Join Haydn Thomas for an in-depth discussion in this video How do you get started as a business analyst?, part of Insights from a Business Analyst.
So, how do you get started as a business analysis? I get asked that questions a lot of times, and for me, I became an accidental business analysis. The reason being is that I didn't live with and didn't want to accept the inefficiencies that live in processes and procedures. For me, I just find that it's always better ways to do things. So, where to start out is to actually do your job but constantly look for the new opportunities, the ways of doing things better, and not just raising them as a problem saying, "Hey this isn't working" but actually analyzing that information and coming up with some suggestions and options.
So, that people can actually say, "Well, that's a great idea." That's how I basically turned into a successful business analysis. I was working with one organization, where it was taking 28 days to actually take a application through to actually delivering the product. That was, from my perspective, just too long. I was able to bring that back down to three days. In doing such, the organization itself had some phenomenal opportunities in growth, because we were so different to our competitors, that we actually had a point of difference.
So, the key element here is to ... a lot of the times, you don't necessarily study and become a business analyst. You're not going to the university to become a business analyst. You go and learn the skills and capabilities, but more importantly, when the opportunities are there, go and find them. Find the opportunities of the inefficiencies, the process gains, and those things that are real problems in organizations, because I can guarantee you, managers love those types of discussions. Why? If they can actually find cost savings or ways of reducing time on things, they actually see that that's a really valuable part of what the organization's looking for.
As a business analysis, that's ultimately what you're trying to do . Find great value that you can give back to the organization. It's amazing then that all of a sudden this title of business analysis appeared on a business card for me. It's because I was actually so frustrated with the way things were done that I wanted to find ways of doing things better. That is the essence and core of a business analysis, and that's how you can actually then turn that into a profession.