In the world of change initiation, the role of a Business Analyst (BA) is crucial for ensuring value and success. However, the specific responsibilities of a BA during the project initiation phase can vary greatly across organizations. In some companies, BAs are brought in very early in the process – they might even initiate it! – but in other companies, Business Analysts are brought in much later in the process.
Rarely do people take a moment to learn the origins of their professions – let alone pinpoint the exact events that were the inspiration for its creation. Luckily, we can do this with the Business Analyst role! Still a somewhat modern role, we can trace the BA role back to its very beginnings and can even identify the problem that inspired the role and allowed organizations to see the value that BAs bring when enacting change.
Let’s take a few minutes to recognize the genesis of the Business Analyst role and the circumstances that inspired it.
On the most successful teams in any field, the individuals who constitute high achieving teams will often share common skills, but with a key difference among them: focus. Where their focus lies is what helps them specialize and excel in their role, and drives success for their team.
Take sports teams, for example. In a hockey team, all must be exceptional skaters, have excellent puck handling skills, and be able to pass the puck accurately. But some specialize in goalkeeping, some in defense, others in offense. For the team to succeed, it needs its individual components to be laser focused on their role.
This is not unlike a project team.
Some people will observe Business Analysts from an outsider perspective and assume that we’re pretty much just glorified note-takers. But not everyone experiences all of the complex, intricate exercises and initiatives occurring in the background.
Being a Business Analyst is, at its core, about creating value for organizations. It’s about facing challenges, head on, with logic and learned techniques to help you figure out the root cause of problems at the business and create solutions that help the business and its employees thrive.
Why should you become a Business Analyst? While I could take direction from what parents tend to say to their kids, “because I said so…” doesn’t quite have the impact I am looking for. Instead, let me explain what drew me to the career and why it is even better now than when I first started those years ago.
Many aspiring Business Analysts think the interview begins when they get all dressed up and walk through the potential employer’s door… And they couldn’t be more wrong!
An interview should be viewed as a test. But instead of simply getting all of the answers correct, you need to do better on the test than everyone else that is taking it.
How would you like to have a leg up on your competition for that latest Business Analyst position?
After being in the workforce for many years and applying for various openings, you quickly learn most interviews have the same basic feel to them. This is because nearly 75% of all questions asked in interviews are relatively the same.