June 6th, 2013 by blogadmin Leave a reply »


To be successful as a business analyst, you must have the skills, knowledge and experience that align to this role.
There are four Basic business analysis roles that common for all BA roles within an organization.

Entry Level BA

This person will be new to the BA role, and has an academic understanding of the tasks and techniques used in business analysis.
Most of the time the candidate bring to the role the experience and competencies necessary to be successful as a BA. At this level the person could have been in customer service, applying the communication and problem solving skills learned to his/her new role as a BA. If he/she comes from software testing, this detail oriented person will have experience reading requirements and creating test cases—which in essence are well-written testable requirements. A sales person coming into the role will have applied verbal and written skills to understand the customer’s need and propose a solution.
A graduate from a university or college program focused on business analysis will be ready to apply that knowledge in small projects while working with more Senior BAs, thus obtaining the much needed experience to move to the next level.

Junior Business Analyst

After a year or two of experience, defining business needs, gathering and analyzing information and validating the business solution, the entry level BA is ready to take on small initiatives with some supervision from more senior business analysts. Most of the work this person performs should be reviewed by a mentor or coach. This BA will be an asset on any large project acting as a scribe in requirements sessions, organizing and modeling requirements for analysis, and reviewing requirements to ensure they are clear and unambiguous. Once he/she demonstrates proficiency in identifying gaps in requirements this person will be ready to write requirements for complex initiatives under the supervision of a more senior team member.

Intermediate Business Analyst

This BA is ready to work independently on complex projects and is confident working on smaller projects without supervision. He/she has a good working knowledge of most, if not all, areas of business analysis. At this point, the BA can gain senior level experience working with Entry Level and Junior BA resources. Building his/her skills in creating business cases, defining metrics and key performance indicators, and managing business analysis performance are just a few activities and techniques that will prepare them for more senior roles within the organization.

Senior Business Analyst

This BA has years of deep practical experience in the role and applies their skills and various techniques to complex initiatives. He/she will work independently, as well as plan and lead large projects. At this time most of the BA’s will go for CBAP certification. No matter the job level, the BA collaborates with stakeholders to define the best solution, thus ensuring the contributions of all parties paint a complete picture. The BA is an advocate of the business ensuring the resulting solution will align with organizational strategy and the needs of the customer.


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