How To Excel As a Business Analyst
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How To Excel As a Business Analyst

A self-help guide for Business Analysts / Technology professionals to build core, critical skills for career progress.
4.6 (4 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
237 students enrolled
Created by Ravi Bommakanti
Last updated 10/2016
Price: $45
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  • 1 hour on-demand video
  • 6 Articles
  • 3 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • This course will be help you be the best BA you can possibly be - by helping you assess for yourself:
  • 1. The real role you are playing and the work to be done to reach full potential in that role.
  • 2. The signs that tell you whether you are on the right track or whether you are headed towards problems.
  • 3. The root causes of problems and how to fix them and move ahead in your projects and career.
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  • A desire to learn, curiosity and a STRONG desire to EXCEL.
  • You do not need any software for this course, all you need is an open mind to learn new ideas and practical insights.

Join 200 plus BAs who are already learning and benefiting. 

This is a self help course and guide and is meant for Business Analysts/Leaders of Business Analysts/Project or Technology professionals with 1-20 years of experience. 

You want to BE THE BEST BA YOU CAN POSSIBLY BE. However, you face a number of problems to meet your own expectations:

PROBLEMS There could be a gap between your own expectations of yourself versus how others see you. This gap could be due to lack of core skills, mismatch between your title and actual work done or inability to meet high expectations from others. Appraisals or feedback from others can help you close this gap. However, feedback and appraisals are not timely, honest, comprehensive and unbiased. They are also mostly superficial and do not analyse in depth the root causes and suggest constructive steps you can take. 

SOLUTION: You need to help and guide yourself based on a real-life model and a real picture of the work you are doing. Self help will give instant results to build core skills and progress without waiting for feedback or appraisals. You will get instant answers and solutions to your problems to guide yourself

If you are a Business Analyst, you can:

  1. Identify your role clearly and assess the work you need to do to reach full potential in the role.
  2. Identify signs of problems and signs of success in your day-to-day work.
  3. Identify root causes for problems, fix them and move ahead in your career. 

If you are a Leader of Business Analysts, you can:

  1. Guide your team on assessing themselves
  2. Find ways to create opportunities for your team to improve their performance and yours
  3. Get more time to focus on the really important stuff!

If you are a Technology professional, you can:

  1. Understand the full scope of Business analysis roles and what it takes to Excel.
  2. Identify the best fit among BA roles, if you are considering a move to BA roles.

In addition, if you are a BA working in an IT service provider, you can find ways to overcome fundamental challenges in your career. 

Valuable tips that deal with critical issues faced by a Business Analyst will be added as a special bonus in the course.

The course is based on the powerful 3-hat approach that provides a simple, practical and innovative self-assessment guide to EXCEL as a Business Analyst. 

                                        "BE THE BEST BUSINESS ANALYST YOU CAN POSSIBLY BE"

Who is the target audience?
  • The course is suited for Business Analysts, Leaders of Business Analysts who want to EXCEL in the practice of Business Analysis and BOOST their CORE SKILLS. You get instant answers and solutions to your problems without having to depend on appraisals or feedback sessions.
  • This course is also suited for Project or Technology Professionals who are looking to move into Business Analysis roles.
  • This course boosts practical, on-the ground CORE SKILLS. It is not a soft skills course.
  • This course is not about Microsoft Excel or the use of any spreadsheet software
Curriculum For This Course
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Meet the instructor and get to know him.
1 Lecture 02:04

Meet the Instructor virtually.

Preview 02:04
How to get the best from the course
1 Lecture 00:23

5 suggestions for you to get maximum value from the course.

How to get the best from the course
How you will benefit from the course
1 Lecture 06:06

Benefits of the course for:

1. The individual Business Analyst

2. Leader of a team of BAs or the Head for a BA Center of Excellence

Preview 06:06
Details of Course Structure
1 Lecture 03:46

The specifics of the entire course structure, special sections and more!

Preview 03:46
The Blueprint for Excellence
1 Lecture 06:37

A real-world Blueprint for most things you will be doing in your work, in Business Analysis and in Technology/Project work.

Introducing the Blueprint

Test your understanding of the Blueprint and Have Fun.

Test yourself on the Blueprint
5 questions
The powerful 3-hat approach
1 Lecture 06:28

You may be called a Business Analyst, but what is the real nature of work you do and what is the hat you are wearing?

Introducing the 3-Hat approach
Specifics of the 3-hat approach
1 Lecture 09:33

A detailed look inside the 3-hats! Find out how the 3 hat approach can be used and how it can help you work towards reaching full potential in your role. 

How to use the 3-hat Approach

Test yourself on the Hats.

Know your Hats
5 questions
Assess where you are and where you are going
1 Lecture 00:21

The signs are important indicators for you - they tell you whether you are headed towards success or towards problems based on your day to day work. 

Read the Signs
Root Causes of Problems and How to Fix Them
1 Lecture 00:15

A problem well defined is half the solution. Find out the root causes of your problems, how to fix them and move ahead in your career.

Fix your problems
Special Section - What is ahead for a Mature Business Analyst
1 Lecture 05:56

This course gives you a step-by-step self assessment guide, as well as the path towards a Mature Business Analyst. Getting to be a Mature BA is not easy - it involves development of core skills, substantial expertise and takes time. Even after you reach a Mature BA level, your journey need not stop! 

This lecture gives you a peek into what lies beyond a Mature BA.  

What is ahead for a Mature Business Analyst
2 More Sections
About the Instructor
Ravi Bommakanti
4.8 Average rating
4 Reviews
237 Students
1 Course
Founder, Chief Instructor, Guide, Mentor at BBITS Consulting

I have the rare combination of hands-on experience in both business AND technology. I also saw both sides of the world, having worked in large organisations AND in IT service providers serving such large organisations. In addition,I lived and worked in the US, Australia, Europe and India to develop wide-ranging global experience. I played varied roles - hands-on business analyst, programmer, design lead, Project Manager, Head of a Business Analysis Center of Excellence and Head of a Global Delivery Center delivering an average of 200 projects yearly.

These rare combinations and rich global experience has given me unique insights and an end-to-end view of business analysis; all the way from a business sponsor to a programmer. I have used these unique insights in Business Analysis to win new customers for IT providers as well as deliver business projects faster and better for organisations.

I am passionate about Business Analysis and always eager to share my expertise. I trained and coached Business Analysts into expert Domain consultants across the globe.

I am here to share innovative ideas, real-world insights and practical tricks to help you learn business quickly, master complex projects, reduce analysis time dramatically and get more from your meetings with business users. I am available to support you as your guide and coach. Feel free to reach out with questions or feedback. I would love to hear from you and would be delighted to help you.