Are you an aspiring Business Analyst or Software Tester? Have you done a whole bunch of Business Analysis training or Software Testing training and now know all the theory basics? Fantastic. But there’s only so much studying that you can do towards landing that dream job.
The truth is that the more live project experience you have then the better prepared you will be when it comes to facing tough questions at your Business Analyst or Software Test Analyst interview.
Especially if they are scenario-based and set up to see what approach you will take and whether your current skillset will add value.
Furthermore, after successfully bagging the job the next problem is knowing exactly what to do for each task you are saddled with. This is very important if you want to keep the job after spending so much time in preparation for it.
We have now launched a new work experience and mentoring project to give you that valuable experience you need.
Why is this aimed at Business Analysts and Software Testers?
We strongly believe in the “Three Amigos” concept. This involves a business analyst, a software tester and a developer all coming together and reviewing anything that has been created for the project. As a group they ask any questions and define a clear view of what is being developed.
This type of group is best formed at the very beginning of the development process. They will oversee and have input from the initial planning stages all the way through to release. They are usually the group that does demo acceptance or actively organizes and directs the workflow. The main focus is for the team to show that they understand what they need to do. And they do this through questions, discussions of concrete examples, and proposed solutions. All this helps to mitigate issues later on in the development cycle
When working in this fashion there is huge scope for team members to develop a wide range of skills (including Agile, User stories, Project backlog, backlog grooming, Test Plan, Test cases, Test reports, Defect management, Change management, etc)
To participate in our live projects aspiring Business Analysts need to be able to:
- Create a Requirements Catalogue using MS Excel
Cleanse data, create reports/data visualisation using MS Excel
- Write User Stories with acceptance criteria
- Understand the different Ceremonies involved in Scrum (Sprint, Sprint Planning, Daily Scrum, Sprint Review, Sprint Retrospective)
- Write User Stories with acceptance criteria for an agile project
- Understand how to use JIRA to document requirements and assist Product Owner with Backlog grooming.
- Understand how to use Confluence to annotate your tasks and communicate with team
- Create Swim Lanes & Pool Diagrams using MS Visio or any other diagramming software
- Create Flow Charts using MS Visio or any other diagramming software
- Create As is & To be Gap Analysis using MS Visio or any other diagramming software
- Create Wireframes using MS Visio or any other diagramming software
To participate in our live projects aspiring Software Test Analysts need to be able to:
- Analyse requirements documentation
- Analyse and comprehend User Stories
- Understand acceptance criteria
- Verify test data and environments for use during testing.
- Create test plans
- Create test scenarios
- Create test steps using MS Excel
- Create test scripts using MS Excel
- Perform Front-end and back-end testing of website applications
- File bug tickets based on the outcome of QA test cycles in JIRA
- Be able to communicate with team via Confluence
- Create comprehensive QA reports
The main business analysis essentials training and software testing essentials training program is quite wide and generic. It touches almost every area that a Business Analyst or Software Tester should be familiar with (and could be involved with from project to project). The live Project focuses on delivering a solution for a particular problem and as such it is narrower in scope of the BA and QA techniques used.
That being said we still give refreshers in all of the above “essentials” on the mentoring program but it is ideal if the students really understand fully the how to, why, where and when to use certain techniques.
The next project on the cards for our Business Analyst’s and Software Testers will involve enhancements to an existing web portal. The project will be run in an agile mode and will be lead by a team of experienced Senior Business Analysts and Test Managers.
As you know for software products already developed, there is still a need to maintain and update it to fulfil the changing needs and demands of the users. As such good quality long-term support that can allow the effective implementation of any changes is required. The Project team will be expected to map as-is, to-be, analyse current requirements/change requests, hold story-sizing meetings, propose enhancements for client to review, create to-be flow charts , interpret, manage and test change requests accordingly.
We are now inviting aspiring Business Analysts and Software Testers to join the project and get a feel for working on a live application with various modules being built.
We are now taking registrations from aspiring Business Analysts and Software Test Analysts for the next programme.
This is set to commence from February 1st 2021.
If you want to be part of this exciting team please sign up on our dedicated IT professional training website: careertesters.com before January 25th 2021.
Remember, there is no need to visit our training centre to participate as everything is done online via Zoom, Google Meet, email and WhatsApp groups. As long as you have access to the http://www.slaterpharmacy.com internet, time available in the evenings to attend meetings then you will be just fine.
For more details of what our work experience and mentoring program involves please visit our dedicated web page for this here:
if you don’t have the required knowledge as detailed above and want to train as a business analyst see details of our standard business analysis training here.
if you don’t have the required knowledge and want to train as a software test analyst see details of our standard software testing training here.
Call us on 0208 443 2888 if you want to have a 1-2-1 conversation about any of this before joining.