What Makes An Outstanding Business Analyst?
In my line of work as a recruiter in change management, I encounter Business Analysts from every industry. BA’s work in all manner of environments, from short term IT implementation projects to long term BAU compliance work, but through my conversations it is apparent that there are certain qualities that all great BA’s possess, whatever their line of work.
Many business analysts agree that a keen sense of curiosity is a vital component of success for any aspiring BA. Business Analysts with a natural sense of inquiry seek to understand everything, questioning data and relevance, they are not satisfied until the full scope of the problem is understood – this leads to more innovative solutions.
Ability to learn
An enquiring mind is also invariably accompanied by a desire to learn. Business analysts are often expected to work in new and alien environments; those that can adapt and up-skill themselves the fastest are usually the most successful and valuable.
Whilst BA’s are valued for their ability to pick apart the minutiae of a problem, those that progress most quickly to senior roles and provide the most value are often those see that are able to see the big picture as well as do the deep dive analysis. Business Analysts with a strategic mind will look to understand the bigger picture before heading into the detail of understanding where this project fits in with the organizational goals.