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How to Start a Business Analyst Career: A roadmap to start an IT career in business analysis or find entry -level business analyst jobs Paperback – September 12, 2010

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For those of you who are looking to begin a BA career, I highly recommend Laura's e-book How to start a Business Analyst Career. I took her advice and I made a call to a nonprofit organization in my city to be matched to opportunities where I could apply and hone my BA skills. Fortunately, I was given an opportunity very quickly, and have been working to document processes in the form of a training guide for this nonprofit. I love the work and I love the people. But more importantly, the e-book spelled out what I needed to do to put myself on the right path to landing a BA job. --Jonathan Babcock, PracticalAnalyst.com

"As the Chief "Evangelist" Officer for IIBA, I often have people come up to me after a presentation and share their excitement that they now have a formal name for the role they have often performed for years within their organizations - Business Analysts. But how do they take that knowledge and use it to enhance their positions further within their companies? IIBA® and the BABOK® have formalized the BA profession and given its practitioners a structure in which to evaluate and improve their practice of business analysis. Laura Brandau, in her book in How to Start a Business Analyst Career takes that information and builds on it to provide both new and seasoned BAs with a roadmap to take their career to the next level. There is no one path to becoming a Business Analyst. Laura's book helps you leverage what you have and succeed in this fast growing profession." -- Kathleen Barret, CEO, International Institute of Business Analysis®

"I wish I had this book last year when I was seeking information out about how to become a business analyst." --Douglas Hill

About the Author

Laura Brandenburg is the principal consultant for Clear Spring Business Analysis and hosts Bridging the Gap, a blog to help business analysts become leaders and advance their careers. Laura is passionate about the business analyst profession and helps BAs become better communicators, learn new technical skills, and find fulfilling careers in business analysis. Prior to founding Clear Spring Business Analysis, Laura held a variety of information technology roles and has been instrumental in establishing business analyst practices in several organizations.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 206 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (September 12, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1450570801
  • ISBN-13: 978-1450570800
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,022,710 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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START YOUR BUSINESS ANALYST CAREER

Laura Brandenburg, CBAP is an internationally-recognized leader known for helping mid-career professionals start business analysis careers.

Laura brings more than a decade of experience in the business analysis profession, filling such diverse roles as a full-time business analyst, consultant, and hiring manager. She brings all of these perspectives into her writing, presenting, coaching, and training to help you find transferable business analysis skills, expand your business analysis experience, and start your business analysis career with confidence.

If you'd like to know more about how you can get started as a business analyst, scroll down the page and check out the different books Laura has published.

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This book won't teach you *how* to be a BA. If you want a book that goes over very specific skills such as requirements, UML, and so forth, you'll need different books for those. This one is more of a strategic approach to leaving one occupation to become a BA. The author does a fantastic job of highlighting skills and experience you may already have that applies to BA work that you might not have identified on your own. This is valuable because it can really help you speak to your experience in an interview as well as make your resume truly applicable to the BA job you're applying for. It can also help you identify certain tasks and projects in your current work that translate to BA skills that can help you land your first bona fide BA job.

If you're thinking of, or have already decided to, become a BA, this is easily the first book you should read. Hands down. Then, start perusing some specific skills books. But start here first.

Many thanks to the author for writing this. It's a completely unique approach to a "business" book. Everyone else is trying to prove their expertise about a very narrow aspect of BA work (which, don't get me wrong, can be helpful), but this one can really help ease you into the transition. You can't go to college to be a BA like you can an accountant. So how do you break into the field? This book does an excellent job of explaining it and offering numerous suggestions. I felt noticeably more confident about pursuing my next job as a BA after reading this.
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Laura's ebook has helped me land my first BA job by providing me guidelines on how to transition my current career and land my very first Business Analyst role.

It gives an overview of how a Business Analyst works. I love the acid test at the start of the book since it is the starting point of evaluating if you are meant for a BA role. The tips on how to present your CV for a BA role is also a plus.

I would say this a goldmine for the price you're paying...worth buying for.
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For those who wanted to be BA, this is your shortcut. You'll get to know just enough.
For those accidental-BA, it confirms your roles.
For those already a BA, it tells you the gap.
For those Professional BA, what are you doing here!? (Just joking)

This book actually can save you from running like a headless chicken through every BA blogs, forums, speak to specialists, or podcast you can find. Trust me, I was the headless chicken. :)
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Hello,

The content of this book is very helpful for any professional that wishes to start this career path.

I've been in the profession for many years now and some areas of the book brought new ideas on how to approach some situations.

Others areas, confirmed the learned lessons. It's great to see that other BA's experience the same.

Best regards
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If you're looking to become a Business Analyst, Laura Brandenburg's book, How to Start a Business Analyst Career is simply the right way to get started. Clear and concise, this book is a thoughtful introduction to the field. Written with a systems mindset, in plain language, I learned about the industry, the necessary skill set required for the BA role, and quickly became acquainted with the vocabulary and resources needed to begin a career. Tips on job searching, resume building and networking are invaluable, because unlike most career books, the ideas presented here are customized specifically to the Business Analyst position. When it comes to research, Laura has done the heavy lifting for you, by including links with outside source material. Want more detail? Go directly to a site that offers training, education or further readings -- resources cultivated through Laura's years of experience -- an inspiring (and time saving) feature if you're serious about getting into the field.
Determining a career path is one of the most important decisions we make in life. As you work your way through the chapters, Laura helps you identify the values underlying your decision. She helps you to understand the context within which you will work, and provides exercises to help you create a targeted job search. She gives you all the essential principles needed to make your start toward success. You will remember this book as the first valuable investment you made in your career. Buy it. Read it. Like me, I think you'll discover that the most effective way to start a business analysis career... is to follow Laura's guidance and apply the principles of the BA process to yourself, first.
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This book is a must read for any aspiring business analyst or any one interested in gaining additional knowledge in business analysis. It was so good I purchased an additional copy for a friend of mine, who equally loved it.
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By Julia on January 14, 2013
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this was a pretty decent overview of the BA function and career. I have been working as a BA for 2 years and still found this book helpful although i know the author has a second book which i havent looked at yet. If you want a layman's guide to what a business analyst does and how to get into the field this book is what youre looking for.
In general a BA is an awesome job if you have good analytical skills and ALSO good people skills. This book approaches the BA career with all the energy and enthusiasm it warrants .

Im only two-thirds done with the book but this has been my experience with it thus far
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