How To Become Business Analyst? – Prerequisites
I want to be a business analyst, but I’m not sure about the skills required to become Business Analyst?
I often come across people asking these questions and honestly speaking, even I had similar questions in the earlier stage of my career. I’ve tried to explain prerequisite for Business Analyst profession based on my personal experience and I would appreciate if you can also contribute by sharing your thought in the comment section of this article. Before I start with prerequisite for Business Analyst, let’s see who Business Analysts is;
Business analysis is a research discipline of identifying business needs and determining solutions to business problems. Solutions often include a software systems development component, but may also consist of process improvement, organizational change or strategic planning and policy development.
Below are the basic prerequisites for the Business Analyst position, however, other skills will be learned and developed with the experience.
#1. Domain Knowledge:
Domain knowledge (like Healthcare, Banking & Finance, Payroll, Oil & GAS etc.) plays a very important role for Business Analyst position as it helps to take decisions and also to understand the business requirement in order to propose the quality solution. Lack of domain knowledge can make Business Analyst’s life miserable (Generally company hires BA professional if they have minimum 3 years of domain experience). I would encourage to have enough domain knowledge if you are looking for Business Analyst position.
#2. Analytical/Analysis Skills:
One of the major role of a Business Analyst to analyze the business requirement and for that BA should be expert in understanding what client is trying to say and also should be able to frame and divide in business requirements. BA should have the skills of qualitative analysis skills to analyze the record, finding patterns for organization’s growth and take strategic decisions. Below may help you this:
#3. Documentation Skills:
Being a BA, you need to prepare various documents, hence you should have documentation skills and articulation skills to create self-explanatory documents. You should be able to understand the business requirement and able to write each requirement in simple language (without any technical jargon) so that it could be used by any business stakeholder.
You may like to read : – Top 10 Documents Created By Business Analyst
#4. Communication & Interpersonal Skills:
You should have excellent communication and listening skills in order to fully understand client’s requirement, drive meeting and other requirement gathering sessions. This is the must-have skills for the Business Analyst because most of the time you will have to play smart in order understand Business Requirement and baseline the same. Any miscommunication can make the bad impact in the later phase of the project, hence Business Analyst should be smart enough to communicate properly to keep every stakeholder on the same page.
#7. Convincing skills:
#8. UML diagrams:
Being a BA, you will have to create various diagrams to show requirements in pictorial format, hence BA should know UML diagrams to achieve the same. UML diagrams help to demonstrate the requirement for Business stakeholders and could be one of the best tools for quality requirement gathering. “Use Case” diagram is the one which you will come across very frequently and you may find this article interesting :- [Use Case] What? Why? and How? All You Need To Know
#9. Proactive, Ownership & Leadership:
#10. Training and (Functional/UAT) testing skills:
#11. Excel and Presentation Skills:
You should have MS office skills, especially Excel and PowerPoint for reporting and presentation purpose. You will be responsible for maintaining records and preparing various presentations, especially for Business Case. Below article may be very useful for you;
#12. Some Technical Skills: