Career transition from QA to BA

Career transition from QA to BA

QA/Quality Assurance as we most professionals know is that profession where one is responsible for the product/project quality. They are the ones who are supposed to test the system/application, make all the best attempts to capture as many defects as possible so that the system behaves in the desired/expected way in the intended environment. This topic will describe how to make the Career transition from QA to BA smoothly.

As part of this, Quality Analyst needs to first understand the functionalities of the system, this requires the understanding of the requirements really well.

While performing this Quality Analyst gets better with requirements/domain knowledge day by day, which they can use to their advantage. This acquired knowledge eventually gives them a mileage in being a part of their plan for a career transition to a Business Analysis Profession.

While trying to test the application in all possible ways to take out the most of the defects, they go through the requirements minutely, examine it carefully and over time get better with how best requirements can be written or documented.

QA/Quality Assurance as we most professionals know is that profession where one is responsible for the product/project quality. They are the ones who are supposed to test the system/application, make all the best attempts to capture as many defects as possible so that the system behaves in the desired/expected way in the intended environment. This topic will describe how to make the Career transition from QA to BA smoothly.

As part of this, Quality Analyst needs to first understand the functionalities of the system, this requires the understanding of the requirements really well.

While performing this Quality Analyst gets better with requirements/domain knowledge day by day, which they can use to their advantage. This acquired knowledge eventually gives them a mileage in being a part of their plan for a career transition to a Business Analysis Profession.

While trying to test the application in all possible ways to take out the most of the defects, they go through the requirements minutely, examine it carefully and over time get better with how best requirements can be written or documented.

What is a good practice in writing requirements, how to present information, what kind of words to use and what not to use in the requirements, what’s the best way to present a flow in an unambiguous way these are certain aspects they come across and an ace over time?

While testing the application from various roles/permissions they know what user expects from the application, be it how should the UI be designed or how should a report look like.

Knowing the requirements, functional aspects and the user expectation well they naturally develop and acquire the qualities needed to be a good Business Analyst.
Some amount of career development planning makes the Career transition from QA to BA a smooth ride:

  1. Get involved in the requirements gathering process proactively
  2. Show interest, gather knowledge and be proactive to be part of the requirements gathering and documentation process
  3. Try to learn the business terms, business process, look for any business (domain) terms repository available in your project, or with client/on the web
  4. Get involved in the user /implementation training
  5. Take lead in any defect resolution/analysis with users during the deployment process.
  6. Take lead/active part in any process/requirement changes in the project/account.
  7. Learn the modeling tools (diagramming tools) and Requirement management tools
  8. Make an effort to know the domain and industry better.
  9. Follow some great leaders in the industry that you are in.
  10. After all, make learning your objective for everyday

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