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What is a business analysis and how to become a Business Analyst?

To succeed in the market, businesses need to take advantage of all the resources they can find. Smart decisions are critical for business success, and reliable information is the key to making smart decisions.

The primer you will get is about learning what business analysts are, why they are needed, and how to become one.  You may realize why you need one in your organization, those of you who are looking for a good career may have found it.

First, we need to understand what is business analyst.

What is Business Analyst?

  • A Business Analyst is a bridge between developers and stakeholders/Product Owners.
  • One who has the responsibility to obtain, analyze, collect, validate, verify, and manage the real needs of the project owner.
  • The business analyst should be good at capturing and understanding requirements, so he is also known as a requirements analyst, requirements engineer, requirements manager, system analyst, or simply analyst.
  • Business Analysts will research and analyze the business.
  • He should have more business knowledge and less technical knowledge.

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What is Business Analysis Process?

Business analysis is a multilevel process that is aimed at identifying and defining the requirements that must be fulfilled to achieve ‘business Goals’.  In this tutorial, we will see what are the different phases of the BA process. In the next tutorial, we will discuss this in detail.

  • Step 1 is to Gather information
  • Step 2 is to plan meetings
  • Step 3 is analyzing all the current project-relevant documents.
  • Step 4 record all the facts and information discovered
  • Step 5 is understanding the problem domain.
  • The last step is presenting Business requirements.

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What skills are needed to be a Business Analyst?

1. Listening skills
Good listening skills can detect what people are hesitant to say.
2. Interviewing and questioning skills
Excellent questions to ask people and groups about their needs and essential requirements’ information.
3. Thinking on your feet
BA needs to go beyond planned questions and respond to whatever input you hear from the people you are interviewing.
4. Analytical skills
In order to critically evaluate the information gathered from multiple sources, reconcile conflicts, decompose high-level information into details, and abstract up from low-level information to a more general understanding.
5. Systems thinking skills
Some sort of technical thinking is needed to be able to see the interactions and relationships between the people, processes, and technology involved in an environment.
6. Learning skills
Learning skills are very important because a BA needs to learn from past experiences and must pick up new information quickly.
7. Leadership skills
A BA has to be a good leader to create a collaborative environment and influence people to move toward a common goal.
8. Observational skills
Observational skills are required to validate data obtained via other techniques and expose new areas for elicitation.
9. Communication skills
Communication skills must communicate information effectively and in appropriate forms to customers, marketing, managers, and technical staff.

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10. Organizational skills
Some sort of organizational skill is needed to work with the vast array of information gathered during elicitation and analysis, and to cope with rapidly changing information.
11. Modeling skills
BA has to represent requirements information in some graphical forms that augment textual representations in natural language, including using modeling languages already established in the development organization.

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