Selecting the right business analyst training provider
If you are searching for a business analyst training program, I am sure you will get a lot of options to choose from. Selecting the right business analyst training provider can be a daunting task. More so because the courses don’t come cheap so you can’t use trial and error technique.
Disclaimer: I represent an IT certification training provider, TECHCANVASS and we are into business analyst training courses. However, I have tried to write this article considering myself as someone who is looking to find the right training provider.
So, how do you go about selecting the appropriate business analyst training provider? I have shortlisted the top 7 parameters to select the right training provider for business analyst training.
Think like an Employer
Even before you start searching for training providers, you must put yourself in an employer shoes and consider the skills you will be expecting for this role. As an entry level business analyst, what is going to be your role and which skills will enable you to perform the role efficiently?
So understanding the requisite skills for an entry level business analyst will be first step. Let me help you with the top 6 skills for an entry level business analyst:
a) Ability to engage customers for requirements elicitation/gathering
b) Capability to manage requirements (traditional and Agile)
c) Ability to conduct requirements analysis and modelling (UML modelling, prototyping etc)
d) Basic SQL knowledge (Querying)
e) Ability to develop and manage SRS/FS or Product Backlogs
f) Capability to verify and validate requirements
You can use these skills as a benchmark to compare the courses offered by a training provider and shortlisting initial few.
Training Provider credibility
Once you have factored in the course content and shortlisted the training providers, the next step is to evaluate them on their credibility. So, How do you evaluate the credibility of a training provider?
- Will you decide based on brand?
- or can you decide based on friend’s recommendations?
- or would you decide based on Internet feedbacks?
- or should you decide based on “Authorized Training provider” status
In my view, no single factor is dominant in this case. All these factors should be considered in shortlisting a training provider.
Let me help you with some scenarios:
A company is known because lot of people like it or is it known because it is visible everywhere? Many brands are well known because they spend a lot of money on advertising and are visible everywhere?
Your friend has recommended a training provider on heresay or he/she has done a course from that particular training provider.
Last few feedbacks for a training provider is negative or positive. That does not make a company good or bad. Look at the percentage of feedbacks over a period of time (at least a year or 2 years).
Dig deeper – Ask for demo or review their content
The next step is to evaluate the depth and skills of their trainers. You can ask for a demo or ask for class recordings. The class recordings are the best representation of trainers teaching style and depth of knowledge.
Most of the training providers should have class recordings available on their Youtube channel or website itself. If you feel comfortable listening to these, it’s a big YES.
However, be careful, don’t just decide on the basis of one video as that could be the best one and only one.
Right Training mode for you
Which is the most appropriate training mode for you? Would you prefer classroom training or live online training or self-paced training?
It’s purely dependent on your availability, work schedule and style of learning. Does the training provider provides training in that particular mode? Please be aware that, there are advantages and disadvantages of each of the approaches.
An important consideration is the availability of recorded sessions in case you miss a class. This is quite common because of work schedule, family commitments etc. If you get access to recorded sessions, that will help you in maintaining continuity.
Does the training provider offers support of any kind? Can you ask questions after the classes? Sometimes you may not feel comfortable asking a question in the class for whatever reasons? Is there any provision for getting answers later? Or is there is any channel for submitting your questions and doubts?
The training provider can provide support in one of the following formats:
- A lively discussion forum
- Email support
I know a couple of training providers, who have lively discussion forums where students ask questions and these questions are answered by trainers.
Another important criteria is the project or projects? Does the course include projects which will help you in applying all the concepts and processes learnt?
For example, does the course provide you with software projects where you can learn to develop and model requirements in a system requirements specification (SRS) document? Can you do a project to create user story cards or learn to manage product backlogs?
Working on these projects enables you to be confident during the interview (as you have done it yourself). At the same time, it also allows you to showcase in your resume making it more credit worthy.
The Training cost
The training cost is the last but certainly not the least parameter for selecting the training provider and the course. As the course fees is not a small amount, it is certainly a factor in decision making.
Which training provider offers the course at the best price, provided the course meets other criteria? Even though this cost may not be the lowest but a 10-15% premium for the best provider is not a bad deal. Always consider the best value rather than just the cost.
Hope these parameters will be useful in selecting the right training provider for the business analyst training course.
Wish you all the best