1. Managing BA careers – Separating hype from reality

A session at UK IIBA London Branch Event - July 2011

  • BSG (UK)

The hype: Managing BA careers is easy. All BAs want is an ongoing succession of projects which allow them to elicit and manage requirements.

The reality: Far more complicated (of course!). BAs come from a diverse background and will have an ever changing range of career goals. Although there are “must have” technical skills (modelling, facilitation, etc.), these are relatively easily learned but require ongoing practice to master.

Throughout a BA's career, there will continue to be career related questions. Is a BA role really a career path or is it just a route from development from projects to management? As they become experienced, should BAs continue to specialise in the process of BA or should they become SMEs? It all amounts to one fundamental question – is being a BA a career or a career step?

Truth be told, we cannot promise ready answers to any of these questions. The best we can do is to share our current model for framing these questions and collectively reflect on its applicability. We hope you’ll find it interesting.

BSG (UK) is an IT consulting company with specialist skills in business analysis and software development. We’ve been evolving our in-house BA career model since 1997 and we think we’ve almost got it right, although we’ve been saying that since 1998. Typical BAs!

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