Welcome to The BA Guide
change your life, become
a business analyst
I'm Jeremy Aschenbrenner, creator of The BA Guide. If you desire to begin your career as a Business Analyst but are unsure where to start, or have begun the process but got lost along the way, then you are at the right place.
I'm here to tell you the truth. The path to becoming a Business Analyst is not short nor easy. I'll guide you and give you the information you need, but I can't force you to take action... that's up to you.
"Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen." - Michael Jordan
your path to becoming a Business Analyst
STAGE 1: Validate interest
Before you start down the path, we first need to validate the role of a Business Analyst is something you want to pursue further.
STAGE 2: LEARN THE FUNDAMENTALS
The exciting stuff begins! This leg of your journey is all about understanding the basics of Business Analysis. These initial concepts will build the foundation for you to put all of your future knowledge on top of.
- Tasks of a Business Analyst
- SMART requirements
- Elicitation techniques
- Business Requirements Document (BRD)
- Requirements specification
- Prioritizing requirements
- Software Development Life Cycles
- Identifying and managing project stakeholders
- Uncovering and documenting business rules
- Visual modeling concepts
- Gaining business approval
- Conducting a project review
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STAGE 3: enhance your knowledge
Now that you know the basics, it is time to dig in deeper on some extremely important topics. Since learning all of these may be a bit overwhelming, start by picking 2 or 3 of the concepts which interest you the most and complete those before moving to Stage 4.
- Visual Modeling (why are visual models important?)
Still unsure what you should learn about first? In the above list the * symbols denote my top recommendations.
STAGE 4: enter the job market
Here is where your hard work pays off. It is time to begin your career as a Business Analyst. Since this stage can be daunting, I have several items to help you.
stage 5: continue learning
Once you have started interviewing, or maybe even landed your Business Analyst position, it is important to continue learning. Here are some options for you:
- Finish up the remaining in-demand topics from Stage 3
- Validate your new skills with a certification
- Round out your skills by reading some Business Analysis related books
Have a question or suggestion?
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