Analysis of technical writer and business analyst skill sets29/03/16
Last month I put forward the view that technical writers can make great business analysts because the skill sets are very similar, and by employing someone who has a background in technical writing you have the advantage that you will always get great written artefacts.
Today I want to go into a bit more depth on a comparison of the skill sets.
Core skill sets
|Business analyst skill||Similar technical writer skill|
|Business analysis planning and monitoring||Project management and organisation|
|Elicitation and collaboration||Interviewing
Research and analysis
|Requirements lifecycle management|
|Requirements analysis and design||Research and analysis:|
|Strategy analysis||Process improvement|
|Design, structure and layout of information|
|Editing and quality control|
|Output and publishing|
Personal attributes / competencies
|Business analyst||Similar technical writer skills|
|Analytical thinking||Analytical thinking|
|Problem solving||Problem solving|
|Business knowledge||Domain knowledge|
|Interaction skills||Client management|
|Tools and technology||Tools and technology (some the same, some different)|
You can see from the table that there are gaps in both directions, but there are a lot of similarities too.
Surprisingly, written communication only rates about half a page in the BABOK, 1/1000 of the content. Incredible!