Course info
Oct 5, 2018
1h 50m

If you would like to be a business analyst or learn more about what business analysts do, you’ve come to the right place. In this course, So You Want to Be a Business Analyst, you will gain a foundational understanding of the value business analysts bring to organizations and the skills and traits that help them succeed. First, you will learn more about the lifecycle of business analysis, from assessing needs and working with stakeholders to developing requirements and coordinating with project managers. Next, you will explore the tools that successful business analysts use to conduct their work. Finally, you will discover how business analysts choose different methods for eliciting the information they need from stakeholders and data sources so that information can be analyzed and converted into a set of measurable, actionable objectives. When you are finished with this course, you will have a solid understanding of the work business analysts do and how this dynamic role could be a valuable next step in your career.

About the author
About the author

Casey has experience leading projects, analyzing challenges, and designing solutions in many fields, including healthcare, digital media, mobile app development and education. He's always in pursuit of new knowledge and loves to share what he learns along the way with others. To inquire about speaking engagements or consulting opportunities, and to learn more about his other ventures, visit

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Section Introduction Transcripts
Section Introduction Transcripts

Course Overview
Hi everyone, my name is Casey Ayers, and welcome to my course, So You want to Be a Business Analyst. Business analysts make their impact by helping organizations identify opportunities to improve and by recommending courses of action to move the business forward. Doing so requires a unique mix of skills. Business analysts act as researchers, detectives, counselors, facilitators, analyzers, persuaders, and much more when conducting their work effectively. In this course, you'll learn more about each aspect of work that business analysts face and pick up some of the skills to help you get started in this exciting profession. Some of the major topics we'll cover include understanding the lifecycle of successful business analysis activities, the relationship between business analysis and project management, how to identify stakeholders and ways they may impact or be impacted by actions under consideration, how to effectively elicit information from stakeholders, and how to make a business case for action. By the end of this course, you'll understand the fundamentals of business analysis and be prepared to better tackle this role in your organization, as well as to continue learning more about the work business analysts do. Interest in business analysis is the only prerequisite. So I hope you'll join me on this journey to learn more with this course, So You Want to Be a Business Analyst, here at Pluralsight.