Saturday, 10 March 2018

Getting Started in Business Analysis

Getting Started in Business Analysis
Getting Started in Business Analysis


I have just launched my new course on Udemy - Getting Started in Business Analysis.

Udemy is a brilliant online training platform - where course are highly interactive - informative - and fun! One great feature is that you can do a course in stages - at a time to suit you.

My course includes video lectures, slideshows, quizzes to test your knowledge and case study exercises so you can practice your BA skills.

The course is aimed at those new to BA - so will NOT suit more experienced analysts.

Anybody seeking to move into Business Analysis from an IT / technical role or a business role.
Recent graduates seeking a job in Business Analysis.
Or maybe you just want to learn more about the BA role.

So if you are just starting out and looking at a BA career - take a look.

There is a detailed course description - so you can see if it suits you..
Also some sessions that you can try out for free.

If you enrol I will provide you with help and support as needed right through the course.

If you have any queries or need more info - contact me.

I'm offering discounted places to blog readers -
 £14.99 (UK Pounds) - half the standard price.

Take a look - use the link below ......
Getting Started in Business Analysis




Wednesday, 7 February 2018

IIBA Global Business Analysis Core Standard


IIBA - Global Business Analysis Core Standard
IIBA - Global Business Analysis Core Standard


Recently published - the International Institute of Business Analysis - IIBA - Global Business Analysis Core Standard is intended to represent the core and most fundamental practices of business analysis

Subtitled - "Now we can all speak the same language." - it defines:
  • Business Analysis Key Concepts.
  • Core Standard Knowledge Areas.
In my opinion - essential reading for both aspiring and practising Business Analysts.
Particularly if you are working towards any of the IIBA professional certificates.
It is an abridged version of the Business Analysis Body of Knowledge which defines the full syllabus for these qualifications.

It might be less relevant to BAs studying for British Computer Society qualifications, which use a slightly different syllabus and terminology. But worth reading nonetheless.

It is free to download from the IIBA website and free to use for personal, professional, or educational purposes.

It will be particularly useful for those looking to get started in Business Analysis simply because it tells you what business analysts do. Also to some extent - how and why.

For practising analysts its maybe more of a "checklist" to identify areas that you need to study and understand more fully.

To give you a flavour - here is a short extract - from Section 1.1 - What is Business Analysis?

Business analysis is the practice of enabling change in an enterprise by defining needs and recommending solutions that deliver value to stakeholders. Business analysis enables an enterprise to articulate needs and the rationale for change, and to design and describe solutions that can deliver value.

Business analysis is performed on a variety of initiatives within an enterprise. Initiatives may be strategic, tactical, or operational. Business analysis may be performed within the boundaries of a project or throughout enterprise evolution and continuous improvement. It can be used to understand the current state, to define the future state, and to determine the activities required to move from the current to the future state.

So a simple and slightly old fashioned suggestion - take some time off Facebook and instead download, read and digest this document!

Maybe take some notes as you go along - areas that you want to learn more about, any points that you don't understand and need to research further.

You can download a copy from the IIBA website - here:
IIBA - Global Business Analysis Core Standard

As ever - any comments here are welcome - and once you've read through the Core Standard
I'll be happy to help if anything needs explaining or adding to.



Steve McIntosh - Business Analyst

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


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.



Update - my course Getting Started in Business Analysis is now live and online.
Click the link below for more info and to enrol on the course:
Getting Started in Business Analysis



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.






Steve McIntosh - Business Analyst

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Steve McIntosh - LinkedIn

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