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New Post 6/28/2011 7:42 AM
User is offline Manoj Joshi
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Technical Writer to Business Analyst-- Help Needed 

Hello Friends,

I work as Technical Writer and want to become a Business Analyst.

Do let me know about any of the courses that can help me to gain the knowledge essential for Business Analyst.

Thanks in Advance.

New Post 8/25/2011 9:27 AM
User is offline wianp
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Re: Technical Writer to Business Analyst-- Help Needed 


I worked as a Technical Author for 10 years and completed an MA degree in the subject. This helped me to appreciate that real technical writing uses many of the core skills also required of a Business Analyst - eliciting business requirements, interviewing techniques, document analysis, stakeholder analysis etc. - although technical writing projects are mostly aimed at documenting systems, products or processes 'as is' (hence the crossover with as-is modelling). It is not that much of a stretch to cover the other classical BA techniques, although I would suggest the ISEB qualifications as a starting point.

For my part, after technical authoring I moved into contract technical business analyst roles because I happened to have long expertise of the general insurance software I was formerly documenting.

Start with a junior BA role while you're studying and build your resume experience from there. There are different specialisms within business analysis, so you could lean more towards pure business consultancy, technical (IT business analyst), management / business intelligence, financial modelling etc. - it is becoming a broad church!

Good luck in the future,




New Post 8/26/2011 4:24 AM
User is offline Tony Markos
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Re: Technical Writer to Business Analyst-- Help Needed 


I am very experience in both.  Business analyst describes system behavior at higher levels of abstraction.  Tech Writer describes system behavior at often very detail, concrete levels.

The problem with your question is that most BA's are really implementation oriented people who like a BA title.  Real Business Analysis basically does not exist.




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