Everyone cringes at the word recession and all that goes along with it – lost jobs, depressed wages and fewer employee benefits. For savvy business analysts though, it can be a time to excel. Following are two reasons a bad economy can be good for your career if you're a business analyst with top-notch skills.
Two Skills Top-Notch Business Analysts Have An Intimate Knowledge of UML: Many business analysts know what UML is, but have no idea how to effectively use it to bring about results that get noticed. And, this is what separates an average business analyst from an outstanding one. UML allows business analysts to more effectively manage software projects. This is particularly important when you consider that industry expert estimate that more than three-quarters of software projects routinely go over budget and miss rollout deadlines.
Software development projects are complex entities involving many different specialists. UML is the foundational language that gives all pertinent parties universal understanding of the overall project goal. This saves time and money.
The Ability to Write Use Cases: Because a major part of an IT business analyst's role is to define requirements for developing and testing software, it naturally follows that they would be the one to write use cases.
In some organizations, however, use cases are written by a programmer, tester or project manager, for example. And, this is where any number of problems can ensue, eg, the use case is written too late in the process to be effective, or there may be problems with accuracy, or there may be too little information provided, etc.
For these reasons and quite a few more, a business analyst who knows how to write use cases is invaluable to their organization.
Remember this: it's the business analysts who can provide bottom-line value in belt-tightening times who will constantly be in demand. And, this means having top-notch skills.