Business Analysts often have to work in the twin worlds of business and technology. These are 2 vast fields with multiple areas that the BA is expected to keep a tab on. Focusing on one aspect will be to the detriment of another.How does the BA with a technical background attain an acceptable level of competency in the business domain? How does the BA with a business background attain some level of competency in the technical domain? How does the BA keep up with expected changes when moving from a structured systems analysis & design environment to one based on object-oriented analysis and design? How does the BA manage the transition from a Waterfall to an Agile/Iterative methodology?
Solution: BAs should continually strive from day one, to learn about the business, the industry and available technology. Certifications in specialist areas can also increase the BA’s knowledge and command of the domain area. It’s not an easy journey and there’s no one path to getting the knowledge and skills you need. The challenge is real but can be surmounted with time, training and experience.
For hiring companies, finding the right BA can also be challenging. An employee should not be thrust into the BA role without the right tools or training. BAs should be provided with the opportunity to nurture their skills and a clearly defined career path they can aspire towards.