Thursday, 16 November 2017

Getting Started In Business Analysis

InfoGraphic - Getting Started In Business Analysis
InfoGraphic - Getting Started In Business Analysis


I've seen quite a few posts on Facebook from people who want to know how to get started in a Business Analysis career.

There seems to be some confusion and some misconceptions about this.

So I've started on producing what I hope will be some useful info for aspiring Business Analysts.

First - an InfoGraphic - Getting Started In Business Analysis - that covers some of the key points.

A sample of this is above and the full graphic is at the foot of this post.

You can download a more readable version - in .pdf format - from my Facebook group - here -
Facebook - Business Analysis Learning

One of the key points that I've covered is BA Starting Points.

One misconception seems to be that you have to have an IT / technical background to get a job as a Business Analyst. This is not true. It may be a requirement for some BA jobs - but for many it is not. It is fairly common for BAs to be recruited from a business role.

Another misconception is that specialist business domain knowledge is needed - for example Financial Services or Logistics. Again - this is not true for all BA roles, especially at entry level.

I'll be writing a series of blog posts on this subject to add more and answer a few more questions.

I'm also working on a short training course - aimed at getting aspiring BAs on track.
The content will be based broadly on the content of the InfoGraphic.
More on that as well in due course.

A few links that you might find interesting and helpful.

Adrian Reed's Business Analysis Blog:
Becoming A Business Analyst

This Blog:
Business Analysis - Professional Qualifications - Foundation Level

International Institute of Business Analysis - IIBA®:
What is Business Analysis?

More on this coming soon - and if you have any questions - please post them in the Comments section below.






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Steve McIntosh. Business Analyst
St Ives, Cornwall, UK.



Thursday, 21 September 2017

Stakeholder Analysis - Notes - Part 3 - External Stakeholders

Business Analysis Techniques - Stakeholder Analysis
Business Analysis Techniques - Stakeholder Analysis 


Here are some Key Point Notes on Business Analysis Techniques - Stakeholder Analysis.

This topic is part of the syllabus for the British Computer Society (BCS) Certificate in Requirements Engineering and the BCS Foundation Certificate in Business Analysis.

The notes below are based on the syllabus for Certificate in Requirements Engineering and the specific terms used are those needed for answers in the BCS examinations.

Stakeholder Analysis also features as part of the various certificates awarded by the International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA) - so people studying for those will also find these notes helpful.
But - be aware that the examinations for these are based on the Business Analysis Body of Knowledge (BABOK) - so the terms used there may be different in some cases.


Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Stakeholder Analysis - Notes - Part 2 - Business Stakeholders

Business Analysis Techniques - Stakeholder Analysis
Business Analysis Techniques - Stakeholder Analysis 


Here are some Key Point Notes on Business Analysis Techniques - Stakeholder Analysis.

This topic is part of the syllabus for the British Computer Society (BCS) Certificate in Requirements Engineering and the BCS Foundation Certificate in Business Analysis.

The notes below are based on the syllabus for Certificate in Requirements Engineering and the specific terms used are those needed for answers in the BCS examinations.

Stakeholder Analysis also features as part of the various certificates awarded by the International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA) - so people studying for those will also find these notes helpful.
But - be aware that the examinations for these are based on the Business Analysis Body of Knowledge (BABOK) - so the terms used there may be different in some cases.


Friday, 15 September 2017

Stakeholder Analysis - Notes - Part 1 - Project Stakeholders

Business Analysis Techniques - Stakeholder Analysis
Business Analysis Techniques - Stakeholder Analysis


Here are some Key Point Notes on Business Analysis Techniques - Stakeholder Analysis.

This topic is part of the syllabus for the British Computer Society (BCS) Certificate in Requirements Engineering and the BCS Foundation Certificate in Business Analysis.

The notes below are based on the syllabus for Certificate in Requirements Engineering and the specific terms used are those needed for answers in the BCS examinations.

Stakeholder Analysis also features as part of the various certificates awarded by the International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA) - so people studying for those will also find these notes helpful.
But - be aware that the examinations for these are based on the Business Analysis Body of Knowledge (BABOK) - so the terms used there may be different in some cases.


Thursday, 14 September 2017

Business Analysis - Requirements Prioritisation

DSDM Atern Handbook - MoSCoW Prioritisation
Business Analysis - Requirements Prioritisation


I've recently researched and built the first of my "Bite Size BA" training packages -
Prioritisng Requirements and MoSCoW Rules.

The acronym MoSCow was first used a few years back as part of the Agile development framework - Dynamic Systems Development Method (DSDM).

The method is now managed and developed by The Agile Business Consortium.

MoSCow stands for:
  • Must Have
  • Should Have
  • Could Have
  • Won't Have

Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Business Analysis - Professional Qualifications - Foundation

Business Analysis - Foundation - Textbooks
Business Analysis - Foundation - Textbooks


For trainee and junior Business Analysts or for those seeking a career move - two entry level qualifications are widely recognised worldwide.

British Computer Society - Foundation Certificate in Business Analysis.

International Institute of Business Analysis - Entry Certificate in Business Analysis.

Here is some information that you will find useful - with links to find out more ......

Friday, 21 July 2017

Business Analysis - Professional Qualifications

Business Analysis - Professional Qualifications
Business Analysis - Professional Qualifications


I've seen many posts on Facebook and other social media from aspiring / trainee Business Analysts about how to get into and then progress in the BA role.

A common response from other BAs is that it is experience and business domain knowledge that matters - more than professional qualifications.

Others disagree - it really is a matter of opinion ........