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Your Business Analysis Career Roadmap

These stages represent the success path or journey we’ll be going through to create your dream business analysis career.

Note that your path will be different from others and you will all be at varying stages even if you started at the same time.

The key thing is for you to see see how you’ve made progress from when you started till you get to any of the stages and celebrate those wins.

We’ll also be working with you to close the gaps to get you all the way to the end.

  • Stage One: Clarity – Framing Your Understanding Of Business Analysis 10% 10%

Characteristics

Thinking: You want to become a Business Analyst but I don’t know where to start.

Feeling: You don’t feel confident and I feel overwhelmed by the vast amount of conflicting information out there.

Doing: Information Overload You just want to skip to the more advanced BA stuff.

The more information about Business Analysis you feel you, can consume, the faster you think you’ll be able to create your DREAM BA Career..

Milestones

  1. You’ve understood the BA core concepts – what business analysis truly means.
  2. You can connect the dots and relate what you know right now to business analysis.
  3. Your confidence levels are higher. And you’re excited about your new-found understanding.
  4. You can also describe aspects of your current or previous role that can be been improved if you were assigned the task of solving those problems.

Action Items

  1. Complete the BA core concepts lesson.
  2. Complete the questions in the implementation guide.
  3. Celebrate your milestones/progress and share them with the group in our private forum.
  4. Move on to the next lesson.

 

  • Stage Two: Craft Your BA Career Marketing Tools (Resume, Cover Letter & LinkedIn profile) 20% 20%

Characteristics

Thinking: You don’t have the required skills to become a Business Analyst.

You need to do some more research or learn some programming languages first before getting started.

You already have a good BA Resume/CV you think all you need is just strategies to ACE your BA interviews.

Feeling: You don’t feel you have enough skills, and you might struggle because your previous experience doesn’t relate to working on projects.

Impostor syndrome: You feel don’t deserve a BA job and that you don’t know enough to market yourself as someone who can work on a project.

Doing: Analysis paralysis: You’re stuck in a state of fear and inaction.

 

Milestones

  1. Your skills inventory created, with a list all your soft vs. hard skills.
  2. You’ve identified at least 2 skills from your soft and hard skills that are relevant to solving a problem for your current or dream organization.
  3. You’ve created a powerful Market-ready BA Resume/CV, LinkedIn Profile, and Cover Letter.
  4. You can talk about your problem-solving experience confidently, even if you’ve never formally worked on a project before.
  5. You can give compelling responses to recruiters when asked to talk about your background in relation to business analysis. 
  6. If you already have a good BA resume and LinkedIn profile, you’re getting great quality calls from recruiters and invitations for interviews at-least several times a week.

Action Items

  1. Complete the BA Skills Demystified and BA resume lessons.
  2. Complete the exercises in the implementation guide and follow the BA Resume/CV, LinkedIn and Cover Letter creation training and guides to create your marketing tools.
  3. Ask for feedback if you feel stuck and you’re still not sure what skills to  leverage or what areas in your previous work experience can be crafted as projects on your resume.
  4. Celebrate your milestones/progress and share them with the group in our private forum.
  5. Move on to the next lesson.

 

  • Stage Three: Master Your BA Job Search Strategy & ACE Your BA Interviews 30% 30%

Characteristics

Thinking: You’re not finding the right BA opportunities

You don’t like your current organization so an internal BA opportunity won’t be the right fit for you.

You’ve applied for several BA jobs and you’re still not getting any calls.

You’ve spoken to several recruiters and none of them have called you back.

You’ve reached out to so many people on LinkedIn and they seem to be ignoring your requests.

What if you don’t know what to say when you get a call from a recruiter?

You feel like an impostor, what if your colleagues see your new profile? What would they think?

What if others within your organization don’t think you have any relevant skills to transition to a BA role.

What will your colleagues or manager think if you tell them you want to work on projects as a BA

Feeling: You don’t feel confident attending a BA interview right now, what would you say?

You feel intimidated reaching out to HR, recruiters, and others within your network.

Doing: You’re searching for the perfect BA role that you’ll be able to check all the boxes for.

You’re not applying for BA roles when you only meet 50% or less of the skills they are asking for.

You’re not searching for BA roles until you feel ready.

You’re not applying for any BA roles since they all seem to have one BA or technical jargon or the other.

You’re applying for so many jobs right now and you’re super excited.

