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Steps to Mastering Business Analysis written by Barbara A. Carkenord, CBAP and published by J.Ross Publishing. "Chapter 1: Possess a Clear Understanding of Business Analysis" (PDF) is for those new to business analysis or who want to learn about the business analyst role. It explains what business analysis is, its role in software development, the role of a business analyst, and the traits of good business analysts.
Early works on business analysis suggest that use of specific diagrams, possessing a technical background, or being a strong facilitator is what makes a successful business analyst. Seven Steps to Mastering Business Analysis advances the field by illustrating how all of those factors combined, along with many others, are the key to success. This book gives insight into the ideal skills and characteristics of successful business analysts and provides a foundation of learning for effecting business analysis work. This guide will also help prepare you for business analysis certification by explaining the tasks and knowledge areas in the Business Analysis Body of Knowledge (BABOK).
Seven Steps to Mastering Business Analysis will help build the skill sets of new and experienced analysts, as well as those currently doing analysis work, including project managers, system analysts, product managers, and business development professionals. Human resources professionals working to establish business analysis job descriptions and career paths in their organizations and executives who may have responsibility for managing and evaluating the success of business analysts will also find this book useful.
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