A business analyst is someone who analyses an organization or business domain and documents its business or processes or systems, assessing the business model or its integration with technology. Business Analyst helps in guiding businesses in improving processes, products, services and software through data analysis.
Being a successful Business Analyst means you have to have a variety of different skills and be adaptable to a changing environment. Every Business Analyst will bring their unique blend of skills and experience to the role, of course, but I’ve highlighted below what I think are the most common skills that a good BA will need. Feel free to add in the comments any other skills that you have found helpful in your BA career.
The role of Business Analyst is an important part of any project team. Acting as the key interface between the users and the project manager they gather information, document processes, and confirm the final documents with users.
Requirements are at the core of developing IT solutions. Defining, analyzing and documenting requirements evolve from a business analyst’s creative process, and are intended to show what a system can do.
Here are the business analyst’s 10 key roles in defining and managing requirements:
- Extract requirements
- Anticipate requirements
- Constrain requirements
- Organize requirements
- Translate requirements
- Safeguard requirements
- Simplify requirements
- Verify requirements
- Managing requirements
- System and operations maintenance
- Understand Your Objectives.
- Good Verbal Communication Skills.
- The Ability to Run Stakeholder Meetings.
- Be A Good Listener.
- Hone Your Presentation Skills.
- Be Excellent at Time Management.
- Documentation and Writing Skills.
- Stakeholder Management.
- Develop Your Modelling Skills.
- A bachelor’s degree in business or related field or an MBA.
- A minimum of 5 years’ experience in business analysis or a related field.
- Exceptional analytical and conceptual thinking skills.
- The ability to influence stakeholders and work closely with them to determine acceptable solutions.
- Advanced technical skills.
- Excellent documentation skills.
- Fundamental analytical and conceptual thinking skills.
- Experience creating detailed reports and giving presentations.
- Competency in Microsoft applications including Word, Excel, and Outlook.
- A track record of following through on commitments.
- Excellent planning, organizational, and time management skills.
- Experience leading and developing top performing teams.
- A history of leading and supporting successful projects.