How do you become a business analyst and where do you begin? As a BA myself, I get asked this question often by my work colleagues. This article is my humble attempt to contribute towards answering this question.....
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March
2018

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Doctor BA and the Tools of the Trade

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Steve Blais, PMP

Well it just so happens that I have a question about tools: What tools do you suggest a business analyst use in pursuit of his or her vocation? What tools can be used as best practices for business analysts?

Let me make a bulleted list for you. It will be easier to understand.  Best tools for business analysts work are...

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Degree of Agility: How Much to Agile?

Adam Alami, PhD Fellow, IT University of Copenhagen

One of the key aspects to be considered before implementation of Agile methodologies is the degree of agility suitable for the organization. Due consideration should be given to the ‘current state’ before we create a proposal for the ‘future state’ of agility desired. Neglecting this aspect may invalidate the very purpose behind the endeavor.  Degree of agility refers to the relative ability of an organization to adapt to the lightweight methodologies in conjunction with an assessment of current state process maturity...

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Business Analysis as a career choice: Tips to make you succeed

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Edward Ngubane, Head of Business Analysis, DVT

How do you become a business analyst and where do you begin?  So you want to cross over to the land of analysis? A land of ‘schizophrenic’ people who need to possess multiple skills and make meaning out of ambiguity. You'll need to break down complex problems into bite-size chunks that can be easily understood. You'll also need to manage different stakeholders and break down knowledge barriers formed by these stakeholders. (Most having been in their organisations for decades) Finally, you'll need to develop a thick skin to stand in the firing line...

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Lessons learnt from a land far, far away…

Danie Van Den Berg, CBAP

In his classic book Flawless Consulting, Peter Block described three types of roles that consultants might take on: expert, pair-of-hands, and collaborator. Each of these represents a different kind of interaction when working with clients and a different source of satisfaction for the consultant. Business analysts can engage with clients in the same three modes. This article describes some of my experiences with these three modes of consulting engagements...

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Help build the next generation of systems behind Facebook's products. Facebook, Inc. currently has multiple openings in Menlo Park, CA (various levels/types):  Business Analyst (11394J) Track, predict, and improve key monetization drivers of the Facebook consumer hardware business, with an emphasis on building a successful long-term business. Technical Analytics Associate (133101J) Develop compelling analyses to execute data-informed initiatives that help improve support channels. Mail resume to: Facebook, Inc. Attn:  AA-USIM, 1 Hacker Way, Menlo Park, CA 94025. Must reference job title & job code shown above, when applying.   


Help build the next generation of systems behind Facebook's products. Facebook, Inc. currently has multiple openings in Austin, TX (various levels/types):  Payments Analyst (133482J) Understand and improve Facebook’s payments systems by driving strategical, data driven projects, working with product, engineering, and support teams.  Mail resume to: Facebook, Inc. Attn:  AA-USIM, 1 Hacker Way, Menlo Park, CA 94025. Must reference job title & job code shown above, when applying.   


Apple Inc. has multiple openings for the following in Cupertino, CA:

* Business Systems Analyst (Req#AG7UTJ) Implmnt sys processes for approval, tracking, & enter contracts includ’ing wrkflows, data elemnts, & interview wizards.

Refer to Req# & mail resume to Apple Inc., ATTN: D.W., 1 Infinite Loop 104-1GM, Cupertino, CA 95014. Apple is an EOE/AA m/f/disability/vets.


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