Be a B.A.

by IN India
October 20, 2014

Average: 5 (3 votes)

Be a B.A. - Book CoverBe a B.A book is Recommended by Mridul Gupta, Management Consultant, Accenture Management Consulting, CCBA, IIBA. And Foreworded by Prof. Meena R Chandawarkar, Vice Chancellor Karnataka State Women’s University, Bijapur, India.
Reviews from Industry Experts:
"A TREAT for budding business analysts and consulting professionals. This book will give all it needs to be successful as a business analyst - A must read!" - Mridul Gupta, Management Consultant, Accenture Management Consulting, CCBA, IIBA
"Simplistic, exemplary, structured and thoughtful content of the book makes it one of the best for the Business Analyst fraternity!" - Yogesh More, Executive Manager, ADP.
“This is an excellent book for those looking to take up BA as a career. Gives a lot of clarity on the objectives and actual work required in Business Analysis. The perfect answer to 'why BA' for individuals and organizations alike!” - Dr. Dinesh Rijhwani, Healthcare Entrepreneur, MBBS, MBA (IIM Ahmedabad '10)
"If one is keen to know the insights of Business Analysis profession, Be a B.A. is a remarkable book to begin." - Angamuthu Manoharan, CEO, BAeHAL Software ltd, Bangalore
“A beginner book that summarizes many aspects of BA in one place.” – NK Narasimhan, CEO and Founder, Nascar Technologies Pvt Ltd (Ex – Yahoo! And Sun Microsystem Employee)

About the book:
If you are looking forward to start/advance your career as a Business Analyst with Leading companies like Deloitte, KPMG, Accenture, TCS, Google, Microsoft, Cognizant, EY, Cisco and many more ; grab the Be a B.A. book and start your journey!
Business Analysis (BA) as a profession has proven its own success by bringing significant value to any of the business an Organization/Institution operates, BA practice is much appreciated across industries. However there are still challenges, so many why, what and how questions for the profession itself. Hence an attempt is made to address various aspects of the profession in this book, Authors have taken a step forward to reach the professionals along with aspiring Business Analysts via this platform. With consulting companies open to hire non-MBAs, this book will be an excellent book to begin for aspiring Business Analysts (B.A.’s) as well.
The book discusses aspects such as Overview of Business Analysis, Need of B.A.’s, Hiring Process and Exercises (that would help for any interviewees and for career transition aspirants), Why B.A., Roles & Responsibilities, Skills Set, Evolution of the Profession, Ambiguity in B.A. Designations, Success Stories of B.A.s, Interesting Facts and many more.

Table of Content:
Chapter 1 : What is Business Analysis 15
1.1 Introduction 15
1.2 Evolution of BA 17
1.3 Defining Business Analysis 21
1.4 AS-IS and TO-BE 27
1.5 Business Analyst 28
Chapter 2 : Roles and Responsibilities of a B.A. 29
2.1 Roles of B.A. 29
2.2 Different Terminologies for B.A.s 32
2.3 Responsibilities of B.A. 39
2.4 Business Analyst vs. Project Manager 40
Chapter 3 : Career of a B.A. 44
3.1 Roadmap 44
3.2 Competency checklist for B.A.s 46
3.3 Skill Set at Work 47
3.4 Glimpses of Various Hiring Scenarios 51
3.5 Certification and Training 55
Chapter 4 : What Drives You to Be There? 57
4.1 Why B.A. 57
4.2 A Typical Day 67
4.3 B.A. in SDLC 70
Chapter 5 : B.A. and Ahead 78
5.1 Key Techniques used by B.A.s 78
5.2 Success Stories from the Business Analyst Fraternity 85
5.3 BA Revolution/ Future of BA 103
Annexure 1 105
The Case Interview: 105
Annexure 2: 112
Do it Today Series Contest 115
References: 116
Other Resources (Articles/Papers/Webinars): 117
Author’s Profile 119

About the Authors:

Subhashis Panda: Subhashis is a practitioner of Business Analysis in MNCs (Global HCM Solutions Leader, Fortune 500 Organizations). He has extensive exposure to IT Business Analysis engagements and he has been involved with multiple client assignments for business solutions. He is part of product management activities as well. He is a B.E. graduate from VTU, Belgaum, Karnataka. Also He is a Gold Medalist for holding excellence in academics and bagging University Rank. Recently he completed the course ‘Innovating in Healthcare’ from Harvard Business School and obtained Honor Code Certificate. He keeps investing himself in the business analysis world to explore every developing phase of the profession and opportunities. Knowledge sharing at global level is something passionate him in his day to day life.

Santosh Avvannavar: Santosh started his career as a consultant and Soft Skills Trainer. After his college education from NITK, Surathkal, he worked as a researcher at University of Eindhoven, University of Twente, and Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. He was also the Placement President while working at IISC, Bangalore. He has over twenty-five publications of mostly research documents in national and international journals. He has also authored sixteen conference papers and regularly writes articles for a national and worldwide daily paper. He also works as an advisor for different organizations. He also dabbles in fiction writing and is the author of Adhuri Prem Kahaniya; Dear Wife, Your Husband is not a Superhero, Second Heart, Get a Job WITHOUT an Interview – Goolge & Beyond, and Surrogate Author. He likes to devote his personal time in writing for a website, namely the Amrita Foundation for HRD (www.amritafoundation.wordpress.com). He has conducted seminars and training sessions for more than 35,000 people in India and abroad over the last seven years.

Recommendation from Industry Expert is:
“This book truly stands out in terms of its structured execution of ideas. So, much so that one can easily make out it would have come from a business analyst or a consultant. It clearly simplifies what it needs to take to be a B.A. and the path to achieve the same. It is very well suited to the likes of the emerging business analysts. It blends both the theoretical and practical aspects of the business analysis profession. The cases explained at various places testify the role of the business analyst further and add reality to the very existence of this role in real world.
Hats off to the book that explains everything without using much technical jargon. A pleasure going through it!”
Best wishes,
Mridul Gupta
Management Consultant
Accenture Management Consulting
CCBA, IIBA.

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