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Being New 101

Being a relatively new Requirements Analyst/ Business Analyst (BA) and being new to the industry, I have been blessed with the opportunity to have mentors. Receiving direction from more experienced BA’s has definitely helped me find areas that I can improve on, while at the same time, finding my strengths and improving those too.

Yet there still are challenges that I face while trying to learn as much as possible. For instance, Senior Business Analysts, who are my mentors, will most likely be at client engagements for the majority of their time and it can sometimes be very difficult to find time to teach. Through my experience so far, I have learned a couple of tips that can help those aspiring and budding BA’s out there:

1. Always be on time
This cannot be reiterated enough. I will admit that I have had a slip up myself, but it is crucially important that a junior Business Analyst always be on time.

2. Ask informed questions
Never be afraid of sounding stupid. My mentors would rather me ask a “stupid question” that helps me understand the business problem than floundering about and end up making a mistake farther down the line.

3. Do not assume
Assumptions are bad. Always ask yourself what assumptions you are making when you are creating deliverables for the client. You may come up with some good questions or issues that your Senior Business Analyst didn’t catch before!

4. Use Spell Check
Spell check is your best friend when creating deliverables for clients. Not only does misspelled words make you look less credible, but it can make your organization look less professional too.

5. Take Ownership
Take ownership of the tasks that you are given. Don’t just wait to be fed information and small little projects. Instead, think of yourself being the sole proprietor of the task and think to yourself, “What can I do to make this successful?”.

6. Understanding Communication
Understanding what you are being asked to do is crucial. If you have a small amount of doubt in your mind, that is your cue to ask your Senior Business Analyst for clarification. The last thing you want to do is make the wrong assumptions and create something that the Senior Business Analyst didn’t ask for.

I hope that these little tips will help some of you aspiring and budding Business Analysts out there. I will be sure to add some more simple smart tips in my later blog posts!

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