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New Post 12/22/2011 1:38 AM
User is offline Dev
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Suggestion on Add on knowledge for a BA in IT 

 Hi

I am presently working as a Business Analyst in an IT company at the entry level.

I would like to know what are the add on skills that are necessary for a Business Analyst.

Like sholud I know HTML, some coding, web designing, data bases, UML etc, which are apart from the basic skills of a business analyst.

Regards

Dev

 
New Post 12/23/2011 1:21 AM
Online now... Adrian M.
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Hi Dev,

The problem is that Business Analysis entails different things for different organizations.  Before answering your question, it would be helpful to understand what types of tasks do analysts in your organization perform.

There are many flavors of analysts out there and I'm trying to figure out what are the expectations of your employer.

Adrian


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New Post 1/16/2012 8:33 PM
User is offline Dev
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Hi Adrian,

The level of task in my company is like any other standard company. For me being in the entry level i have to do the documentation, wireframes, various diagrams. But i would like to know going further what are the skill that i would require in this field.

Regards

Dev

 
New Post 1/17/2012 6:34 AM
User is offline Tony Markos
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Hi:

Sounds like you want to be a real business analyst:  Someone who primarily analyizes businesses vs being some sort of implementation coordinator (which most BA that I have seen really are).

If one goes to the public library and looks up the word  "analysis", the first listed definition will probably say something like  analysis is "partitioning and entity (such as a manual or automated system) into its component parts and then examining how the parts interrelate".

The first word "partitioning"  is the key to understanding what business analysis really is.  As a system can not be seen or felt, properly partitioning it logically, and naturally is difficult.

But understand what partitioning is and how to do it will move you way ahead of the pack.

Tony

 
New Post 1/26/2012 3:15 PM
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Dev,

There are a couple of directions you can go - you can work on building new 'skills' (or enhancing existing skills) like the ones listed as Competencies in the BABOK, or you could work on learning new tools and techniques (such as UML, BPMN, diagram types, etc.). 

The BABOK is a good place to start for either skills/competencies or for techniques that are most directly related to typical BA roles.  If you're more interested in going outside the BOK (forgive the pun, I couldn't resist) then I can suggest a few complementary areas to consider.  Since you mentioned that you are responsible for developing wireframes, you could build expertise in usability and user experience best practices.  There is growing demand for these skills.  Data modeling can also be a useful skill for BA's (goes way beyond the brief coverage in BABOK).  You could also explore some of the modeling techniques that are becoming popular such as decision modeling (several good articles on Modern Analyst). Faciliation, conflict management, and negotiation also come in very handy.  Building knowledge of testing practices and techniques is also helpful - even if you're not responsible for testing, you'll write better requirements when you understand what's involved in testing the functionality that gets built from them.

You mentioned UML - this is a standard notation language / technique that is usually adopted as a project or organization standard. It extends beyond requirements artifacts (such as activity diagrams and use cases) into the more 'technical' ones such as data models and software components.  So you could certainly learn about UML, but you might not have much chance to practice it if it's not a standard for projects in your company. 

My suggestion is look for skills or tools that best match your personal strengths and interests.  You'll get the most benefit if you build to your strengths, and you'll have more fun that way too.

Sandy

 
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