The Path Has Been Set: Become a Business Analyst

The Path Has Been Set: Become a Business Analyst

For many students graduating from college and professionals looking for their long-term career, the Business Analyst path ibe very inviting.

Many are drawn to the career because of what I like to call the Perfect Career Trifecta; financial stability, professional growth, and personal rewards. 

The biggest challenge to starting your career a Business Analyst isn't actually the learning or landing your first job, but instead it is knowing where to start.

Struggle no longer. Come follow the path to become a Business Analyst!

The Secret to Being Organized as a Business Analyst

The Secret to Being Organized as a Business Analyst

As I was growing up, I quickly realized something about myself... I am not naturally organized.  

In high school, while other students had their organization systems of folders, notebooks, and a planner, I was the person with a pile of papers at the bottom of my backpack, always trying to find that piece of homework I completed the night before.

Unfortunately, throughout high school and even college, I never did develop a good system that worked for me.  Sure I would attempt to stay organized and put some grand scheme in place, but I would always find myself eventually getting complacent and not following through. 

Fortunately for me, as I became a Business Analyst, I was able to turn the corner and become organized. and it was all because of one small, but extremely powerful piece of software.

Top 3 Visual Models: Increase Your Project Success

Top 3 Visual Models: Increase Your Project Success

In my previous blog post, Visual Models Will Make You A More Successful Business Analyst, we explored the idea that visual models can help on your projects to remove complexity, reduce misconceptions, and identify gaps in requirements.

Here we will expand on that idea and touch on the top 3 visual models utilized by Business Analysts.  So in no particular order, let's get started!

Visual Models Will Make You A More Successful Business Analyst

Visual Models Will Make You A More Successful Business Analyst

Visual models are images and contextual descriptions enabling business needs and requirements to come to life.  They are extremely powerful, and are among the most essential tools for Business Analysts to elicit and document complete and accurate requirements. 

Let's take a look at the top 3 reasons visual models assist in the requirements process.

Take a step back to propel yourself forward

Take a step back to propel yourself forward

Looking back over the past few months, I was churning away, spending hours working on tasks related to The BA Guide and everything seemed to be okay.  While I wasn't making much progress on my to do items, like creating new content, I was busy answering student questions, updating and reformatting old lectures, sending informational emails, writing blog posts, adjusting the website, and the like.  

In the middle of the month I remembered some advice I had received years ago, "When things are busy, but limited tangible progress is being made towards your end goal, you should take a step back and assess why."  Some may say this sounds counter-intuitive to stop the engine when things are rolling, but this advice has saved me on numerous occasions, including this one.

The Business Analyst Trend You Need to Know

The Business Analyst Trend You Need to Know

Over the past few years, there has been a growing trend within the business world that affects the Business Analysis community.  Quite simply, companies are attempting to reduce some overhead costs and reduce resource constraints by asking their Business Analysts to do more.  In the past, the majority of companies had the traditional Business Analysts responsible for business need identification, process refinement, requirement elicitation, documentation, and problem solving.  But now, Business Analysts are being asked to have a wider skill set in order to also perform functions of Project Management and Software Testing.  Since many Business Analysts don't have experience or training in these additional areas, anxieties are on the rise.

Fear not, The BA Guide is here to help!

4 Steps to Overcome Your Fear of Large Projects

4 Steps to Overcome Your Fear of Large Projects

That queasy feeling in your stomach.  The sheer magnitude of the challenge ahead.  The uncertainty of where to start.  Those first days after taking on or being assigned to a large, complex project are daunting.

To some, there is a mountain of stress and worry.  To me, I get extremely excited and enthused!  For I have learned, these large projects, while stressful at times, provide the greatest opportunity to grow your skills and craft as a Business Analyst.  These are the projects that will help define your career and will be the building blocks to get you to the next level!

Increase Your Project Success with the 5 Whys Technique

Increase Your Project Success with the 5 Whys Technique

As many parents can attest, getting asked "why?" over and over can be extremely frustrating and annoying.  

Child: "What are you doing?"
Parent: "Putting on my shoes."
Child: "Why?", "Why?", "Why?", ...

Personally, I love this stage of children growing up.  It shows me they are curious and wanting to learn.  Inside of that little head of theirs, they are coming to grips with the actions we are taking and reason for those actions.  Instead of being annoyed, we need to learn from these children, as they are utilizing a technique that can make our projects more successful.

How To Prepare For Your Business Analyst Interview

How To Prepare For Your Business Analyst Interview

Many aspiring Business Analysts think the interview begins when they get all dressed up and walk through the potential employer's door... And they couldn't be more wrong!

An interview should be viewed as a test.  But instead of simply getting all of the answers correct, you need to do better on the test than everyone else that is taking it.

Top 20 Commonly Asked Business Analyst Interview Questions

Top 20 Commonly Asked Business Analyst Interview Questions

How would you like to have a leg up on your competition for that latest Business Analyst position?  

After being in the workforce for many years and applying for various openings, you quickly learn most interviews have the same basic feel to them.  This is because nearly 75% of all questions asked in interviews are relatively the same.

Top 7 Reasons You Should Become a Business Analyst

Top 7 Reasons You Should Become a Business Analyst

Why should you become a Business Analyst? While I could take direction from what parents tend to say to their kids, "because I said so..." doesn't quite have the impact I am looking for.  Instead, let me explain what drew me to the career and why it is even better now than when I first started those years ago.