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New Post 2/16/2010 3:39 PM
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Re: Another New BA Question 
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I work as a Program Manager/ BA leads for the BA's working in my company and have a total of 13 years of experience. I have been teaching Business analysis and Project Management courses for the past 8 years now.
Some of the processes and techniques that a BA must know and I prepare them for are : 
1. I start the course with basic Jargon's of IT industry
2. Give you an overview on what BA is and What are the roles & expectations from BA
3.Talk about the IT people and your role as a BA in supporting them
4.Understand Stakeholders,Client's
5Understand SDLC Methodologies
6.Undertsand Requirement phase and different requirement types: Business, user, functional requirements
7.Activities that are supported in requirement phase
8.How do you gather effective requirements and write them
9.Techniques like process modelling, UML, Use cases and Diagrams
10. Managing requirements
11.Various documents and case studies on the documents
12.Managing change control in projects
13.Deal with vendor, testers, developers
14. Challenges and how to overcome them 

New Post 2/21/2010 1:12 PM
User is offline Laura Brandenburg
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Re: Another New BA Question 

Good luck in your new role. You are doing the right thing by seeking out the advice of others and being aware of how new all this will be for you. You've received a lot of great advice. I would only add a few other ideas.

It sounds like you might be starting in a new role where there is not yet a defined process. If this is the case, i would take some time to really think about what the process should be and be sure to ask all your stakeholders how you can best help them in your role. This will ensure you've got buy-in on the direction you take.

The other idea you might consider is soliciting the help of a mentor. Look for a mentor in your organization, at your IIBA meetings, or through social networks like this one.  A mentor would be able to help you be more confident in your approach and craft responses to any issues that come up. They'd be able to provide guidance based on their experiences, review deliverables, make suggestions to help you avoid common pitfalls, etc.

Again. Good luck!

Laura Brandenburg

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