Role of business analyst is he gathers requirements from the business or from the customer and he translates that into deliverables or actionable items in different projects. So of course part of your responsibilities as a Business Analyst include identifying those key stakeholders. You know what drives them, what motivates them, what they’re trying to achieve, what are their goals and that’s part of what makes it so exciting because you’re constantly talking to them and developing strong relationships which allow you to understand that only the business and their processes. But also how to translate into the project and the project goals and objectives. Business Analysts are generally part of a project team who are in charge of delivering something for the business. You know it could be a business improvement, it could be an upgrade, it could be a new system, you know it could be implementing a new procurement process, it could be bringing in a new system or a new tool to the business. It could be a whole wide range of things, pretty much any type of product you can think of can benefit from having a Business Analyst as part of the project. And that’s why don’t be surprised to see a lot of business.
You know like job opportunities for Business Analysts out there because there literally are tons and tons of job opportunities. And you know just people realize the importance of having a Business Analyst in projects. And that’s why it’s, you know, it’s a role that you frequently see in most projects. I’m not going to say like all projects have a Business Analyst because a lot of times you know there’s not enough funding or some businesses you know they still haven’t recruited a Business Analyst yet or whatever. But I can tell you for sure and from experience that having a Business Analyst in a project makes a huge difference and it’s really great when you as a Business Analyst have the opportunity to work on projects in delivering value to the customer and to your stakeholders. So I said before you know part of your responsibilities involve, as a Business Analyst, involve identifying those business you know those business requirements. So gathering you know going out in the field and gathering those requirements and we’ll talk later in the course about how you can gather those business requirements because there are different tools and techniques that you can use to gather those requirements and there are different approaches and different methodologies which will allow you to gather that information from your stakeholders or your customers or end users.
Main responsibility of a Business Analyst evolves around gathering requirements around you know identifying stakeholders and building those relationships with those stakeholders of course supporting the project team in their delivery but also part of it is identifying solutions to business problems so a big part of the role of a Business Analyst is so somebody has a problem and you’re there to help them identify roads or potential solutions to that problem. So that’s also one thing that is really exciting about being a Business Analyst is that you get the opportunity to use the full power of your creativity. You know the full power of innovation to bring creative and innovative solutions to the business and to the stakeholders. So on a day-to-day basis you’re going to see a Business Analyst you know touching base with his customers and stakeholders to make sure that you know we’re following through the plan from you know conception planning through to execution and that we are meeting those KPIs or those targets that we set off at the beginning of the project
That’s basically the main role of a Business Analyst is talking to someone and then translating that into like I said before diagrams, flows, information, requirements, risks, business objectives, goals and soon. That’s what it’s all about and that’s why it’s so exciting because you get to see the process end to end, you get to interact directly with the end customers or stakeholders or end users and you get to work alongside project managers, developers, designers, solution architects, amongst other people that are part of the team you know people in procurement, sales, operations and in operational roles, support roles. And you’re working with them to make sure that you deliver those objectives that the customers and end users or stakeholders or key stakeholders brought up to your attention as the Business Analyst. So later in the course, I’ll also talk about what makes a Business Analyst a great Business Analyst. What are the factors that differentiate you know an average Business Analyst from a great and awesome Business Analyst and there are a couple of traits and there are a couple of characteristics that make a Business Analyst stand out from the crowd and I will talk about that later in the course. And like I said before I’m sure you will find everything here useful. I will share a lot of tools that I use when I am a Business Analyst in a project and that you can also use and the techniques and methodologies that will help you in the role. All right guys. Cheers, see you in the next one.
Following are the skills required to become business analyst-
- As mentioned earlier, a graduation degree is mandatory.
- Knowledge and experience in writing SQL queries.
- Expert knowledge of programming languages.
- They need to have good communication and negotiation skills.
- Good at creating interactive reports using various business intelligence tools.
- Having a certification offered by the International Institute of Business Analysis(IIBA) such as Certified Business Analysis Professional (CBAP) would be highly beneficial.