July 6, 2020

BA first job. Where to begin? Use this innovative methodology…

By Lau

One of the biggest problems that beginner business analysts have to face often materialises when they get their first job. Along with the fear of the unknown due to not having the knowledge of what exactly they are going to find in the new place, is the fear of not knowing what to do or where to start regarding the BA tasks.

This problem stems from the way companies carry out the onboarding process for new employees. Onboarding is not a training process, but rather an integration process where the project leader has to explain to the new team member how everything works and what the responsibilities are.

This process should exist in all companies and projects, but sometimes it is not so and the BA ends up having to deal with what they can “guess” in order to carry out their work. This lack of support can cause frustration and insecurity to any business analyst beginner.

Each project works differently, it will depend on the leader and the methodologies that the company decides to use. The business analyst tasks can also vary depending on these same factors, but luckily there are methodologies that can help them identify a starting point.

What are methodologies and how can they help a BA?

A methodology is a system of methods used in a particular area of study or activity. In other words, a methodology is a standardised way of executing a certain activity. The use of methodology can provide the BA with a guide to follow with a starting and an ending point.

What methodology can help the BA organise the business analyst task?

The most appropriate methodology to help the BA organize their tasks is the Work Breakdown Structure (WBS). A deliverable-oriented methodology that consists in identifying the final deliverable and main tasks of a project and then break them down into smaller tasks.

How can we use this methodology for business analysis?

First, the BA has to identify the main deliverable and tasks. The main BA’s objective is to create the solution design and their main tasks are: requirements gathering, analysis and documentation. The next step will be to break down the three previously mentioned tasks into subtasks.

Here you can download for FREE, the Methodology that will give you a guide to know what the business analysis tasks are and in which order to execute them.

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