There are three core business analyst skills, but you have to make sure you choose the right skill depending on the type of business analyst you want to become.
That’s what I cover in this video.
LEARN.BA. In the last video, I introduce the concept of a business process analyst and a business systems analyst.
In this video, I’m gonna get a little bit more specific about some of the skills that you’re going to need depending on which one of those two types of business analysis roles you choose for your own career.
The one core skill that every business analyst needs to have regardless of whether they want to be a process analyst or a systems analyst is the ability to produce business requirements and functional specifications or software requirements specifications.
You cannot call yourself an analyst if…
- You do not know how to produce business requirements and specifications because that is the defining characteristic of an analyst.
- It is the ability to produce the BRD and SRS’s or functional specifications
Business Process Analysis Skillset
Process design is a core skill set. What I mean by process design is not just the ability to do process mapping which is a subset of business process design.
Process mapping is the ability to document business processes. Process design is the ability to help the company build out new business processes. That distinction is very important because sometimes on job applications you’ll see process mapping as a skill set that they look for.
Some companies just need process mapping skills. But other companies in their job postings will say process mapping skills when they actually mean process design skills and design skills are a lot more involved than just mapping.
The point that I want to get through for processed design is that the way you learn how to do process design has to be requirements oriented.
That your business requirements have to be infused in the process design activities that you do.
If you look out on to the Internet to try to find out what kind of process design skills you need to learn you’re going to come across a whole slew of different techniques of doing process design and doing process mapping.
What you need to make sure is that whatever methodology you choose to learn is not disconnected from business requirements. But the point that you want to understand for the type of process design that you want to learn is to make sure that your process design skills and your process mapping skills both incorporate business requirements into the process design.
The other skill set that you want to learn as a process analyst is the ability to…
Influence without having any authority
As an analyst. You do not have any kind of authority to tell anybody what to do. But as part of your job you have to make sure that the business process works a certain way for the whole solution to hold together. As somebody who doesn’t have any kind of authority. How do you actually go about doing that?
The key to that is knowing how to influence people without having any authority. So that’s the second broad skill set that you want to focus on as a business process analyst. For a Business systems analyst. Skill number one is SQL.