Becoming a Business Analyst

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Becoming a Business Analyst

Authors: Casey Ayers, Heather Mylan-Mains, Michael Krasowski

Successful business analysts are effective at identifying challenges and opportunities for growth, and defining plans of action that can help organizations move toward a desired... Read more

What you will learn:

  • Business Analyst role and responsibilities
  • Importance of working well with others
  • Communicating and collaborating with IT Teams
  • Technical Business Analyst role and responsibilities
  • Career growth opportunities

Pre-requisites

No prerequisite knowledge needed.

Beginner

In this beginner section, we explain the roles and responsibilities of business analysts, and how they are uniquely positioned to identify opportunities and generate value for organizations.

So You Want to Be a Business Analyst

by Casey Ayers

Oct 5, 2018 / 1h 50m

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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.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview
  2. Life as a Business Analyst
  3. The Skills of a Business Analyst
  4. Working as a Business Analyst

Intermediate

In this intermediate section, we explain why it’s important for a Business Analyst to understand and work well with others. We will cover how to manage conflict, learn from stakeholder perspectives, and generate consensus for change, in addition to creating and leveraging a network within your organization.

Putting People First as a Business Analyst

by Heather Mylan-Mains

Jun 28, 2019 / 1h 38m

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At the core of business analysis is a thorough knowledge of understanding people. In this course, Putting People First as a Business Analyst, you will gain an understanding of how to manage working well with people. First, you’ll discover how to understand people. Next, you’ll explore how to manage conflict and influence others. Then, you will focus on how to advocate for your stakeholders. Finally, you will learn how to create and leverage a network. When you are finished with this course, you will have a foundational knowledge of skills to work effectively with people to be successful in business analysis. This will help you as you move forward in your business analysis career.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview
  2. Working Well with People as a Business Analyst
  3. Understanding People
  4. Managing Conflicts
  5. Influencing Others to See the Future
  6. Creating a Sense of Control
  7. Advocating for the Business Need
  8. Knowing When to Get Others Involved
  9. Putting It All Together

Living in an IT Team as a Business Analyst

by Heather Mylan-Mains

Dec 7, 2019 / 2h 19m

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At the core of working in an IT team is a thorough knowledge of how business analysis works in an IT organization. In this course, Living in an IT Team as a Business Analyst, you will learn how to apply business analysis capabilities in any software development methodology to support design and implementation of solutions. First, you will understand how organizations can structure the business analysis role. Next, you will explore the system development methodologies and the system development lifecycle. Finally, you will discover how to apply business analysis techniques to design and implementation and how to better collaborate with your team. When you are finished with this course, you will have a foundational knowledge of applying nosiness analysis techniques in an IT team that will help you as you move forward to work as a business analyst in an IT team.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview
  2. Learning Where the BAs Live in Organizations
  3. Exploring Methodologies That Make Software Development Work
  4. Finding the Value of Business Analysis in Agile
  5. Discovering the System Development Lifecycle Process
  6. Designing Solutions Together as Developers and Business Analysts
  7. Collaborating with Teammates
  8. Bringing It All Together

Advanced

In this advanced section, we cover the unique aspects of serving as a business analyst defining technical solutions and related responsibilities including working in an Agile organization. We also cover future career possibilities for a Business Analyst and suggest next steps for career growth.

The Technical Business Analyst

by Michael Krasowski

Sep 11, 2019 / 2h 27m

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Today's business and technology worlds rely heavily on the expertise of the Technical Business Analyst. In this course, ‘The Technical Business Analyst,’ you will gain the skills, approaches, and techniques to advance your essential technical business analysis capabilities. First, you will learn the definition of the technical business analyst and compare the role with other business analyst roles to ensure you know what makes the Technical BA unique and distinctive; and what skills, technical and soft skills are expected of you in performing this role. Also, you will learn how to leverage the technical BA in how to work with IT and the business to help bridge organizational gaps and improve business efficiency. Next, you will explore tools of the trade, or what I am calling the magnificent 7 skills areas, you should seek to master. These key skill areas will not only improve the way you work but will improve the way you think. Finally, you will discover how the Technical BA role is squarely and boldly positioned to support and participate in the agile and scrum world. When you’re finished with this course, you’ll have a foundational knowledge of how to improve, execute, and deliver on the expectations of a technical business analyst and that will help you as you move forward to expanding your career opportunities.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview
  2. Introduction
  3. What Is a Technical Business Analyst?
  4. Bridging the Gap between Business and IT
  5. The Tools of the Trade
  6. The Technical Business Analyst in the Agile World
  7. Summarizing Key Learning Objectives

Life Beyond Business Analysis

by Casey Ayers

Dec 18, 2018 / 1h 52m

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Business analysts develop a more valuable and versatile skill set than almost any other profession in many organizations: analysts act as researchers, detectives, counselors, facilitators, analyzers, persuaders, and much more when conducting their work effectively. Even so, many business analysts aren’t sure what paths might be open to them as they look to move beyond diagnosing problems and recommending solutions into solving challenges themselves. In this course, Life Beyond Business Analysis, you’ll learn about options for utilizing the skills you’ve gained as a business analyst to move forward in your career. You’ll first learn what makes business analysts so valuable to organizations. Then, you’ll discover how business analysis skills can be effectively applied to a variety of roles. Finally, you’ll explore some of the pathways that are open to you as your skills evolve. When you’re finished with this course, you’ll have a foundational knowledge of the options open to you, so you can feel confident in your future as a business analyst and beyond.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview
  2. The Versatility of Business Analysis Skills
  3. Mastering Business Analysis
  4. Moving Out: From BA to Consultant
  5. Shifting Your Skills to Project Management
  6. The Pathway to Product Management
  7. Becoming an Enterprise Architect