Stephen Covey advises us to put “First Things First”
But, when it comes to our careers or jobs figuring that out or prioritizing the most important things proves to be a surprising challenge for many IT Workers!
For example, while some believe that certifications are required for getting a job, others put more value on hands-on skills and experience!
So, the question is, which comes first in your career, “your hands-on skills & experience” or “your certifications”?
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
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.
In some organizations, the technical lead or senior software developer is also asked to gather, analyze or document the software development requirements.
This may be the case when:
- Cowboy Coding -The Organization has not fully embraced any formal software development methodology
- Cost Cutting -The manager wants to cut costs by not hiring for full-time business analysts
- Role Differentiation – The IT / Software Development manager combines the business analyst role into the software development role
This post answers questions received from senior business analysts asking about how to carve out an upwardly mobile career path in their company or organization.
The answers in this post are presented as tips, solutions or ideas for business analysts looking towards a better career path.
If you have a question about your business analyst career, be sure to post it as a comment on this post and I will be glad to answer it for you.
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.
You are reading this post because you are interested in learning or mastering business analysis for a number of reasons like
- You may have read the US Bureau of Statistics report which predicts that the business analyst role will be one of the fastest growing occupations through 2012
- You are a computer programmer or software tester who is getting burned out on the monotony of coding or testing
- You may be interested in learning business analyst because you will gain more visibility by interacting with users and managers
The good news is that the economy is adding on jobs because it is the time of year when budgets have been approved and employers traditionally post more jobs and because the economy is also beginning to recover.
This is as good a time as any to dust off your resume, polish your act and start the career you have always wanted.
This article tells you how to do that … get back into the job market and start the business analyst career you’ve always wanted!
The Business Analysts Role In Bringing Data Warehousing To Your Office
Today’s business executives spend a ton of cash on data warehouse projects because that is a big, key, strategic business initiative; the success of which weighs heavily on their minds.
Data warehousing is important because it saves or aggregates information in a manner that allows executives, management or office users to make strategic business decisions faster, better and more easily!
5 Steps to a New Business Analyst Career
I talk to a number of business analysts interested in changing careers to new domains.
They come from diverse backgrounds (insurance, sales, financial, etc.) and they all share a common goal … that of switching careers to new domains.
So, when one of these business analysts asked; if I would like to throw more light on changing BA careers / domains at job interviews, I was glad to say yes 🙂
The Six Sigma career path intersects or shares a number of tools, processes, goals and techniques with the business analyst career path.
So, in this post I would like to introduce you to the … Six Sigma Business Analyst.
Ask IT Career Coach
This post answers the question submitted by a business analyst who is enrolled at the business analyst boot camp.
If you have a question or challenge, be sure to send it using: Ask IT Career Coach and we will answer it for you, just as we are answering the question below!
Finding a job is just a numbers game, so submitting my resume to several job postings will get me hired … says a business analyst!
This is the mindset of some IT job seekers who approach the business of finding a job as if it is purely a numbers game.
But is a successful job search simply a numbers game or is there more to getting a job than that?
This question was submitted by Merry who wants to know “how to become the best business analyst in a competitive business analyst job market.”
If you need help with a Question or Challenge, be sure to ask it as a comment on this page and I will answer it fully just as I am answering Merry’s questions below!
Here is Merry’s Question on Becoming The Best Business Analyst
This question was posted by Victor who needs advice on “how to change careers from a banking domain to business analysis.”
If you need help with a Question or Challenge, be sure to ask it as a comment on this page and I will answer it fully just as I am answering Victor’s questions below!
This question was posted by a Business Analyst in Milton Keynes, United Kingdom.
If you have a Burning Question or a Challenge that you need help with, be sure to ask your question as a comment on this page and I will answer it fully just as I am answering the question below!
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.
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?
On of my readers needs help with finding a business analyst job, so I am posting the information I provided to him in this article.
If you have any questions about this or about your business analyst career, post it as comment at the end of this post and I would also answer or address it for you.
Here is the business analyst career question posted by my reader:
Hi – my greatest challenge is the fact that I’ve never held an IT Business Analyst position.
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.
Once you’ve determined that Business Analysis is your dream job your next steps will be to get trained, get networked and get your entry level business analyst job.
SigningUp For The Business Analyst Boot Camp
The next thing you will need to achieve your goal of becoming a business analyst and at the minimum, getting an entry level job, is to get trained.
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.
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.
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.