minded!

Tool Minded Business Analysts Can't Be Solution Minded!

Tool Minded Business Analysts Can't Be Solution Minded!

You are a tool minded business analyst, if the first question that comes to your
mind on hearing the words: “Use Cases, UML or User Acceptance Testing” is: “what tool
should I use to create my Use Case / UML / User Acceptance requirements document
with?”

Tool minded business analysts are more interested in learning the intricacies, features
or behavior
of the software tools used in their requirements elicitation, analysis or documentation tasks than in correctly
analyzing, validating or defining business requirements.

How To Earn Significantly More Money, When Your Career Hits a Plateau!

How To Earn Significantly More Money, When Your Career Hits a Plateau!

How To Earn Significantly More Money, When Your Career Hits a Plateau!

How To Earn Significantly More Money, When Your Career Hits a Plateau!


Have you you reached a plateau in your career?

If you have, consider becoming a contractor.

As a contractor, you may earn significantly more money (20% to 50% more) and you will find more challenging work for your skill sets.

In this post, I will show how you to minimize the risks while maximizing the benefits of being a contractor so that you end up with significantly more money in your pocket!

What Software Do I Learn to Become A Business Analyst?

What Software Do I Learn to Become A Business Analyst?
what software should you-learn to become a business analyst?

what software should you-learn to become a business analyst?

[Ask IT Career Coach] is a Career Advice Newsletter for Information Technology (IT) professionals including business analysts, computer programmers, data analysts, database developers, technical writers, project managers and software testers.

If you, have a challenging question about your career, submit it here and we will answer yours just as we are answering this question submitted by a technical writer titled: What Software Do I Learn to Become A Business Analyst?

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How do I learn or get the software knowledge that would make me a business analyst?

What Do You Study To Become A Business Analyst?

What Do You Study To Become A Business Analyst?

What Courses Do You Study To Become A Business Analyst?

What Courses Do You Study To Become A Business Analyst?


You may start a business analysts career by taking some of the courses discussed in this post.

Keep in mind that for business analysis careers, soft skills count as much or in some cases even more than hard skills.

So, don’t make the classical rookie mistake of focusing on the hard skill requirements to the detriment of your soft skills!

The list of formal, informal or college courses that you may study for a business analyst career include:

Is your Project Sponsor a Servant Leader?

Is your Project Sponsor a Servant Leader?

Project Sponsors, Servant Leaders?

Project Sponsors, Servant Leaders?


Having good or effective project sponsors is one of the ways you can prevent project failure which is a real problem considering that nearly two – thirds of projects fail!

The project sponsor is not the business analyst even though the project sponsor helps the business analyst in gathering requirements and the project sponsor is not the project manager even though the project sponsor helps the project manager deliver a successful project.

It is the project sponsor’s job to ensure that the project team (project manager, business analysts, and team lead) have the technical or operational resources they need and that the project is aligned with the strategic needs of the organization.

Writing Better Requirements: Why Projects Fail

Writing Better Requirements: Why Projects Fail

Write Better Requirements

Write Better Requirements


Why Do We Need Better Requirements?

The following article is a frank, open and surprising discourse on why we need better requirements.

According to Standish or Gartner reports and other case studies, nearly “two-thirds of all IT projects fail” because of poor requirements and other causes.

Why Do Projects Fail?

Consider that a project fails when it overruns the budgeted allocation of resources, time or money or fails to deliver the intended business requirements or value.

Some teams are so deep into this, that throwing more money, people or extending the shipping date is their default solution to scope creep, budget overruns or project failure!

Why Is Requirements Management A Top In-Demand Skill?

Why Is Requirements Management A Top In-Demand Skill?
Requirements Management Skills In Demand

Requirements Management Skills In Demand

Is Requirements Management Helpful?

If you work in an office where requirements management is a low priority, an afterthought or a process imposed by senior management, you may begin to lose sight of the value that requirements management offers.

In between chasing down your stakeholders for interviews, wrestling with your use cases or managing conflict and corporate politics, you may decide to abort what sometimes seems like meaningless meetings or endless paperwork.

What you may not know is that the reason you’re chasing down stakeholders or having so much trouble gathering requirements is that you don’t have an effective Requirements Management framework in place.

Do Business Analysts Need Computer Programmer Skills?

Do Business Analysts Need Computer Programmer Skills?

Business Analysts Learn Computer Programming

Business Analysts Learn Computer Programming

Are database development, computer programming, data analysis or web development required skills for Business Analysts?

Perhaps you’ve seen, heard about or applied for jobs asking for a broad or seemingly impossible range of skill sets?

Like those job descriptions for business analysts requiring computer programming skills or those for PMP Certified Project Managers with 5 years of software development experience!

This post addresses “how to bridge the gap between business analyst skills and unfair job descriptions written-up by Information Technology (IT) departments”

The Most Valuable Business Analysis Skills Are ??

The Most Valuable Business Analysis Skills Are ??

What Are The Most Valuable Business Analyst Skills?

What Are The Most Valuable Business Analyst Skills?

One of the toughest challenges facing business analysts today is building the domain experience required for business analyst jobs.

Acquiring business analyst domain experience from scratch is hard because you need to get a job before you can build domain expertise … yet no-one will give you a job without that required domain experience!

This post however discusses how to get around the business analyst domain experience required for business analysis jobs.

How To Become A Healthcare Business Analyst

How To Become A Healthcare Business Analyst
healthcare business analyst career path

healthcare business analyst career path

This question was posted by a Healthcare Business Analyst looking for work!

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Is the Job Market Good Or Bad For Business Analysts?

Is the Job Market Good Or Bad For Business Analysts?
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Ask IT Career Coach

This question was posted by a Business Analyst in Milton Keynes, United Kingdom.

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Bonus Use Cases Training In The Business Analyst Book

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

Good Note Taking Means More Efficient Requirements Elicitation

Good Note Taking Means More Efficient Requirements Elicitation

The discussion of requirements elicitation tools and techniques rarely seems to include a discussion of the best way to document your findings.

Lifehack has written an insightful post on How to Take Notes like Thomas Edison.

Thomas Edison’s diary contains five million pages and is maintained as an important part of the United States historical record. Two of the criteria for Edison’s record system are crucial to the Business Analyst:

Item #3 -The Records must be Rearward-looking. Basically, you should always keep requirements traceability in mind as you take notes.

How to Elicit, Capture or Gather Requirements Effectively

How to Elicit, Capture or Gather Requirements Effectively Requirements Elicitation is a crucial aspect of Requirements Gathering and Analysis. There are many tools and techniques available to business analysts to succeed at gathering the right requirements for a software development project. These tools and techniques include Interviewing, Observation, Brainstorming, Focus Groups, Prototyping and Surveys

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.

Business Analysts Don’t Really “Gather” Requirements

Business Analysts Don’t Really “Gather” Requirements This article is a discussion of the many Requirements Elicitation tools and techniques that are available to Business Analysts and project management team. A mastery of these tools and techniques help the business analyst have more success in the requirements gathering process.
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.

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

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.

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