Q: I’m a software developer who has become more interested in the ‘business side of my company than the technical side. How easy is it to transition from being a software developer into a Business Analyst?
A: It’s not uncommon for software developers to move into business analyst roles.
Their technical know-how and familiarity with software development work well with their people-orientated approach.
The biggest transferable skills software developers bring into business analyst roles is that they can see the possibilities technology presents. They’re able to disseminate business needs and offer a rounded technical response.
The journey from software developer to business analyst can be tricky. Here are three tips to make the transition easier:
- Be proactive with business stakeholders and end-users. This will help you understand the big picture process and how software can solve problems and suit business needs.
- Learn the lingo – the language of business is different from the techie side of things, so put the technical jargon away unless you’re speaking with other software developers.
- Keep asking questions to discover what your business wants and needs software to do. Making assumptions is one of the worst things a business analyst could do. Developers tend to favour finding solutions, but you need a broad sense of business issues first.
If you’re thinking of making the move from software developer to business analyst, talk to one of our recruitment consultants today.