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Steps to become a BA

Become a BA – 3 simple steps

Business analysis is one of the most alluring career path for many IT and non-IT professionals. Business analysts who act like a liaison among different stakeholders always sit at the driver’s seat and manage the requirements throughout the project life-cycle. The BA’s job starts right from the planning and continues till the project moves to the maintenance phase. Business analysts are not bound to the job titles and they perform the set of tasks and techniques in order to understand the requirements and recommend the solutions. Business analysis is not just about the requirements and managing them but it is much more than that which includes problem analysis, process modelling, and stakeholder analysis, assessing and validating the solutions.

The business analysts focus on delivering business value and ensuring that the stakeholders’ needs are met. The basic fundamental to keep in mind is that the business analysis is not about completing the tasks in time but it’s about the processes, it’s about providing quality solutions against the business requirements and needs. During my career path I have been obliged to work with many skilled professionals and according to them the business analysis is not as easy as it seems and also it’s not as complicated as people make it. It’s about understanding the needs and moulding the skills as per the requirements. Getting into the BA shoes is very challenging as it requires lots of patience and intellect to deal with different stakeholders and in the meantime managing the requirements. But as Salvador Dali has said, “It is either easy or impossible”. So let’s make it easy to get into the BA shoes in 3 simple steps:

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Roles and Responsibilities of a BA

Over the last few decades the role of Business analysts has been evolved from just eliciting, managing or documenting the requirements to gap analysis, risk analysis, strategy and enterprise analysis and many more. The BA is now more prominent and has developed himself in certain other areas where he can utilize his skills in several other fields which are important for the successful completion of the project and to avoid any zany decisions which may lead to the delay in the completion of the project.

The roles and responsibilities of a BA is quite wide and scattered. A BA has to work with different teams and act as a liaison among different stakeholders to mitigate any ambiguity in the requirements. On one hand a BA works with the business owners to pull out exact requirements and on the other he helps the development team to grasp the requirement completely.

The area of BA’s work is vast and challenging. Depending on the organization, the responsibilities can be varied. In some organizations a business analyst is more inclined towards technical details and has very less business knowledge, on the other hand there are some organizations which hire Business analysts with very strong hold on business understanding. I believe a successful business analyst is one who can not only see “the larger picture” of the business scope but also able to understand the technical and architectural catalysts.

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