 

 

 

Milestones

  1. If you’re looking within your current organization, you’re reaching out to HR colleagues or other team leads internally to apply for BA opportunities or BA stretch assignments or job shadowing opportunities.
  2. You’re finding more relatable BA opportunities to apply for on LinkedIn, and other job boards.
  3. You’re sending out multiple BA job applications per week.
  4. You’re growing your network and engaging in conversations with recruiters, hiring managers, or lead BA’s at your dream organization.
  5. You’re reaching out to your cold and/or warm connections and asking for informational interviews and job referrals.
  6. You’re getting invitations for phone/virtual or face-to-face interviews
  7. You’re practicing your interview script and you can confidently answer some behavioral BA interview questions.

Action Items

  1. Complete the 80/20 Job search strategy, leveraging your existing domain, and How to ACE YOUR BA interview lessons.
  2. Complete the exercises in the implementation guide and follow the BA Resume/CV, LinkedIn, and Cover Letter creation training and guides to create your marketing tools.
  3. Ask for feedback if you feel stuck and you’re still not sure what skills to leverage or what areas in your previous work experience can be crafted as projects on your resume.
  4. Celebrate your milestones/progress and share them with the group in our private forum.
  5. Move on to the next lesson.

 

  • Stage Four: Learn The BA & Project Fundamentals 40% 40%

Characteristics

Thinking: You’re new to projects and this might go over your head.

How would you apply what you’re learning in the real world?

You don’t have enough BA jargon in your vocabulary, what will you say?

Feeling: You don’t feel confident handling projects right now. What if you fail?

Doing: You’re not feeling connected to the terminologies, you’re glossing over the details so you would rather come back to them later.

 

Milestones

  1. You understand the fundamentals of projects and the reasons why organizations initiate them.
  2. You understand your role as a Business Analyst in a project environment.
  3. You’re building your BA and project vocabulary and getting comfortable with the lingo.
  4. You feel confident knowing that your lack of technical skills is not a disadvantage and you’re focussed on working on process-related projects that don’t necessarily need core IT skills.
  5. You love technology and you’re finding more technical projects where you can leverage your IT skills to work as an IT BA.

Action Items

  1. Complete BA and project fundamentals lessons.
  2. Complete the exercises in the implementation guide.
  3. Ask for feedback if you feel stuck and you’re still not following the concept of projects.
  4. Celebrate your milestones/progress and share them with the group in our private forum.
  5. Move on to the next lesson.

 

  • Stage Five: Handle Your First Project 50% 50%

Characteristics

Thinking: You don’t think you’re ready, you’re not sure you can work on a sample project right now.

You feel stuck and you don’t know where to start. How will you know if you’re on the right track when working on a project on the job.

You’ve worked on a project before so there’s nothing new for you to learn in this lesson.

This is so exciting, you feel equipped to do this at work.

You’re seeing more opportunities to improve your current organization’s business processes.

Feeling: You feel stuck you don’t know where to start. How will you know you’re on the right track when you’re working on a project on the job.

You’re so pumped that you can work on something that will create a solution and you feel so empowered.

Doing: You just want to get the job first.

You’d rather skip this lesson and come back later (and trust me, that hardly ever happens).

Milestones

  1. You’re getting more comfortable with BA terminologies and your role throughout the analysis, documentation, and solution implementation phases.
  2. You understand the phases involved with solving a business problem.
  3. You feel confident in brainstorming multiple solution options to address a business problem.
  4. You know what project management methodologies would be ideal for the business problem you’re solving for.
  5. You’re getting really resourceful and finding ways to improve processes around you.
  6. You’re sketching sample business process diagrams on paper and you feel comfortable navigating simple tools to create these diagrams – one or more of Excel, PowerPoint, Visio, JIRA, Gliffy, Smart Draw, etc.
  7. You understand the templates and know which one to use for your projects – BRD, FRD, User Stories, EPICS, etc.

Action Items

  1. Complete BA project lessons.
  2. Go through the project templates
  3. Complete the exercises and sample BA projects in the implementation guide.
  4. Ask for feedback if you feel stuck and you’re still not following the concept of projects or how to start the sample project.
  5. Celebrate your milestones/progress and share them with the group in our private forum.
  6. Move on to the next lesson.

 

  • Stage Six: Land Your Dream BA Job 65% 65%

Characteristics

Thinking: You’ll just take whatever you get. You don’t think you can ask for more money or expect much since you’re still new to this BA thing.

You’ve sent out multiple applications and interviewed several times and you still don’t have any BA job offers.

Feeling: You feel fearful and like an impostor – You don’t think don’t you deserve a BA opportunity, what if you get found put.

The thought of failing on your first project at work gives you cold sweats and keeps you up at night.

Doing: Self Sabotage – You won’t accept a BA job offer until you’re ready.

You want to test the market, but you won’t respond to any calls or go for any interviews until you’re ready.

