Based on the industry experiences we can say that a Business analyst must possess some key skills. These skills include:
Good Communication- A BA must have effective communication skills, problem solving skills and must think critically. They must be able to create requirement specification, visual models and sessions for the clients and the organization.
Resourceful- A good Business Analyst is resourceful. Business Analysts involve right people at right time and try to implement an effective path for the organization. They work through problem to find solutions.
Outstanding leaders work hard and work with others to move the organization to greatness. Great leaders make great decisions. The ability to make great decisions about complex, important problems is encouraged and rewarded in successful organizations. This combination of humility and professional will is often found in senior business analysts. BAs are often humble about their skills while working very hard to recommend approaches to handling complex challenges. Consider why humility is an important characteristic of a great leader and decision maker.
Successful in a challenging career, frequently swimming upstream in organizations, trying to convince people to slow down and analyze rather than rush into decisions. Only individuals with a strong professional will arrive in these senior positions. One of the reasons BAs are so skilled at analysis and decision making is they recognize the value of structured analysis techniques. Senior business analysts have hundreds of these critical analytical tools at their disposal, allowing them to examine a problem or situation from different perspectives (i.e. data modeling, process mapping, business rule analysis).
With tremendous advancements in technology, the IT sector is facing an acute shortage of professionally skilled Business Analysts. The current market research shows gap between technical and soft skills of the candidate. According to a research conducted by the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) and KPMG, the industry has shown dearth in permanent and contract employees over the past few years. Continue reading How is the current job market for business analysts ?→