Archive for October, 2009

Tools Used By Business Analysts

Saturday, October 17th, 2009

Here I have compiled a list of Tools used by Business Analysts. I beleive it should be helpful for BAs looking for most famous tools being used at different organizations.

  • Process mapping — Visio, Excel, UML
  • Process modelling — Websphere Business Modellet (WBM), Oracle Bea
  • Aqualogic, UML Activity diagram, Visio, Tibco
  • Requirements Mgmt — Doors, Rational Reqpro, Doors, Rational Requirements
  • Composer (RRC), Borland CaliberRM, Blueprint, Raveflow
  • Requirements Simulation — Irise , Blueprint, Ravenflow
  • UML Modeling — Rational Rose, Rational Software Architect(RSA), Visio, MS Visual Studio
  • Data Modelling — Erwin , ERStudio, Visio, MS Visual Studio, Enterprise Architect, Casewise Tau, System Architect
  • Collaboration tools — Lotus Notes, Sharepoint

Transition into a Business Analyst Role

Saturday, October 10th, 2009

Many people have asked me through emails to advise them on how to make a transition into a Business Analyst role.

The folloiwing is a recent email i received:

Kalyan Kumar wrote:

Appreicate your help in helping me in Transition, I’m in to people management role and Client relation for a body Shoping company helping in placements. I’m an MCA graduate and keen about getting in to Business analyst role. I’ll be happy if you can help me as It’s becoming a big questin for me where to start and how to start.

I would suggest that read about Stakeholders Management and it’s techniques as you are moving into client facing role – which is always a tricky bit for a Busienss Analyst. I have wrote couple of blogs on Stakeholders Management. 

Also is a good source of information and do study some books as well. I would recommend ISEB Business Analyst book by Debra Paul and then further study could be IIBA’s BABOK but that’s for senior stage.

You should understand about interview/workshop techniques for analysis.

Always have a good understanding of client’s business beforehand so you could feel comfortbale why seeing them first time. Client always appreciates an Analyst having a good grip on their business domain and showing it to client during meetings.

Good luck with your transition.

Above blog is mainly about Client facing role but somehow it covers any kind of Business Analyst role. Business Analyst role has multiple facets and i would try to cover them off in my future blogs.

Looking for a few good Green Business Analysts

Tuesday, October 6th, 2009