Join Haydn Thomas for an in-depth discussion in this video Next steps, part of Business Analysis Foundations.
- Business analysts have become an extremely valuable resource within most organizations. Whether a generalist or a specialist, a business analyst is capable of functioning in many diverse areas due to applying the principles, skills, tools, and techniques mentioned throughout this course. I want to share with you some great resources that can help you grow even further as a business analyst. The not-for-profit organization that supports the role of the business analysis community is the International Institute of Business Analysis.
They produce a business analysis reference called A Guide to the Business Analysis Body of Knowledge, commonly known as BABOK. This is a great guide that includes further tools, techniques, and approaches to support your business analysis activities. In the business analyst role, and we interact with other project professionals, such as project managers, change managers, and sponsors. Understanding their role and how you interface into those roles will assist you in becoming a more rounded and professional business analyst.
There are several other great courses on lynda.com that can help. I encourage you to take a look at several courses from Bob McGannon: Insights from a Project Manager, Becoming a Triple-Threat Manager, Rescuing Troubled Projects, and Agile Project Management. I also encourage you to take a look at several courses from Bonnie Biafore: Managing Small Projects and Project Management Fundamentals. And one last reminder. There are a number of organizations around the world that provide professional certifications for business analysts.
Virtually all of them require information on the real-world business analysis experience you have compiled. So don't forget to record the approximate number of hours you have spent within projects, and be sure to include the project's objective, phases of the project, and the knowledge areas used along with a supervisor's name that'll contest to the work you performed. You may find the information handy at some point if you want to consider business analysis certification. I hope this course has given you an appreciation for the importance of business analysis activities and how it intertwined through the project life cycle.
With a bit of diligence throughout your project, you can not only plan and manage your analysis activities, you can apply foresight that can alert you to potential project issues and enable organizations to make more informed decisions. I wish you well. And as a good analyst should, come back and review the course or even a particular video as you progress through the project life cycle. As there are so many principles, tips, and techniques, you'll always find something you can apply back in your role ensuring you deliver the value that your sponsor and key stakeholders need.
Discover where business analysis lives in the project life cycle, how to initiate a project, the best way to gather requirements, and smart strategies to monitor results and test outcomes.
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- Understanding what business analysts do
- Defining business opportunities and objectives
- Identifying stakeholders
- Gathering requirements through observation and brainstorming
- Validating requirements
- Developing project acceptance criteria
- Implementing, testing, and closing your project<br><br>
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