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Breaking into business analyst career
August 26, 2013
1:27 pm
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Hello,

20 years software industry experience - 5 in support, 2 as trainer, 3 in tech sales and last 10 in sales. What additional training/certif would you recommend to move into a business analyst career?

Thanks very much!

August 27, 2013
7:21 pm
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Since you have a software / tech background the transition should not be to difficult. Look into taking some basic online courses or look into getting a pmp/ccba certification. They will get you in the door. Make sure you understand the processes business analysts go though to solve problems.

Good luck!

August 28, 2013
10:55 am
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Thank you. Another question - I thought that most PMP or CCBA certs required the pre-requisite of work experience as a Project Manager or Business Analyst, which I do not have. Is that not always the case?

August 28, 2013
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We get a lot of questions around this requirement. The experience that IIBA refers to here is the Business Analysis work experience, and NOT the experience with a job title as the Business Analyst. Its not required that you hold a title of “Business Analyst” to be eligible. Your work should be in the area of business analysis and within the realm of the six knowledge areas described in the BABOK regardless of what your job title is. With our profession being relatively new, there is no real uniformity in the titles different organizations adopt.

So, you should be a Business Analyst according to how the BABOK defines it regardless of what your company calls you:

A business analyst is any person who performs business analysis activities, no matter what their job title or organizational role may be. Business analysis practitioners include not only people with the job title of business analyst, but may also include business systems analysts, systems analysts, requirements engineers, process analysts, product managers, product owners, enterprise analysts, business architects, management consultants, or any other person who performs the tasks described in the BABOK Guide, including those who also perform related disciplines.

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