Before we get into the skills, it’s important to really understand who a business analyst is. A Business Analyst is required to have the knowledge of Business Domain, Management, Software Development Life Cycle, and Documentation in general. He is also supposed to have the ability to effectively communicate with client and project teams, negotiate, organize and analyze a large amount of data and visualize an appropriate solution for the problem. A Business Analyst should have the capability to sit in the client’s shoes so as to be able to understand the needs of the client and bring them to the surface.
- Logical and Analytical Skills
A Business Analyst should have the ability to think logically and grasp a logical discussion from the beginning of a project to the end phase of the project. This allows a Business Analyst to analyze, describe, evaluate data and validate the requirements. He has to first assess the suggestions and opinions provided by the stakeholders and consider the consequences before making a proposal. At the same time, a Business Analyst has to be outstandingly Analytical in their approach that would benefit him in performing his job without any difficulty.
- Technical Skills
A Business Analyst must have technical skills to interpret business requirements into technology language correctly to be understood by technology teams/stakeholders. Technical skills help a Business Analyst to bridge the gap between its business problems and technical solutions. A Business Analyst with strong technical skills has the ability to develop the technical artifacts from business requirements.
- Leadership Skills
A Business Analyst has different responsibilities in an organization. One of the major responsibilities of a Business Analyst is to be a successful leader. A successful Business Analyst is the one who has tremendous leadership skills and is capable of managing a team of Business Analysts in delivering the requirements as per the business rules specified. Strong leadership skills allow a Business Analyst to manage the whole requirements process that involves relationship building with multiple stakeholders who are the major source of the business or project requirements.
- Communication Skills
A Business Analyst should have excellent communication skills to communicate at all levels for successful project execution and delivery. A Business Analyst should be able to communicate each and every stakeholder about any updates each and everywhere to be clear. He should be able to deliver his message clearly that is easy to apprehend and simple to understand.
- Knowledge of Business and Technology Domains
A Business Analyst is required to have good knowledge of business and technology domains to clearly apprehend the business needs. If a Business Analyst possesses good knowledge of domain and its associated business processes, he will be able to yield the positive results and accomplish the main objectives.