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Business Analyst Skills

If you know what to do next, then skill is knowing how to do it.

Business analyst skills are the job requirements of a business analyst (BA). The term BA describes someone who practices business analysis. A BA analyzes the business problems at all levels of business, government, and nonprofits.

Here are the four levels of business analysis:

  1. Planning Strategically - The analysis of the entity's business strategy.
  2. Operating Business model analysis - the definition and analysis of the organizations policies and market models.
  3. Process definition and design - business process modeling usually done through process modeling and design.
  4. IT/Technical business analysis - the interpretation of business rules and requirements for technical systems (usually information technology).

Here is an outline of some of the skills required for a business analyst:

Analytical skills

  • Financial analysis
  • Statistical analysis
  • Operations research
  • Requirements analysis
  • Systems analysis

Technical skills

  • Working knowledge of science
  • Understanding of engineering principles
  • Ability to apply financial principles to feasibility studies

Managerial skills

  • Project management capabilities
  • Understand organizational behavior

Negotiation skills

  • Negotiate to obtain data
  • Negotiate with stakeholders to implement projects

Communication and writing skills

  • Communicate with all levels of management
  • Relate with line workers
  • Good technical writing skills
  • Be familiar with all forms of communications
  • Public speaking skills

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