Are you seeking for a business analyst role and wondering if you have the required skills and experience to become a business analyst?

Business Analyst

What follows is the checklist of the most demanding business analysis skills for new business analysts to bring to the table – arranged into the categories of core skills, business analysis skills, soft skills, and skills that can be asked for specific types of BA jobs.

Core Skills

Considering business analysis as a good career choice, you’ll be able to tick off these skills;

  • Communication Skills: Business analysts must have the ability of a strong communicator in a virtual setting (via conference calls or web meetings) which is equally important.
  • Problem-Solving Skills: BAs provides a shared understanding of the problem with its possible solutions, and later determine the scope of the project.
  • Critical Thinking Skills: Critical thinking is mandatory while discovering the solution to a problem and considering the project need until the real need is surfaced and understood.

Business Analysis Skills

The below-mentioned skills are specific to the business analyst role, but even as a new business analyst or someone looking to enter the profession, you’ll understand it’s possible you may already have related transferable experience (and therefore skills) doing similar work under a different title.

  • Documentation and Specification Skills: The ability to create clear and concise documentation (that comes with time and a variety of project experiences).
  • Analysis Skills: Every BA needs to evaluate a project at 3 different level i.e. Business-Level, Software-Level, and Information-Level.
  • Visual Modelling: Bas is responsible to produce the visual model of the project that supports their analysis with work-flow diagrams or wireframe prototypes.
  • Facilitation and Elicitation Skills: In order to gather information for project analysis, BAs facilitate specific kinds of meetings the most common are interviews and observations…
  • Business Analysis Tools: The ability to use basic office tools such as Word, Excel, Visio (Not mandatory) and PowerPoint should be sufficient to get you into the profession.

Key Soft Skills for Business Analysts

Similar to the core skills, you may find that you already have many of these skills in your repertoire.

  • Relationship-Building Skills: The ability to build trust or step into a leadership role on a project team to bridge gaps.
  • Self-Managing: Since Bas are not Project Manager, they manage themselves to commitments and deadlines.
  • A Thick Skin: BAs should be able to separate feedback on their documents and ideas from feedback on them personally.
  • A Paradoxical Relationship with Ambiguity: BA must be able to embrace the ambiguity and work effectively through ambiguity.