[Ask IT Career Coach] is a Career Advice Column for Information Technology (IT) professionals looking for answers to their most challenging career situations.
This post answers the question posted by a reader in Chantilly, Virginia who needs some practical help and advice on how to start a career in business analysis.
Here is the reader’s question:
I am struggling to place myself as a Business Analyst. It just seems like I am in a circle trying to find a corner … Most of the requirements are unique and specific and ask for Business Intelligence skills or Data Analysis which has become a very big challenge /struggle for any beginner in the BA / IT field.
Models like Agile, Extreme Programming, Scrum or Waterfall are used by project managers, business analysts, software developers or quality assurance analysts to describe how a project is managed or a software product is built.
The software development life cycle determines how risks are managed, business requirements documented, resources estimated and allocated, stakeholder expectations or customer feedback is managed and when software / quality assurance testing is performed.
Each software development model recommends a set of guidelines or best practices for developing software.
I am receiving a number of questions on software testing or quality assurance careers.
Some of the frequently asked questions about these careers are: “should I become a software tester“, “is software testing better or worse than business analysis“, “should I transition to or from a software testing career“.
So, I would begin to answer these questions by first providing some context or background to my readers on the quality assurance / software testing career path.