I wanted to share a great presentation from the Project World and World Congress for Business Analysts conference in Anaheim this month. Russ Pena from Sun Trust presented their professional development framework. His organization has recognized the importance of the business analyst role and built a career path with 4 capability levels. Each level has a unique title and describes how much supervision would be needed at the level along with the typical type of work done by each BA. The levels are intermediate, advanced, lead and expert. The organization encourages employees to plan for and build their own career goals and gives them direction and support. The BAs are in the IT organization which has recognized the importance of consistency in job roles and expectations.
It was great to see an organization embracing our profession and investing in our future!