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First day, first week as BA in a new industry. What to expect, how do I prepare? 
Modified By TorontoBA  on 6/11/2009 9:04:25 AM)

 Hello,

 

What should I expect and how do I prepare for my  first day and first week on the job as a Business Analyst? 

 

Thank you,

 

TorontoBA

 
New Post 6/16/2009 1:34 PM
User is offline Adrian M.
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Re: First day, first week as BA in a new industry. What to expect, how do I prepare? 

Hi TorontoBA,

In short "Keep your eyes and ears open and keep your mouth shut!"... ;-)

Basically this is your time to learn as much as you can about:

  • What you role is expected to be? Ask questions, ask for the job descriptions, ask other BAs what they do, network with others, do lunch with your new co-workers.
  • What analysis methodologies, best practices, processes are in place (if any)? Find any process documents, internal courses, ask you new boss, ask a senior BA to mentor you.
  • Learn as much as you can about the business domain!  Devour information from the Line of Business you'll be supporting, find business training courses and training materials, etc.  Begin to develop a mental model (and document it if that has not already been done) of the business processes, business entities, etc.
  • Find out who the key players are: SMEs, LOB Executives, Technology Executives, etc.
  • Dive into the project you have been assigned to? Get info from the PM or documentation regarding the status of the project, documentation sources, key players, etc.

You really should make a plan of attack with the focus to learn and understand as much as possible!

- Adrian


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