Three (3) steps to become a business analyst from scratch
December 1, 2019

Three (3) steps to become a business analyst from scratch

By Lau

You can, you should and if you’re brave enough to start, you will.

— Stephen King
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There is nothing more frustrating than not knowing where to start when it comes to learning something new. We all know what it feels like and that this feeling can lead us to the total abandonment of our purposes without even having started.

In my country, we have a saying: “If you don’t know where to start, start at the beginning”, which really means that it doesn’t matter where you start because the important is to start.

In this article, I am going to explain 3 steps you must take to start the journey to becoming a business analyst.

1. Choose the type of BA you want to become.

There are two types of business analyst, the technical and the non-technical. The non-technical business analyst is usually just referred to as ‘business analyst’, I’ve added the “non-technical” part to make it clearer for the reader.

In order to become a technical business analyst you will need to have basic technical knowledge on databases, SQL and also some on programming. In this case, it would be a great help to do a course which includes these subjects. But if what you wish to become is a non-technical business analyst it is not going to be expected of you to have much of a technical background. Of course, it is always recommended to keep increasing your knowledge as much as you can. Remember that knowledge doesn’t weigh anything.

2. Learn what the Business Analyst responsibilities are.

Both technical and non-technical business analysts share the majority of roles and responsibilities. You can learn more about the 5 key business analyst roles and responsibilities clicking here. This is going to give you a better idea of what a company will expect from you.

3. Learn what the most important Business Analyst skills are.

  • Communication skills, written and oral.
  • Analytical capacity.
  • Relationship management.

You can learn more about the 3 Key skills that every business analyst must have clicking here.

After you investigate and learn the roles, responsibilities and skills that every business analyst must have you should be able to go through all the business analyst tasks such as:

Gather requirements.

Which means to know what to ask in a meeting with the stakeholders.  And to write them down depending on which methodology the company uses.

Analyse the collected information.

With the gathered information you are going to be required to design the best solution to solve the customer’s problem.

Documenting.

You should be able to write down the solution you have designed in a document that explains it in a clear and concise way. See the post: Business requirements document examples.

Make diagrams.

You don’t always have to make diagrams but it’s usually required to know how to make UML diagrams. These are often used to clarify complex description in your documents.

Now you have a clearer idea of what you need to do to start your BA career. The next step is to download this FREE Digital Book: The Master Strategy for BA Beginners where you will learn how to get your first BA job by following 3 strategic steps.

See you soon. 😉