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The top five commercial skills needed to be a great Business Analyst

The business analyst needs to be aware of the What, Why, When, How, Where and Who throughout the project lifecycle.

Have you ever wondered what makes business analysts great at their jobs? There are certain skills and attributes which we have identified in business analysts that separate the good from the great. This quote from Rudyard Kipling sums up what are the key skills needed by aspiring great business analysts.

“I keep six honest serving men (They taught me all I knew); Their names are What and Why and When And How and Where and Who.”

The business analyst needs to be aware of the What, Why, When, How, Where and Who throughout the project lifecycle; and more importantly, the BA needs to be able to mobilise all those areas to produce a finished product that elicits support and approval from their clients and stakeholders.

We will look in more detail at the top five skills a business analyst needs in order to produce exceptional quality work.

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