 

Milestones

  1. You’re crushing more of your BA interviews.
  2. You’ve gone through 2 or more interview stages with different organizations.
  3. You’re discussing compensation and start dates with the recruiters/hiring managers.
  4. You’ve been made a verbal or written offer.
  5. You’ve been successfully onboarded and are ready to start.

Action Items

  1. Revise the 80/20 Job search strategy, leveraging your existing domain, and How to ACE YOUR BA interview lessons.
  2. Review your resume again and get feedback if you feel you’re not getting traction with your job applications. Your resume might still need tweaking.
  3. Go through the Negotiating Your BA offer step-by-step guide if you’re not sure how to negotiate your offer.
  4. Ask questions and get feedback in the group, if you need guidance on any areas
  5. Celebrate your milestones/progress and share them with the group in our private forum.
  6. Move on to the next lesson.

 

  • Stage Seven: Master Your BA Skills & Competencies On The Job 80% 80%

Characteristics

Thinking: You’ve been assigned your first project and you know exactly how to kick things off, in fact, you can’t wait to get started.

You think asking questions will make your new manager or colleagues think you don’t know what you’re doing.

The terminologies are still very technical for you and it will all go over your head.

You won’t know how to relate or respond to questions in impressive BA lingo.

Feeling: It’s your first day/week/month on the job and you’re feeling sweaty palms and cold sweats, worried you won’t have a clue what they are talking about.

You feel like your BA skills and project exposure isn’t where it should be and that you might fail on your project.

Doing: You’re quiet and timid and you’re not asking questions that will help you bridge any knowledge gaps on your new project.

You don’t know where to start after being assigned your first project and you ‘re waiting for your manager to tell you what to, or to introduce you to your business stakeholders.

You pretend you know what everyone is talking about, even though you have no idea.

You’re taking notes at meetings and nodding, then you should be engaging in open-ended conversations with your stakeholders.

You let others talk over you and you don’t express your views because you feel you don’t have an opinion or solution idea.

You don’t take control of your meetings and champion conversations in the right direction. you let others take over your requirement workshops.

 

 

Milestones

  1. You’re confident in your ability to navigate your projects in the real world even though it might be a new terrain and you won’t have all the answers.
  2. You’re equipped with the right questions and you’ve adequately prepared for your project kick-off meeting.
  3. You’ve created a checklist of everything you need to get started on your first project.
  4. You’ve done your research on the team’s book of work, project management methodology, stakeholder persona, etc. and you have an idea of the kind of projects they typically work on and what to expect.

Action Items

  1. Complete the business analysis planning and reporting lessons, solution recommendation, and implementation lessons.
  2. Complete the implementation guides for these lessons.
  3. Ask questions and get feedback in the group if you need guidance on any areas.
  4. Celebrate your milestones/progress and share them with the group in our private forum.
  5. Move on to the next lesson.

 

  • Stage Eight: Get Promoted – Skyrocket Your BA Career 100% 100%

Characteristics

Thinking: You’re thinking about the next level in your BA career.

You want to get promoted and get a raise.

You’re also considering leadership opportunities.

Feeling: You feel fulfilled and accomplished and you’re enjoying being part of the big picture in your organization.

You’ve mastered your domain really well through your successful projects and you feel you can do more.

Doing: You’re taking on voluntary leadership/mentorship opportunities and stretch assignments.

You’re managing a portfolio of high profile projects.

You’re visible within your organization and your stakeholders know, like, and trust you.

Milestones

  1. You’re running your projects on your own with little or no supervision.
  2. You’re doing excellent work on your projects and leading multiple projects/initiatives.
  3. You’re leading others in your team and mentoring junior BA’s.
  4. You’ve demonstrated exemplary work in your team and going above and beyond on your work, even taking on leadership initiative and stretch assignments.
  5. You are the subject matter expert/go-to person on certain areas in your team, people come to with questions on your past projects.
  6.  You’re getting great feedback/accolades from your stakeholders frequently.
  7. Your performance reviews and rating are going well and in line with the expectations of your manager.
  8. You’re consistently meeting and exceeding your performance goals.
  9. You’ve gone from BA-newbie to confident pro in short amount of time and you’re always seeking ways to develop yourself and improve your skills 

Action Items

  1. Complete the BA career management lessons.
  2. Complete the implementation guide on your BA career management manifesto.
  3. Complete the IIBA Certifications Demystified lessons and checklist to plan your BA certification.
  4. Go through the Negotiating Your BA offer step-by-step guide to prepare to ask for your raise.
  5. Get feedback on your work on the job so far and document your accolades.
  6. Celebrate your milestones/progress and share them with the group in our private forum.
  7. Keep the momentum going and lead others in our private forum who haven’t attained to your level of success yet.
  8. Ask me about creating additional streams of income/career paths from your BA career.